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US firm announces willingness to hire all 17,000 new nurses

US firm announces willingness to hire all 17,000 new nurses


THE crisis in the nursing profession is brewing but the 2006 nursing board passers yesterday saw a ray of hope after a US-based healthcare company expressed its willingness to hire all the 17,000 nurses who passed the Nursing Licensure Examination given in June.

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Commissioner Atty. Renato Valdecantos said the announcement made by the owners of California-based GSN Inc. about the need for new nurses has "lifted the morale of the passers very tremendously."

"This year’s board passers have been getting negative publicity. Their spirits are dampened. But it’s good that GSN made the announcement," Valdecantos noted.

GSN Inc. president Grace Navae and husband David Hoff surprised the hundreds of students who were chanting "No Retake" when they declared their eagerness to hire the nurses.

"Whatever is going on locally, that will have no influence in you getting work in the United States," Navae said. "All 17,000 nurses are welcome in the US. All are available to be hired. You went through your four-year training, therefore, you should be allowed to practice your profession," Hoff told the new nurses.

"If you come to the US, you will be required to go through several processes to determine your competency… so even if you’re the Top 1 board passer or not, it doesn’t really matter," he explained.

Laurence Ignacio of Fatima College University in Valenzuela said "Nabuhayan kami ng loob. Puro negative na lang kasi naririnig namin. Nagutom kami sa balita na pabor naman sa amin."

Antoinette De Castro of Perpetual Help College Manila echoed a similar point adding "we are thankful that we heard the side of the employers. Alam namin na may future din kami sa States."

Earlier, a group of students and teachers from the University of Sto. Tomas and the Far Eastern University (FEU) sought from the Court of Appeals (CA) to restrain the oath-taking of examinees who allegedly benefited from the reported leakage.

An official of the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) also proposed for a retake in the exams, noting that the Philippines has lost its bid to become an accredited venue for the American licensure exams for foreign nurses.

"We will not be included in the agenda of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to be considered as a testing site. Our status had been deferred," CFO head Dante Ang said during a television interview.

Ang said he received information that the country’s application to be included in the list of international testing centers of the US National Commission on Licensure Examination (NCLEX) had been put on hold.

He also said several NCSBN officials visited the Philippines last March are closely monitoring the developments of the investigation on the test leakage. He said at least 83 percent of NCLEX examinees in international testing centers, particularly in Hong Kong, Guam and Saipan, are Filipinos.


Meanwhile, Malacañang has refused to intervene in the scandal, saying PRC has the situation under control.

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the alleged test leak was an "isolated case" and should not put to shame the pool of highly-skilled Filipino nurses here and abroad.

"This should not be cause for any stigma on our nurses or other professionals who remain to be among the best in the world," he said in a statement.

Bunye however said the culprits must be charged and tried and those found guilty punished to the full extent of the law.

Lakas-CMD Rep. Monico Puentevella, chairman of the House committee on transportation, also chided moves for a retake of the test.

Puentevella revealed that compared to the results of the examinations in the past five years, the June 2006 examination showed the lowest passing percentage at 42.42 percent.

Furthermore, the Bacolod City lawmaker noted that examinees from Baguio City registered the lowest passing average compared with the 10 other test centers.

Puentevella said he has decided to file a bill that would regulate the operation of review centers as part of his contribution to the nursing profession in the country.


MR. ANG just do your job, wag kn mkisawsaw sa issue sa NLE.. kng ak nmn t2nungin e mas gs2 k tlga n sa ibng bansa nlng mag take ng NCLEX dhl d2 s pinas e wlang kwenta.. at least pg sa ibng bnsa kht mgastos mge2njoy p kmi.. mka2pag tour.. d2 puro problema.. bka skli dun mgkaron kmi ng peace of mind hbng nge2xam.. unlike d2 n puro pmu2litiko ng mga gahaman sa kapangyarihan..

Yes, I agree! So what if we lost our bid to have the NCLEX here in the Philippines. Let the cheats bear that in their conscience forever. It would be better to take the NCLEX elsewhere where I can be guaranteed that there will be no leakage and retake issue... Hay naku, sobrang traumatized na ako with the whole issue. Parang ang labas kasi, we who passed the board exams in all honesty will be made to redeem the tainted integrity of the nursing profession. Bakit kami? The UST dean said, for cleansing to take place, everybody must retake the exam... ha??? lahat ba nag-cheat?? Why would the board passers cleanse the nursing profession for the cheats by retaking the exam? It doesn't make sense.

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