OPEN LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE PEOPLE OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ITS GOVERNMENT, AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT, PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION, THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT, PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, NURSING LEADERS AND JUNE PASSERS.
A CALL FOR HELP, JUSTICE, UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE
Have you tried give a child a candy or lollipop? I guess you did, but did you tried to take the candy you had given to him. Will he/she be happy? Definitely that child will cry. That is what happened to us, June 2006, Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination Passer. We were given the title NURSE because we passed the exam and met the required standards. We fought for our rights and we won over the highest court in the Philippines, the Supreme Court. We struggled; we face the embarrassment even though we haven't done anything wrong. We won over the court because we are proven ELIGIBLE and CAPABLE to work our Profession.
We are like hectares of ripe tomatoes and one of them is rotten, will you throw hectares of tomatoes because one was rotten? So please don't talk as if everyone did the crime. If only few people did this unlawful act then punish them but not everyone. I personally will volunteer to retake if those people who made this crime are punished. DOLE, PRC and the Government of the Philippines did not sue or put to case those people who neglected their work such as those two Board of Nursing members during the June examinations. We want them to pay for the wrongs that they did, they should be the one to be punished not INNOCENT passers. The government should take action because this leakage issue is solely because of neglect of duty as a servant of our nation. Corruption is one of the reasons why this thing happened.
This won’t be an issue as a matter of fact because the issue has been cleared and we won the decision of the court. The decision of the court indicates that we have the knowledge, skill, experience and eligibility. The following phrases were quoted in one of the email replies of ANA, these will be answered one by one.
First: "ANA considers this to be a matter of public health and safety. Absolute integrity of the professional licensure and exam process must be strictly maintained for purposes of public safety and confidence."
We are happy that ANA stands by a philosophy of maintaining good integrity on professional licensure and exam, because this is necessary to protect the public health of a country. What ANA did not understand or take into consideration that the issue on public health was addressed during court proceeding and that the courts decision is that the June board passers are eligible, capable, has enough knowledge and skills to work as a nurse.
Second: "ANA recognizes that these nurses are duly licensed and able to practice within the Philippines. Our interests lie with those who wish to come to the United States to practice nursing."
Therefore if ANA recognize that we are duly licensed and able to practice within the Philippines then it’s clearly saying that we have the knowledge and what's necessary to become a Registered Nurse. Therefore no public safety was questioned because you didn't question our eligibility as nurses. You are saying that your only concern is the public safety of your people, and Philippine government does not care about public safety of its people at all? Before a nurse Filipino nurse can work as a registered nurse in your country they are obliged to take US exams which are CGFNS and NCLEX. The PNLEX (Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination) solely made to test the capacity of our local nurses to work locally. Your exam is different with our exam here. And you have two exams to test the capability of Filipino nurses. Then there's nothing to worry unless if you doubt your own exams.
Third: "ANA understands that investigations into this matter have found that Tests #3 and #5 were substantially compromised. However, there was nothing that was made public that indicates that these were the only two tests of the exam that were compromised – only that these were the most compromised."
It comes from your own statement. There was no substantial evidence to prove that there was no leak question on tests 1, 2 and 4, but there's also no substantial evidence that there was leak questions in the said tests. In law, no one/nothing is proven guilty/wrong unless proven so. You don’t have the proof therefore no leakage on test 1,2 and 4.
Lastly: "Nursing is responsible and accountable for assuring that only those individuals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skill, practice experiences, commitment, and integrity essential to professional practice are allowed to enter into and continue to practice within the profession."
This was answered, a court trial was made and the court decided that we are capable, we have the knowledge, skills, practice experiences, commitment and our integrity was established, we won it. Not everyone cheated but only a few. If you won’t respect the Supreme Court then you don’t respect the Philippines Independence over countries like yours. If the Philippines Government will follow what you instruct then we are not an independent country. We live by your laws and by your decision and that's what I don’t want to happen. If this decision is just to show that your powerful please stop, are lives are broken, we're destroyed and you keep destroying us.
The DOLE who handles PRC should take action in this kind of humiliation. We are a country with its own government, why do we do what other country directed. We are a separate entity; we are not part of US then why let US do the decision for us.
DOLE why that short span of review? You are paying the review and you are proud of it but why that short? Please think twice before saying or doing something, we count on you and we got a week review? For God sake we reviewed at least 3 months when we took the June 2006 Board and we are not that confident that time and you give us a week review. If this step is for us to fail the exam and then retake it on December for your office to earn money from us please stop the corruption. Do what’s right. You’re saying that we have to retake because US said that we don’t have the integrity; I say you don’t have integrity too; will you step down and study again?
Is PRC doing things to fight for the passers because they are afraid to be blamed for all of this? Well they are the main reason why this happened and they should be the one to be blamed. No goodness can cover past fault as long as that someone was punished.
The President said once that there will be no retake, well, why are you saying that we should retake. Are you afraid because US told so or because if we wont retake, NCLEX wont be located here and we are the sacrifice.
I don’t mean to put down someone, an office or a country but I guess its time these people wake up realize their faults and do something good
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