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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

BoN denies nursing results out this week. Exam checkers to go on quarantine Thursday

By Veronica Uy
Last updated 02:54pm (Mla time) 08/15/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- A flurry of text messages has been circulating that the results of the June 2007 nursing licensure examinations will be out this week, but the Board of Nursing (BoN) on Wednesday denied this and said the results will be released toward the end of August.

According to the text messages, the results will be released at the offices of the Professional Regulation Commission on August 15, on the Internet on August 16, and through newspapers on August 17.

“Good luck sa atin [to us] and please pass. Thanks,” the message also said. Some messages even mention a passing rate.

The editorial office of, which regularly posts the results of professional licensure exams, also fielded several calls Wednesday evening asking if the nursing board results were out.

But in a phone interview, BoN member Dean Marco Sto. Tomas said there is no truth to the text messages. “This is only raising the anxiety level of the examinees and their parents. As we’ve stated in a letter to the deans of nursing colleges, the results will come out toward the end of August,” he said.

Sto. Tomas said the board will actually go on a second self-imposed quarantine starting Thursday, August 16, emerging only after the board results are released.

A few days before the June 2007 exams, all the board members also went on quarantine.

These precautions, he said, are being taken after last year’s exams were mired in controversy when it was found that portions of the test were leaked to examinees enrolled with some review centers.

The answers by the almost 80,000 nursing graduates who took the exam two months ago have all been read by the PRC’s ocular media readers and stored in the computers, he said.

Sto. Tomas said that when he and fellow BoN members go into quarantine, the correct answers will be encoded into the PRC computers.

“Right now, nobody -- not even members of the board like myself -- can say that these many passed or these many failed because there are still no correct answers against which the computers will form a basis for saying that so many passed or so many failed. Also at this stage, the takers have still not been identified,” he said, explaining that as of now, the examinees are only known by a bar code number.

Only when the computers have matched the actual answers with the correct answers and the names of the examinees with their assigned identification numbers can the results be known.

But even at this stage, those who pass or fail will still not be known. Sto. Tomas said the BoN would still have to determine the mean based on the results.

“The mean will determine the passing grade for this exam. But the board would still have to deliberate on this passing grade because we might consider adjustments if the highest is too high and the lowest is too low…After this final deliberation, there is still one last stage we have to undergo. We take 50 sheets at random and check manually if the computer has done the matching correctly,” he said.

He said some 13,000 nursing graduates retook the exam, either because of the CGFNS ruling or the Supreme Court decision when the controversy reached the high tribunal. In the case of those identified by the Supreme Court, he said, the BoN will release the results of their exam.

Labor Secretary Arturo Brion will release the results of the rest of those who retook the board exam.

“Hopefully this would bring back integrity to the Philippine nursing licensure exams,” he said.

Board Exam Results June 2007 UPDATE


I've checked with the PRC main office last day and told them that I work for a student nurses organization so that I could be given a correspondence.

They gave me a paper that they gave on the different schools and universities. It states there that the result is estimated to be released LAST WEEK OF AUGUST.

I asked one of the lawyers from PRC, if they can give an exact date, they said, no exact date can be given but they said that AUGUST 27, 2007 is a safe day to release the result, that is because it is MONDAY and the first working day and the most probable day that they are already finished with the results.

This the same lawyer that told me that the December board exam last year will be released by january 14... and I posted the information here around january 10. People got mad at me but was diffused when the result was actually released january 14, and posted in public the next day, which was january 15.

DISCLAIMER : I am just relaying what the prc officials had personally told me. I am not claiming any exact dates for the release of the results.

- By Lawrence [ Comments? Feedback? email : ]

Answers to California NCLEX-RN Application Questions

Okay I have read the comments in my California Application article and I am here to answer your queries:

You can go visit the NCSBN Review at their website Learning Extension most of their course offerings and prices are there.

In terms of printing the application form you need not print it back to back in separate sheets will do.

