leakage spoils rp chance to hold us test for nurses
thursday, october 26, 2006
the national council of state boards of nursing (ncsbn) has ratcheted up the pressure on the government to resolve the festering issue of the nursing test leakage.
faith fields, newly elected ncsbn president
, in a chance interview on wednesday told reporters that the tainted test results prompted her group to call off an earlier decision to conduct the national council licensure examination for nurses (nclex) in the country.
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more than 9,000 filipino nurses take nclex annually to qualify for jobs in us hospitals and health centers. it would be a great convenience for filipino nursing graduates if the nclex could be held in the country.
"obviously, it affected [our thinking]," she said. "we were set to hold the examination here, but we backed off at the last minute and decided to see first how you would handle the problem.
fields said the national council is closely watching developments related to the tainted nursing licensure examination in june and hoping that the agencies concerned would carefully weigh the options and come up with the right decision.
she pointed out that the us recruits more than 80 percent of its foreign nurses from the philippines every year
, and thus it is but natural for it to watch every move of the government. and unless it can resolve the problem judiciously, she said, the high regard with which filipino nurses are held would irrevocably suffer
fields added that the competence of filipino nurses, as well as the integrity of the professional regulatory commission, is at stake.
"i'm sure the philippine government does not want to lose the great opportunity for its nurses to work abroad," she said.
in a separate interview, dr. dante ang, chairman of the commission on filipinos overseas, acknowledged that the country might have already lost its preeminent position. he said it would take political will to order a retake and show the world "we do not condone cheating in licensure examinations."
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the ncsbn will meet in the first week of december.
until then, ang said, the country's bid to host the nclex hangs in the balance.