Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Test retake for June 2006 nursing applicants set

The test retake for nurses who took the June 2006 board exams would be held on June 11 and 12, the government announced this week.

Although a retake is not mandatory for all nurses who took the scandal-ridden June exams, the Commission on Graduates Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) have pressured local authorities into conducting a retake of Part 3 and 5 of the local licensure test for nurses who took the June exams. The CGFNS in a recent ruling said it will not issue a Visascreen certificate, a screening process needed when applying for immigration status in the United States, to nurses that took the scandal-tainted exams if they fail to retake the test.

Local authorities, meanwhile, are still weighing the decision of the American Nurses Association (ANA) which is calling for a full retake of the exams, not just parts 3 and 5. Although the ANA is not a regulatory body in the US unlike the CGFNS, the group is very influential among nursing employers in their country. The organization has a membership of 2.9 million registered nurses belonging to 54 constituent nurse member associations throughout the US.

Review classes for those taking the exam retake are being arranged by the government. Nursing schools that have consistently performed well in the local licensure exams are being tapped to serve as the review centers.

For more information on the ANA announcement regarding its call for a full retake, you may view it here:

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