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RP Bid to Host NCLEX Put on Hold






Officials of the United States National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) led by its newly elected president, Faith Fields, met with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday amid renewed government efforts to establish an NCLEX testing center in the Philippines.
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NCLEX (National Council on Licensure Examination) is the US equivalent of the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination.
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Fields admitted that the country's application for inclusion on the list of international testing centers of the US National Council on Licensure Examination (NCLEX) has been put on hold after the leakage scandal broke out.
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"Obviously it has affected the application because we were set to make a decision on that when the leakage occurred. We decided to back off to get the results of how you handle that," Fields said.
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She added that the international nursing community is closely following the developments in the nursing leakage issue and the government’s investigation.
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"We are very interested to see how you handle the crisis and I think it’s something that you don’t want to waste opportunity to make your own system better. But how you handle is really up to the Philippines," she said after meeting with President Arroyo in MalacaƱang.
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Commission on Filipinos Overseas chair Dante Ang said the NCSBN is set to decide on the country’s application to become an international NCLEX testing center on December.
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Also in attendance were NCSBN's Ruth Ann Terry, treasurer; Cassey Marks, assistant executive director, and Fraser Cargill, director for Asia Pacific.
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