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Friday, March 09, 2007

ANA's Statement on the June 2006 PNLE


SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging the Philippine government to facilitate a retake of the nurse licensure exam without penalty for the nurses who passed the June 2006 examination. Following investigations by both the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and the Philippine government, it was discovered at least 110 questions (22 percent) of the 500 question exam were known by large numbers of examinees and test-preparation operators at least two days prior to commencement of the examination.

“It is clear that the exam was significantly compromised. In the interest of public health and safety, ANA believes that every effort must be made to protect the integrity of the professional exam and licensure process in order to uphold the public trust and confidence,” commented President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR.
ANA has resolved that all passing applicants of the June 2006 Philippine nurse licensure exam wishing to be considered for entrance into the United States to practice nursing should be required to retake a new and different nurse licensure test and obtain a passing score. ANA recognizes the June 2006 applicants who passed the examination are lawfully licensed to practice nursing in the Philippines. However, U.S. law requires that all non-U.S. licensed registered nurses applicants be reviewed to determine if the foreign educated nurse’s education, training license and experience is comparable to that of a registered nurse in the United States. Given the extent to which the June 2006 exam was compromised, there are significant questions as to whether the exam can be considered a reliable test of nursing knowledge.

Foreign educated nurses are required to be prescreened and certified as part of the temporary or permanent occupational visa application process, as detailed in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. ANA was one of the strongest proponents of the pre-screening provisions of that legislation as part of the association’s commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards, and ensuring a prescreening process that works to protect the public safety.

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The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member nurses associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession
by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

to read the ANA's letter to the PRC Chair:

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ombudsman okays filing of charges vs 2 nursing officials

Ombudsman okays filing of charges vs 2 nursing officials


Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez yesterday approved the filing of criminal charges against two members of the Board of Nursing (BON) for the 2006 nursing exams leakage.

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Nursing exam retake voluntary, says Ermita

Nursing exam retake voluntary, says Ermita

Only those who wish to work in the United States may take the repeat examination for Tests 3 and 5 of the June 2006 nursing licensure exams to be conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

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Tit for tat: Puentevella threatens Americans

Tit for tat: Puentevella threatens Americans

administration congressman on Tuesday threatened American citizens who will break the law in the Philippines would have a hard time dealing with the government and the country’s laws.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

CGFNS Meets with Philippine Delegation

PHILADELPHIA, PA — MARCH 5, 2007 — The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International) Board of Trustees President Dr. Lucille Joel, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Barbara Nichols, and counsel to CGFNS John Ratigan met in extended discussion with the Philippine Task Force organized by Congressman Monico Puentevella on March 5 at CGFNS headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. They heard the Task Force present its concerns about CGFNS's decision to deny VisaScreen® certification to the June 2006 passers of the Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam. In addition to Congressman Puentevella, the Task Force was composed of Dr. Leonor T. Rosero, Chair of the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission, Dr. Remigia Nathanielz, representing the Commission on Higher Education and Philippine Nurses Association, and the leader of a group of June 2006 nursing licensees, Renato Aquino. After listening to and reviewing the concerns of the delegation, Joel and Nichols explained that CGFNS's decision was based on the requirements of U.S. law and was not subject to re-negotiation or further review.

Dr. Joel and Dr. Nichols explained the following to the Philippine delegation that:

* This decision was based on U.S. law, and what U.S. law required of CGFNS in the circumstances of the June 2006 examination. The key question was not what Philippine authorities did, but what U. S. authorities would have done in similar circumstances.

* CGFNS determined that in the case of the June 2006 Philippine license examination, the compromise situation was handled in a way that was not comparable to the way it had been handled in the U.S.

* CGFNS has been gathering information on this matter almost since it occurred. Dr. Nichols led a fact-finding team to Manila in September 2006 for exactly that purpose. CGFNS has been well and thoroughly informed of developments throughout this process.

* As Dr. Nichols advised Dr. Rosero, the decision on this issue made and announced by the CGFNS Board of Trustees on February 14 was unanimous. That decision is final, and will not be reconsidered. The Philippine delegation accepted that fact.

* We hope that is the message the delegation will take back to the Philippines -- that the time for challenges and delegations is past.

* The sooner the responsible authorities in the Philippines move forward to implement the steps for a re-take of Tests 3 and 5, without the need for Philippine nurses to surrender their current licenses in order to do so, the better it will be for all concerned.

CGFNS announced on October 26, 2006 that it was questioning the eligibility for VisaScreen certification of the Philippine nurses who passed the Professional Regulation Commission's (PRC) June 2006 nursing licensing exam based on the widespread allegations that the June 2006 Philippine Nursing Licensing Exam had been compromised.

The CGFNS Board of Trustees directed its staff and counsel to review and assess whether the licensure process based on the challenged results of the June 2006 exam is "comparable" with that required for nurses licensed in America, as required by U.S. law. CGFNS then made a final determination on February 14, 2007 that the licensure process was not comparable and moved to deny VisaScreen certification for Philippine Nurses Who Passed the Compromised June 2006 Philippine Licensure Examination.

The CGFNS VisaScreen Program, administered by the International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP), a division of CGFNS, is a federal screening program mandated by U.S. immigration law. U.S. law designates CGFNS to determine whether internationally-educated healthcare professionals who wish to obtain a visa to practice in the U.S. possess education, training, license and experience that is "comparable with that required for an American healthcare worker of the same type."

The CGFNS decision provided a remedy by which the June passers could regain their eligibility for VisaScreen certification by re-taking and passing the compromised Tests 3 and 5 with a passing score of 75. CGFNS urged the Philippine authorities to authorize a re-take of those tests without surrender of licensure.

The integrity of foreign licensing systems ultimately affects the health and safety of patients in the United States, a primary consideration of CGFNS in its role in evaluating foreign-educated healthcare workers under U.S. immigration law. The decision that was made final on February 14, 2007 supports this critical mission of CGFNS.

CGFNS International is an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification pertaining to the education, registration and licensure of nurses and healthcare professionals worldwide. CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral, nonprofit organization with 30 years of experience in certifying the credentials of over 450,000 internationally educated nurses and other healthcare workers.


CGFNS turns down 4-member RP appeal team

CGFNS turns down 4-member RP appeal team

MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) on Monday (Philadelphia time, Tuesday in Manila) rejected with finality the appeal of a four-member Philippine mission to reconsider its decision to withhold VisaScreen certification to the passers of the June 2006 nursing board exam.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Final try to change mind of CGFNS

Final try to change mind of CGFNS

By Maricel V. Cruz, Reporter

A team headed by Rep. Monico Puentevella left for the United States on Sunday on a mission to convince the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools to reconsider its decision on the retake of portions of the leak-tainted June 2006 nursing licensure examinations.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

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