I am sorry but I am not quite familiar with the New Mexico Nursing Application. I do not want to give you wrong informations or misguide you since I haven't experienced first hand applying there.

I am not so sure what will happen when you register first in PearsonVue prior to applying to California BON. What exactly did you do when you registered in PearsonVue? Did you pay the registration fee? Because in my own understanding basically you register to inform them that you already got an eligibility from the state that you are applying. Try to contact PearsonVue to know the best thing to do with your situation.

The letter of explanation is just a letter addressed to the Board of Nursing telling that you do not have a license here in the Philippines or whatever reason you may want to say. The important thing is that you give them a letter and some really say that they do not intend to practice here in the Philippines that is why they do not have a license here. So to sum it up, if they do not see a copy of your license this might prolong the process of your application since they will write you a letter telling you to provide a copy of your license or a letter explaining why you do not have a license. So it is important to provide a letter regardless of your reason so your application process will not be delayed.

As for the money order I am not too familiar with the process here in the Philippines since in my case I have a family member there in the US and I had the manager's check done there. You can inquire in banks on how to go about the process and make sure the check is payable to BOARD OF REGISTERED NURSING. Also they DO NOT accept personal checks as far as I know.

First of all I take it that you have not applied to any state yet. Please DO NOT REGISTER IN PEARSON VUE not unless you received an eligibility from the state you applied in. Once you get your eligibility that is the time you register in PearsonVue. I am not sure what are the consequences if you do otherwise but just follow the process. You can change the state you applied in at the PearsonVue website. Since you said you already registered just log in with your username and password to access your information.

Please decide what state you really want to apply to in order to prevent further delays. Changing of state registered will cost you $50.

If that is what the disclaimer says then maybe a copy of your diploma will suffice just wait for the California BON if they will request anything more from you. You register in PearsonVue once you get a letter from California Board of Nursing saying that you are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Well those were the questions posted and I hoped it helped to clarify some questions you guys have. Please email me or leave comments so I can answer them as soon as I can and with the best of my abilities.

Thanks and God bless!

Reason why the PRC site is down

Reason why the PRC site is down


The PRC site is down NOT BECAUSE they are updating the site. As a webmaster, I know that a site can be updated without turning it offline.

The site is down because it has been reported that it EXCEEDED the bandwidth, meaning, a lot of pepole are accessing the site in anticipation for the results.

FYI, The PRC site was down the half of december and january before the december board exam... same reason, too many people are accessing the site.

Please be patient. The more you visit the site, the more it adds to the bandwidth. Usually, the result will be published on news agencies first and not on the website of PRC [Because it is always down during these times]

Take care, and goodluck!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Nursing Board Exam Result of June 2007 not expected to be released this August 15 to 20.

Nursing Board Exam Result of June 2007 not expected to be released this August 15 to 20.

To help allay your anxieties and fears, do not expect that the result will be released this August 15 to 20.

This is because August 15 to 20 are the days for the statistical analysis and deliberation.

So relax.... and goodluck!

Sample Nursing Examinations - Answer & Rationale

Steven, an athletic 20-year-old college student, suffered a fractured shoulder and sprained wrist in a fall at a ski resort.

  1. In developing Steven's care plan following surgery, which of the following typical problems would you anticipate?

A. He will undergo an alteration in self-concept.

B. He will experience anxiety as a result of flashbacks about the skiing accident.

C. He will have impaired mobility caused by immobilization of upper extremity.

D. There will be abnormal tissue perfusion caused by swelling.

If you use both the information provided and your understanding of surgical needs following reduction of a fracture, the only problem that would normally occur is impaired mobility. In analyzing data you would first attempt to recall and understand typical scenarios or patterns of needs that commonly occur. Validate your problem definition by incorporating specialized data or individualized signs and symptoms presented by your client. These specialized data should be accompanied by a statement of cause. For example, if you note that Steven's fingertips are cold and pitting edema is forming on the back of the hand, your analytic statement might be option D, abnormal tissue perfusion caused by swelling. An accurate analysis of data provides a valid and useful framework for planning patient care.

