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Nursing Leakage news reached FRANCE : Cheating on exam taints standing of Philippine nurses

Cheating on exam taints standing of Philippine nurses
By Carlos H. Conde International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/21/news/nurses.php

Published: August 21, 2006

MANILA After disclosures that questions for the Philippines' nursing board examinations in June were leaked to hundreds of applicants, officials and industry experts warn that the country's status as one of the top sources in the world for nurses could be threatened.

The Philippines' Professional Regulation Commission has confirmed that questions in the board exams taken by more than 42,000 nursing graduates in June were provided in advance to hundreds of people.

The initial charges were made by students who said that the president of the Philippine Nurses Association had given the exam questions to students who had taken his coaching classes.

The president, George Cordero, has denied the charges and has resigned. He refused requests for an interview.

Nursing groups have asked the commission to compel the students to retake the exam, in part to repair the "tainted credibility of Filipino nurses here and abroad," according to one of the groups.

Industry groups also asked the courts to prevent those in Manila who passed the exam in June from taking their professional oath on Tuesday, a request the courts upheld last Friday. Students in the provinces had already taken their oaths.

Those who passed the exam in June said it would be unfair to force them to retake the exam or to delay their certification.

The Philippines is the leading source of nurses to the United States, with several thousand Filipino nurses moving there each year.

This year, a change in U.S. immigration law raised the limit on the number of foreign nurses that U.S. hospitals and clinics can hire. The move created more opportunities for Filipino nurses, who are also in demand in Europe, Japan and other more affluent Asian countries.

The examinations scandal, officials said, could greatly damage this status of Filipino nurses abroad. Already, Philippine officials said, U.S. recruiters are turning away nurses who took the board exams in June, while those who remain in the Philippines are also having difficulty finding jobs.

The integrity of previous nursing board exams is also under question.

The Philippine Senate has started investigating the scandal. Health experts at the hearing said they feared a moratorium by other countries on hiring Filipino nurses. "American hospitals, Japanese hospitals, European hospitals are watching us," said Senator Richard Gordon during a Senate hearing last week.

Although officials contend that the quality of Filipino nurses hired in other countries would not be affected in the long run because the new nurses generally must pass tests in destination countries, the credibility problem could persist.

The Philippine economy is heavily dependent on remittances sent home by millions of its citizens who work overseas.

Gordon, the senator, criticized what he called "a culture of cheating" in the Philippines.

"We have a tendency to want to beat the system, in the elections, in sports accreditations, and even in civil service exams."

MANILA After disclosures that questions for the Philippines' nursing board examinations in June were leaked to hundreds of applicants, officials and industry experts warn that the country's status as one of the top sources in the world for nurses could be threatened.

The Philippines' Professional Regulation Commission has confirmed that questions in the board exams taken by more than 42,000 nursing graduates in June were provided in advance to hundreds of people.

The initial charges were made by students who said that the president of the Philippine Nurses Association had given the exam questions to students who had taken his coaching classes.

The president, George Cordero, has denied the charges and has resigned. He refused requests for an interview.

Nursing groups have asked the commission to compel the students to retake the exam, in part to repair the "tainted credibility of Filipino nurses here and abroad," according to one of the groups.

Industry groups also asked the courts to prevent those in Manila who passed the exam in June from taking their professional oath on Tuesday, a request the courts upheld last Friday. Students in the provinces had already taken their oaths.

Those who passed the exam in June said it would be unfair to force them to retake the exam or to delay their certification.

The Philippines is the leading source of nurses to the United States, with several thousand Filipino nurses moving there each year.

This year, a change in U.S. immigration law raised the limit on the number of foreign nurses that U.S. hospitals and clinics can hire. The move created more opportunities for Filipino nurses, who are also in demand in Europe, Japan and other more affluent Asian countries.

The examinations scandal, officials said, could greatly damage this status of Filipino nurses abroad. Already, Philippine officials said, U.S. recruiters are turning away nurses who took the board exams in June, while those who remain in the Philippines are also having difficulty finding jobs.

The integrity of previous nursing board exams is also under question.

The Philippine Senate has started investigating the scandal. Health experts at the hearing said they feared a moratorium by other countries on hiring Filipino nurses. "American hospitals, Japanese hospitals, European hospitals are watching us," said Senator Richard Gordon during a Senate hearing last week.

Although officials contend that the quality of Filipino nurses hired in other countries would not be affected in the long run because the new nurses generally must pass tests in destination countries, the credibility problem could persist.

The Philippine economy is heavily dependent on remittances sent home by millions of its citizens who work overseas.

Gordon, the senator, criticized what he called "a culture of cheating" in the Philippines.

"We have a tendency to want to beat the system, in the elections, in sports accreditations, and even in civil service exams."


FROM : http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/21/news/nurses.php

MR. ANG ang mga katulad mo ang sumisira sa reputasyon ng pilipinas! Yung mga katulad mo at ng UST ang may kasalanan kung bakit lumaki ng ganito ang issue at umabot sa ibang bansa! ikaw at ang mga katulad mo ang sumisira sa reputasyon ng mga pilipinong nurse at ng bansang Pilipinas!

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