CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – The College of Nursing of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan is the second best performing nursing school in the board examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Dec. 19-20, 2010.
Results of the December 2010 nursing board examination showed that 325 or 98.48 percent of the 330 nursing graduates from the university passed. XU’s passing rate is only second however to St. Paul University – Iloilo’s which registered a 100-percent passing rate for its 124 examinees.
Two XU graduates were among the top 10 board passers. Jessa Lorraine Dejan Andalan was 5th placer with a score of 86.20, while Micaela Orevillo de Guzman was 10th with a score of 85.20.
XU’s performance last year as the second best nationwide is a repeat of its 2007 performance. Its College of Nursing has consistently landed on the top 10 best performing schools in the country. In 2006 and 2008, the PRC ranked it No. 1. It was No. 6 in 2009.
The December 2010 examination saw 84,287 nursing graduates taking the licensure examination in Manila, Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.
Only 29,711 passed the examination for a national passing average of 35.25 percent.
Davao City’s San Pedro College was the 10th best performing nursing school with 408 or 89.67 percent of its 455 graduates passing the board examination.
The top 10 schools are the following:
1 SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-ILOILO 100.00%
2 XAVIER UNIVERSITY 98.48%
3 SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITYTUGUEGARAO 98.45%
4 NEW ERA UNIVERSITY 98.04%
5 PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA 97.45%
6 UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUISTUGUEGARAO 94.81%
7 SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY 94.18%
8 SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN (SLPC) 91.67%
9 REMEDIOS T. ROMUALDEZ MEDICAL FOUNDATION 91.39%
10 SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY 89.67%
Due to demand for Filipino nurses abroad, many students have taken up nursing hoping to land in lucrative jobs abroad.
However, thousands of Filipino nurses are either jobless or toiling under low pay in Philippine hospitals.
Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) enlisted 10,000 Filipino nurses under its Registered Nurse for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) programme, which is set to start on March 17 this year.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the RN Heals programme will deploy these nurses to the 1,000 poorest barangays in the country. They will be offered a monthly salary of P8,000.00 and an allowance of P2,000.00. (BenCyrus G. Ellorin/MindaNews)