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New nurses to take oath March 12 at CAP-Camp John Hay

by Joseph B Zambrano

Baguio City (6 February) -- The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Baguio Regional office announced that the oath taking of new nurses who took their board examinations in the city is on March 12, 2010 at the CAP-Camp John Hay Convention Center.

PRC Regional Director Teofilo Gaius Sison Jr. said that out of a total 10,990 examinees in Baguio who took the Nurses Licensure Examination administered last November 2009, only 3,814 or 34.70 percent passed.

The passing rate nationwide is 39.73 or out of the 94,462 takers only 37,527 passed.

Pursuant to Commission Order No.2009-90 that provides for a "Register Where You Took the Exam" policy, only successful Baguio examinees shall register at the Baguio Regional Office. New nurses are advised to take their oath where they register in coordination with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) local chapter.

The PRC Baguio Regional Office served examinees from the Cordillera Region and Pangasinan.

The new nurses should personally register in order to sign the Roster of Registered Professionals and bring the following requirements: duly accomplished Oath Form; 2010 community tax (cedula); two pieces passport size pictures colored with white background and nametag; one piece one by one picture colored with white background and nametag; two sets of metered documentary stamps; one piece short brown envelope with name and profession; original and a photocopy of National Statistic Office (NSO) birth certificate and an initial registration fee of P600.00 and annual registration fee of P450.00 for the year 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Freddie Bernal, regional director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Cordillera said that with the low passing rate of the nurses exam, they will assess and inspect the schools that have minimal passers.

We are giving them two to three years to improve the quality of education they are offering to the students and if they show no progress, we will recommend the cancellation of their permits. We need to protect the interest of our public and the greater majority, Bernal explained.

According to Bernal, the low passing rate can be attributed to factors such as best teachers are going abroad for greener pasture and some schools are not implementing the standards like the teacher - students ratio. They accept a lot of enrollees, he added. (PIA-CAR) [top]

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