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Local hospitals reluctant to accept June nursing exam passers

Local hospitals reluctant to accept June nursing exam passers
By Lizanilla J. Amarga

THE reluctance to accept those who passed the controversial June 2006 Nursing Licensure Exam has now reportedly reached hospital and medical clinic officials in Northern Mindanao.

But the regional office of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) is convinced that there is little truth to these reports considering that there are a considerable number of successful nursing examinees of the previous exams who have also been refused employment in the region.

Earlier, there were reports that some hospitals and clinics in Manila and some parts of Luzon voiced reluctance in accepting those who passed the above nursing licensure examination.

In a statement sent to Sun.Star, seventh placer of the controversial exams Jocybel "Bing" Adriano-Itorralba, together with several other local passers, intimated that some local hospitals and clinics are hesitant in accepting those who took the above exam.

"We passed the board exams fair and square. We did not cheat. This will serve as a challenge for us especially that there are some institutions that are reluctant to accept June 2006 board passers," Itorralba said.

Mae and Sherry confirmed Itorralba's statement saying they have now attempted to apply for jobs but so far their efforts have proved futile.

"When they knew that we passed the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Exam, they then asked us a lot of requirements and gave us a run-around," Mae said.

Sherry for her part said a local hospital even told them they would have to wait for the decision of the Court of Appeals before accepting them.

"Because, the court might decide to invalidate our passing the examination," she said.

But PRC regional director Estrella Malik said there may be little truth to these reported reluctance by hospital and medical clinic officials to accept nursing exam passers.

She said this as she cited how there are still several passers of the previous exams who have also been refused by these local hospitals and clinics.

"I don't think there is any truth that they are not being accepted," she said.

Malik said there are certain hospitals and medical clinics that put a lot of priority on those who do not just meet the regular requirements but also those "extra" factors.

She cited how some hospitals and clinics prefer those who graduated from better schools or those who have a lot of experience among other variables.

"Those being considered by huge hospitals are mostly those who graduated from major schools," she said.

She added that those who graduated from the University of the Philippines or La Salle University are likely to have better chances of being accepted than those who graduated from small schools.


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