Nurse Group Reveals Side on Proposal for Board Exams to be No Longer Be Administered for License
NURSE GROUP – The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) reacted to the proposal of removing the board exams for certain professions.
In the Philippines, the academic challenge for students of certain courses does not end in graduation. To obtain a license, they have to pass the licensure examination or also called as board exam administered by specific institutions or bodies.
Among the professions with licensure examinations are nursing and teaching. Graduates of law also have to pass the Bar examination to obtain a license to practice the profession. Truths be told that board and bar exams are usually preceded by intense reviews.
The board and the bar examinations are like general exams to test what the students have been learned throughout their college journey. It also checks the application of what was learned and the readiness of the graduate to practice the profession.
For teachers and nurses and several other professions, it is the Professional Regulations Commission or more commonly known as the PRC which administers the board exam. Recently, there is a proposal that board exams would no longer be administered.
The nurses group reacted to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s proposal to remove board exams. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) is not in favor with the proposal of the Labor Secretary as they cited the board exams as the measure if a health professional can really do his or her work in the field.
The nurses group also stressed that it may lower the quality of the health professionals in the industry if the board exams would be removed. Meanwhile, the PNA assured respect over the opinion of the Labor Chief.
As for Bello, it might be time to study about the possibility of removing the board exams as it can be a way for the graduates to work right away.
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