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I totally agree here! What the Phil. BON is doing is SOOOO UNFAIR :angryfire ! I am also a 2nd-courser who passed the local Dec 2005 boards. I have friends who have made it to the top 10 (3 of them, in fact) but their names were withheld in major newspapers (maybe for lack of space?) since the 1st-coursers were given priority to be announced first. But if you rank the top examinees according to their grades (and not if they are 1st or 2nd-coursers) the first place up to the level of the 7th or 8th place would have been from the 2nd-coursers.
My guess is that they are trying to protect themselves, the professors and the big universities w/c don't cater to 2nd coursers.
Many will ponder why is that 2nd coursers who are on significantly reduced nursing programs studying on not so big schools (w/c cater to them) are faring MUCH better than the regular RN graduate (full 4 yr prgram) who are graduating from these big universities ??
There MUST be something wrong somewhere, right ??
Someone can easily deduce that there must be something inefficient w/ their system (big universities w/ supposedly "better" prof.) OR it just proves that it doesn' really matter where you graduated from. Either way its not good for them.
They are also rumors that they are making the exams "harder" for 2nd coursers and some say its already happening. Frankly, this not so smart.
They will actually making it harder for their "regular RN grad" than the 2nd coursers.
They are really lots of other things that they device to make 2nd coursers look disadvantaged on paper. Thank God for the foreign exams where everthing is fair. Hmmm.... I wonder how many "2nd coursers" and "reg. RNs"
pass those on their 1st try?
Anyway, we shouldn't even think like this? This is what the BON wants and everthing is backfiring on them and who suffers? The "reg. RNs" obviously. That is why they don't have the confidence to even apply right away and gets trapped on the train first and sign a 2 yr contract for meager pay.
If they are doing their program right.. the newly grad should be ready for work. That's the purpose of the Rel. Learning experience (RLE) right? Not just an extra hand (for free) for the affiliate hospital.
Lastly, for those regular RNs reading these. Hope you don't believe what your prof. , etc are saying about the 2nd coursers. Everybody is doing the same local boards, will be doing the same foreign exams and will be doing the same process. How fast will it be get done is up to the individual. Once you graduated, you're on your own. Believe me, these prof., Deans, and schools will not be there for you. Some may disagree with this but its a fact. Why the proliferation of review centers then? Why are some (not all, ok) schools holding the diploma and additional copies of transcripts ?? Why does the transcripts to be passed to the PRC marked with "For Board purposes only". You'll find out about this in the future. You'll find out who's really holding-off who.
These are just my opinion and personal observations.