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Nursing board passer afraid to go through wringer again

Nursing board passer afraid to go through wringer again

By Norman Bordadora
Last updated 05:41pm (Mla time) 10/07/2006

THE pressure would just be too much.

This is how a teary-eyed Claudine Navalta summed up her sentiments -- and perhaps, those of her fellow board passers -- about once again going through the wringer that the nursing board examinations are.

Navalta, the ninth placer in the June 2006 board examinations and a graduate of World Citi Colleges, said her parents worked hard to put her through nursing school while she did her utmost to not only pass the test but hurdle it with distinction.

"I'm afraid to take the examinations again. I'm afraid not because I cheated but because of the high level of anxiety that goes with having to go through it again," Navalta said at the weekly Kapihan sa Sulo news forum Saturday.

Navalta was answering a question on whether the board passers would rather go through a retake of the tests or carry the stigma of having passed a leakage-tainted examination throughout their professional life as nurses.

"There's tension especially for me because I placed ninth in the exams. Let them not take away from me what I worked hard for, what my parents worked hard for," she said in between sobs.

Told that she'd have the chance to be No. 1 if the exams were retaken, Navalta said, "I'm already satisfied with what I have."

Navalta admitted that she also went through the Gapuz Review Center, one of the refresher schools linked to the leakage scandal that rocked the June 2006 board examinations.

"But I did not receive any leakage. If I had, all of my friends would have passed," she said.

Parents of the June 2006 board passers, who attended the same news forum, threatened civil disobedience by snubbing the tests if President Macapagal-Arroyo goes ahead with issuing an executive order on the retake.

"We'll tell our children not to take the exams if she issues the EO. That is our right," said Dr. Raul Grageda, an orthopedic and trauma doctor at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

He has two sons who passed the June 2006 boards -- Philippine Women's University graduates Muriel and Michael. Both also took review classes at one of the Gapuz centers.

"They didn't cheat," said Grajeda of his sons. He is one of the leaders of the Alliance of Parents of 2006 Nursing Board Passers.

The parents' group and the board passers' Alliance of New Nurses (ANN) are of the position that the government should first wait for the decision of the Court of Appeals on the petition against any re-take of the June 2006 boards.

"Some personalities in the local community…believe that (a) stigma has been placed on the board passers and the nursing profession, while in fact they themselves are giving away reckless, unjustifiable information to the public," said ANN in a statement.

As an example, ANN noted that many hospitals and health institutions have denied the report that they were not inclined to hire June 2006 board passers.

"One misleading (piece of) information is about not having the National Council Licensure Examination situated in the Philippines because of this controversy," ANN said.

"(The) spokesperson of the NCLEX disagreed because according to them, what they are after is the political stability of the country and not (the resolution of) the said leakage controversy," the group added.

i am supporting the alliance of new nurses as well as the parents of the june 2006 board passers in their fight for a no retake. thank you po sa inyo, mabuhay kau!


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