Jean Thomas is a 25-year-old secretary admitted to the emergency room with diaphoresis, hyperventilation, palpitations, and trembling. Jean tells the nurse that she has been "very upset and nervous" over a poor employment evaluation. A tentative diagnosis of acute anxiety episode is made.

  1. Which of the following acid-base imbalances would likely occur as a result of Jean's hyperventilation?

A. Respiratory acidosis

B. Respiratory alkalosis

C. Metabolic acidosis

D. Metabolic alkalosis

The intended response is B, since hyperventilation will cause an increased loss of CO2,

Mrs. Durham is recovering from a colon resection for removal of a malignant mass in the large bowel. Following breakfast one morning, she told the nurse, "I'm tired of waiting, I want my bath now. You're never here when I need you."

  1. Which of the following responses by the nurse is most appropriate?

    A. What do you mean, I'm never here? I spent all three hours with you yesterday, Mrs. Durham.

    B. I'm sorry you've been waiting Mrs. Durham. Let's get you comfortable now and I'll be back in twenty minutes to give you a bath.

    C. I'm doing my best, Mrs. Durham. You know I have three other patients to take care of today, besides you.

    D. I must see Mrs. Jones right now, Mrs. Durham. She's really sick today. I'll be back as soon as I can.

    The only appropriate response is option B. Acknowledge her feelings and give her a clear, factual response to her concern. Never challenge a patient's statements and don't be defensive (option C). Do not reprimand the patient unnecessarily or talk about the needs of the other patients ( options C and D). In this case you did not need to know a lot about colon resections to answer this question. You did need to have skill in basic communication and human interaction.

Brian, aged 4 years, is sitting in the pediatric day room with Michael, another patient. He suddenly realizes that he has wet his pants and runs to the nurse, crying.

  1. The most appropriate initial response by the nurse is:

A. Why, Brian, what happened? Why did you wet your pants?

B. You know better than this, Brian; next time you'll get a good spanking.

C. Let's take off those wet pants, Brian, and put on something dry so you'll be more comfortable.

D. Wait until I tell Michael what you did. Aren't you ashamed of yourself?

Several relevant principles come into play in this item in selecting the correct answer. A very basic principle is, "The nurse shows respect for the individual in treating human responses to actual or potential health problems." In other words, focus on treating the patient with respect first and then attempt to modify wrong behavior. This principle shows an acceptable standard of nursing action. The intended response is C.

Margaret O'Hara, a 30-year-old known diabetic, is brought to the emergency department by ambulance. The paramedic team reports symptoms of apparent hyperglycemia. Stat blood glucose is 640.

  1. The nurse is aware that excess serum glucose acts to draw fluids osmotically with resultant polyuria. In addition to increased urinary output, the nurse should expect to observe which of the following sets of symptoms in Margaret?

A. Polydipsia, diaphoresis, bradycardia

B. Thirst, dry mucous membranes, hot dry skin

C. Hypotension, bounding pulse, headache

D. Nervousness, rapid respirations, diarrhea

The intended response is B, because these are all symptoms associated with the dehydration that occurs in hyperglycemia. Although polydypsia is expected (response A), diaphoresis does not occur in the body's effort to compensate by holding back fluid. The patient would experience tachycardia as a cardiac compensatory mechanism, causing a rapid, thready pulse. Headache and nervousness (responses C and D) are symptoms associated with hypoglycemia.

Molly Flannery is a 67-year-old female with chronic congestive heart failure and hypertension. She is being evaluated for complaints of muscular weakness and general fatigue.

  1. Molly's serum electrolyte studies reveal a K+ level of 2.9. Which of the following medications taken by the patient at home contributed most to her hypokalemic state?

