During my first year in college, the question “Why did you take up Nursing?” would always pop-up. Siyempre, dahil bukod sa ang mahal ng tuition fees, sobrang dami pa ng students na kumukuha ng Nursing. The common answer would be, “in demand kasi, at magiging maganda ang future ‘pag nurse ka.” But with most of my classmates, pinag-aaral sila ng mga relatives nila na nasa abroad, just like me.
My family migrated here in the U.S. few years ago. They decided to send me back to the Philippines to take up Nursing. Dahil bukod sa mas mura ang expenses, mas mabilis daw compared dito. We all thought it would be easy since many Filipino graduates have been given the opportunity to be licensed here just by completing their requirements, especially if they are legal residents. But things have changed these past few months.
After I graduated last April 2011, I flew back here in California. Immediately, I applied for the NCLEX-RN at the Board of Registered Nursing. I submitted all the requirements listed on their site. After a week or two, I got a reply from them. They want me to notify my school to submit more documents like Student Handbook, Rotation Plans, School Calendar, Clinical Cases, etc. It took months before the school completed those, but they submitted everything they’ve asked for. When I heard my other batchmates who also applied for the NCLEX-RN, that they’ve been given Authorization to Take the Test (ATT), I felt happy and confident that I will also get mine soon.
Apparently after months, I received a letter from my Licensing Analyst that I didn’t meet the minimum requirements in theory and clinical training for Medical-Surgical and Obstetric Nursing. The board also noted that concurrently, theoretical instructions and clinical training should be completed within a designated semester. They just gave a list of accredited schools here where I should take the whole MS and OB Nursing, so that they would finally let me take the licensure examination. Another problem is, just a few number of schools are offering those subjects. Bukod sa konting schools lang ang ngooffer nun, limited slots pa, or kung may available lang, dun ka pwedeng makapasok. Sa mga private schools naman, ang advice pa ng ibang schools, ulitin na lang daw yung buong Nursing Program para ma-take yung mga deficiencies na yun.
I felt devastated. What should I do? After I informed my school about what happened, here comes research. I look for more information about this case. Surprisingly, many Filipino graduates are experiencing the same thing here in California. Others have been told that they have deficiencies in Psychiatric Nursing, etc. According to most forums, the California Board of Registered Nursing recently changed their standards and curriculum in evaluating applicants.
But the thing is, why is the Philippine Board of Nursing not been informed or coordinated with this matter? Hindi ba’t di naman tayo hinahayaang maka-graduate unless nacomplete mo yung buong curriculum at natapos mo lahat ng clinical cases? Ang curriculum ba talaga ang problema? Ang school? o ang Board?
What awaits the Filipino nurses who would want to work here?
Or is it a wake-up call to finally re-route our career paths?
Can someone help me find all the answers?
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