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Reflections of a Filipino in the Netherlands

Require nursing students to have high NCEE scores

Posted by butalidnl on 31 July 2009

The June 2009 Nursing Board Exam results came out last 27 July, and I was dismayed to note that less than 45% of the examinees had passed it.  Just think about it – almost 40,000 people who had wasted 4 years of study,  with all the expenses and effort this entailed. Of course, there will be many who will try again, but by the next time there will be tens of thousands more hopefuls who will get their dreams dashed.

I believe that something needs to be done to avoid all this waste.  Pushing nursing schools to improve their quality can only go so far, after all, the schools can only work with the “raw material” that they get, and it is not really in their interest to limit the number of nursing students.

Perhaps it would be a better idea to limit the number of students taking up a nursing course.  A quota system will not work, because it will most probably be unfair, prone to corruption, and inefficient.
I would rather suggest limiting the number according to exam results – no, not another exam; but simply by using the NCEE.  Nursing students could be required to have a relatively high NCEE score (something like 70 percentile or so). This way, nursing schools will be training better quality students to start with. And, since this system would lessen the pool of students, there would be a natural reduction in the number of nursing schools.

See also: Philippine Nursing

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