A. Digoxin, .125 mg, PO, daily

B. Lasix, 80 mg, PO, daily

C. Aldomet, 250 mg, PO, tid

D. Aspirin, 10 grains, bid

The intended response is B, since Lasix, in addition to its diuretic action, also wastes K+ by increasing urinary excretion. Digoxin, response A, contributes to K+ loss by enhancing urinary output, but Lasix is much more directly related to the development of hypokalemia. Response C is an anti-hypertensive that is not related to K+ loss. Response D, aspirin, may have been prescribed as myocardial infarction prophylaxis, and is not related to K+ loss.

Mr. Robert Bacchus is a 63-year-old retired business executive who comes to the emergency room with complaints of dyspnea, shortness of breath, and chest pain radiating to the left arm.

  1. The nurse caring for Mr. Bacchus should implement which of the following actions FIRST?

A. Administer prescribed pain medication

B.. Apply oxygen per nasal cannula as ordered

C. Assess vital signs

D. Apply electrocardiogram electrodes to the patient's chest

The intended response is C, since vital sign assessment will provide baseline data of vital cardiac and respiratory function, which will then serve as a guideline for diagnosis and therapy measures.

Loberta Jackson, a 21-year-old college student, is admitted to a medical unit with diagnosis of uncontrolled diabetes, acute hypoglycemic reaction.

  1. Loberta explains to the admitting nurse that she had been feeling "sick to my stomach, like I was coming down with the flu" for the past 48 hours. She has continued to take her usual daily dosage of insulin. Noting that Loberta has been admitted with a blood-glucose value of 46, which of the following assessment questions would provide the most valuable information about Loberta's status?

A.. "Have you been under a great deal of stress lately, Loberta?"

B. "Were you having difficulty sleeping after this illness started?"

C. "Have you eaten anything in the past 48 hours?"

D. "Did you take any medications for this illness other than your insulin?"

The intended response is C, because it is highly probable that Loberta, feeling "sick to her stomach," has not taken in adequate foods and fluids, and coupled with taking her usual dosage of daily insulin, has brought about an acute hypoglycemic reaction. (Higher than normal circulating levels of insulin with insufficient food intake of essential nutrients will result in acute decreased blood-glucose levels). Response A, focusing on increased stress, would more than likely stimulate a hyperglycemic reaction, since stress causes elevations of blood glucose. Response D, focusing on other medications the patient has taken, would probably not trigger a hypoglycemic reaction. Response B is unrelated to her present status.

Jerry is a 32-year-old white male. He has been married for 10 months, and he and his wife, Sue, are expecting their first child in 6 months. Prior to marrying Sue, Jerry was sexually active and nonmonogamous. He has been sexually active since the age of 18. Recently Jerry has complained of persistent dry cough, night sweats, and a temperature over 100?F. Although Jerry is concerned about his weight and watches his diet, he has lost 15 pounds without even trying. Upon assessing Jerry, he admits to having had sexual intercourse with prostitutes, both male and female, during the last 10 years.

  1. Jerry's symptoms of elevated temperature, chills, and dry cough are probably related to which undiagnosed condition?

A. Alteration in tissue perfusion

B. An infection, etiology unknown

C. Indigestion from too frequent traveling

D. Lack of knowledge related to frequent travel

The intended response is B. Classic signs and symptoms of infection are fever, chills, loss of appetite, generalized myalgias, or localized pain and discomfort. The dry cough that Jerry experiences can be associated with the system of involvement. Pulmonary etiology should be assessed and evaluated.

Mrs. Brown's husband was admitted to the emergency room in delirium tremens (DTs). This admission is his third visit in 2 weeks. While waiting to see her husband, Mrs. Brown said to the nurse, "What in the world can I do to help Joe get over this drinking problem?"

  1. The best initial response for the nurse is:

A. Don't feel guilty, Mrs. Brown; I know this must be difficult for you.

B. Let's go into the lounge so we can talk more about your concern, Mrs. Brown.

C. You need to convince Joe to seek professional help, Mrs. Brown.

D. How long has your husband been drinking, Mrs. Brown?

If you chose Option A, you are reading into the question and adding a factor that was not provided-- that Mrs. Brown is feeling guilty. Perhaps you know of someone who did feel guilty in a situation like this, or perhaps you thought she should feel guilty. Because this background statement does not tell you how Mrs. Brown feels, you can't make this assumption (option A).

