Philippines to charge two in nurse exam cheating scandal (AFP via Yahoo! News) - page 2

Two people are to face corruption charges in the Philippines in a massive cheating scandal which has cast a shadow over the qualifications of some 17,000 nurses, the government said Wednesday. ... Read More

  1. by   glasgow3
    Quote from littleskittles
    Filipinos are hard working group of people. They come here in the US to work and help their families in the Philippines. So pls.let us not look down on them. Life is universal there's alot of incompetent people here in the US as well..........
    I doubt that anyone questions the industriousness of the Philippine people, however in my view that is not the issue.

    As I noted earlier in this thread, the aggregate pass rate for their boards and the NCLEX has been approximately 40% and 50% respectively. Consider what would happen if a US nursing program produced a similar result: they would, in effect be put on notice that they must improve quickly and significantly. Failure to do so would result in the Board withholding approval of the program and their graduates would no longer be eligible to sit for the NCLEX.

    Apparently it is well understood that weak nursing programs are proliferating in the Philippines, while the regulatory mechanism to correct the situation is not functioning adequately. Additionally, it seems that apart from widespread cheating events, there has been little interest in insisting that their programs in the aggregate are substantially equivalent to those found in the US.

    That being the case, the standardized tests such as the NCLEX become particularly important; In essence they are being used to identify acceptable/safe practitioners drawn from an overall substandard system.

    The question then becomes: is the NCLEX a sufficiently powerful instrument to make those distinctions? My personal opinion is that it isn't. As noted earlier in the thread, what other profession's boards allow a judgement to be made on the basis of answering less than 75 questions correctly?
  2. by   DesertRain
    Quote from caliotter3
    I had a home care client complain to me that not one of the nurses who came from her previous Filipino-owned agency could perform professional nrsg skills for her son. She said that one of them would not go near her son, instead she went to the bathroom and proceeded to clean the toilet, which did not need cleaning. I tried to make excuses for the individual but realized that the client was voicing legitimate grievances. I certainly was floored, because most of the time when patients make similar complaints, I find myself obligated to defend a system that promotes such circumstances, after all, these nurses are my co-workers.
    This post offends me. I am not even from the Philippines but this post seems very racially offensive and I hope that there won't be any more racist posts on this site. I have found lots of help and support here but if the moderators will allow racially biased offensive posts than I will definitely not come back to allnurses.com and I will make sure that my friends and fellow students know as well. I'm sure there are other sites where you can voice your prejudicial opinions on, please don't do it here.
  3. by   littleskittles
    I second the motion..All of us here on earth are created equal..Only God our Saviour can judge us...Pls.no putting our mankind down...Let's make this world a better place to live in instead of criticizing let us spread LOVE!!!!:heartbeat Love Rules!!! peace!
  4. by   angelNZ
    Quote from caliotter3
    I had a home care client complain to me that not one of the nurses who came from her previous Filipino-owned agency could perform professional nrsg skills for her son. She said that one of them would not go near her son, instead she went to the bathroom and proceeded to clean the toilet, which did not need cleaning. I tried to make excuses for the individual but realized that the client was voicing legitimate grievances. I certainly was floored, because most of the time when patients make similar complaints, I find myself obligated to defend a system that promotes such circumstances, after all, these nurses are my co-workers.
    ----------C'mon,dont be judgemental I wonder if you dig deeper into the issue,have you heard the filipino nurse side?HUMM!! She is as same as YOU...an NCLEX passer and a competent nurse.BOW....
  5. by   caliotter3
    Who said I was being judgmental. I was the fool who was sticking up for a woman who thought that nursing care of a medically fragile child consisted of going to the bathroom to clean a clean toilet. All I did was state what the client complained to me. If you think that cleaning clean toilets is the way to take care of pediatric clients, then go join this "nurse". I, for one, am glad that I wised up and stopped defending her. The family went through hell trying to find an agency that would send competent nurses to their home. They could not leave the house during the time that incompetent people were there and it was financially draining on them. They were the ones who brought up the subject and complimented me, my agency, and the other nurses who came from my agency. And for the record, my agency was sending at least two Filipino nurses there who knew how to do the job.
  6. by   littleskittles
    :deadhorse
  7. by   sayrah_85
    I am very much sorry for myself bcoz im caught helpless inside this issue.... If this is the price of my success in passing the june 06 board... then, i should have failed... i have suffered from humiliation worse than dying just bcoz i passed............
  8. by   sayrah_85
    this isnt our fault and i know this isnt the true test of competence...
  9. by   Seank
    I agree cheating is universal, but if they take a paper and pencil exam it's much easier to cheat. I don't think in the U.S. they let you take a cell into the exam, so unless you are wired elsewhere you have to know the answers. Statistically speaking, 500 questions are not more valid than 75 in measuring knowledge if the test is designed correctly. If you recall, it is not 75 questions, it "can be" 75 questions, or it can be all of them. It's the same thing as measuring a TV program's success based on the few Nielson families. It's valid, but only one factor in defining a competent nurse.

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