Option C is incorrect because you don't have enough information about the situation to offer this advice. You should be in the assessment or data collection phase of the nursing process. Option D is not the best choice because it focuses on Mr. Brown's problem and channels the interaction specifically, rather than encouraging Mrs. Brown to express her concerns. Since Mrs. Brown is concerned about what she can do to help her husband, the correct response is one that first encourages her to verbalize how she is feeling (option B).

Amy Stevens is a 17-year-old student admitted for evaluation of lower abdominal pain. She tells the nurse, "I wish my friends would come to visit me. I don't like being here alone."

  1. Which of the following would be the most appropriate response of the nurse?

A. "You sound very lonely. Shall I stay with your for awhile?"

B. "I'm sure your friends will come to see you soon."

C. "It's a little too early for visiting hours. You'll have to wait until this afternoon."

D. "It's hard to be alone. Would you like me to stay with you?"

The intended response is D, since this response acknowledges the patient's feelings and offers support. Response A tends to catastrophize the patient's situation by saying "you must be very lonely." Response B provides false reassurance because the nurse has no real way of knowing if in fact friends will come to visit Amy. Finally, C is incorrect because it provides only a factual response and does not attend to the feeling tone of Amy's remarks.

Patty Daniels is a 25-year-old white female, pregnant with her first child. She is being seen in the obstetrical clinic for her first prenatal visit.

  1. Patty tells the nurse, "I drank a glass of wine at a party before I found out that I was pregnant. I'm worried that I might have hurt the baby." Based on an understanding of alcohol use in pregnancy, which of the following responses is the most appropriate?

A. "We don't really know how much alcohol is too much during pregnancy. Don't drink anymore and try not to worry about it."

B. "As long as your drinking is moderate, I wouldn't worry about it. There were plenty of healthy babies born to drinking mothers before they ever discovered fetal alcohol syndrome."

C. "An occasional drink shouldn't hurt the baby. Research has shown that the risk to the fetus increases as the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption increases."

D. "I can understand why you're so upset, but an occasional drink shouldn't hurt the baby."

The correct response is C. This patient needs two things from the nurse: information about alcohol use in pregnancy and reassurance about the potential risk to her own baby. Alcohol is a known teratogenic substance, but it is unclear how much alcohol it takes and at what point in development to adversely affect the fetus. Research has shown that the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome and related disorders increases as the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption increase. An occasional drink should not harm the fetus. C is the correct response because it is the only answer that offers reassurance and accurate information without catastrophizing the situation.

Kelly Jones, aged 3 years, is brought to the emergency room by her mother following an accidental ingestion of acetaminophen. When questioned, Mrs. Jones states that she believes that Kelly ingested approximately 20 tablets. She further states that she believes that the ingestion occurred within the last hour.

  1. Immediately upon arrival in the emergency room the nurse should:

A. Assess vital signs

B. Administer O2

C. Start IV fluids

D. Perform an arterial puncture for blood gases

A is the correct response. The establishment of baseline vital signs should always be done first. Although hyperventilation and resultant respiratory alkalosis is the most obvious clinical manifestation, acetaminophen does not exert its peak effect until 2 to 4 hours following ingestion. Performing an arterial puncture for blood-gas analysis will be important, but it is not the first thing that the nurse should do. There is no indication at this time for the administration of O2 or IV fluids.

August 23, 2007 Enchanted Kingdom Eyeball!

All of you are invited to our August 23, 2007 Enchanted Kingdom EB!

As of now, I need an official list of people that will surely attend the EB.

Please enlist by emailing me at
Or by texting me at 09108084320
Or by messaging me, if ever I am only, sa pinoybsn chat.

You can also message me via my friendster account : under the name Dervid Jungco.

Please enlist only if 100% sure.

Suggested budget is 1,000 pesos each to spend for yourself.

Those without money ofcourse, can still join by the way of "patak patak"

Goodluck and see you there!

Monday, August 13, 2007

PinoyBSN TriviaBOT Question Contribution

Currently, Pinoy BSN Trivia bot is loaded with 5,000 Nursing Questions. In plans to widen the knowledge database of students and nurses alike, we are planning to create a Trivia Bot with the largest nursing question database in the world. [So far, we already are]

Questions will be related to Nursing and nursing alone, concentrating on the possible local board questions with an insertion nclex/cgfns knowledge database.

The Trivia Bot runs on the chat channel of Pinoy BSN. You can enter either via MIRC [ Server is on channel #pinoybsn or via the website by loggin in!


You can now contribute via the chatroom when the TRIVIA [ the bot ] is online by typing
!add question*answer

example :

!add What cell secretes testosterone in males?*Leydig cells

The bot will then acknowledge your contribution by replying. This will not yet be addedd directly into the question bank as itll be subjected to review.

You can also contribute questions by using the format below, saving it in notepad, wordpad or MS Word and sending it directly to [ Note : ANSWERS BELOW ARE NOT FACTUAL ]

1. Category : Question*Answer

Example :

Community Health Nursing : How many grams of sodium bicarbonate is advocated by WHO/DOH in a commercialized oresol pocket*100 grams

2. Category : Clue : Question*Answer

Example :

Professional Adjustment : RA _ _ _ _ : Establishes National Policy on Population and created POPCOM*9999

3. Question*Answer

Example :

How many pints of blood does the average human have in his/her body*Thirty


You can create questions with MULTPLE answers by adding another *Answer after the previous *Answer.

Format :

Question*Answer1*Answer2*Answer3*Answer4 and so on.

Example :

Medical Surgical Nursing : Separate your answer with comas : Malaria is characterized by triad of recurrent symptoms which are*Chills,fever,sweating*chills,sweating,fever

In the above example, all answers are accepted. This is useful in cases wherein, multiple answers are required like symptoms, nursing process, triage management, prioritization, etc.


Please use the following categories

1. Medical Surgical Nursing
2. Community Health Nursing
3. Nursing Management
4. Professional Adjustment
5. Psychiatric Nursing
6. Obstetric Nursing
7. Pediatric Nursing
8. Fundamentals Of Nursing
9. Nutrition
10. Pharmacology
11. Computation
12. Unscrammble the words

The category list will expand as needed, You can also use your own category if it fails to fall in any of the categories suggested above

IMPORTANT : Each question should be seperated using a new line or break.

Example of correct format:

Obstetric Nursing : Husband and wife who are the official endorser of the necklace method by the DOH*Mahal and Jimboy
Obstetric Nursing : How many white beads are there in the necklace method of contraception*100 beads
Obstetric Nursing : How many brown beads are there in the necklace method of contraception*50 beads

Example of bad format : [ Absence of line breaks or spacing ]

Obstetric Nursing : Husband and wife who are the official endorser of the necklace method by the DOH*Mahal and Jimboy Obstetric Nursing : How many white beads are there in the necklace method of contraception*100 beads Obstetric Nursing : How many brown beads are there in the necklace method of contraception*50 beads

Send your contribution using any text format : Word, Notepad, Wordpad, etc... to


Click the sample widget below to download a sample question bank. Follow its format carefully.

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Each contributed questions is equivalent to 1 point. Trivia ranking is based on point system. Ranking are permanently uploaded on the sidebar and on the site and is updated weekly after Trivia starts officially.


Admins and blog members are not included in the ranking. Ranking is uploaded weekly, it is cumulative and uses the point system. Each week, the top 10 scorer's name are published in Pinoy BSN. Only nickname that are registered are published in the ranking system. Guests are required to change their nick for them to be included by typing /nick NEWNAME and registering their names by typing /nickserv register PASSWORD. They need to identify these nicknames everytime they will login. To do this change your name into your registered nickname then type /nickserv identify PASSWORD


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