The Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the 2006 nursing licensure examination scandal and its implications.
# 149808 | 2,879 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Asian Studies (General)

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The paper looks at the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 and provides a timeline of the 2006 leakage scandal when two former members of the Board of Nursing copied and distributed test question manuscripts to students at three review centers before the nursing exam. The paper discusses the culprits, the indictments and the decision for a partial retake of the exam. The paper then addresses the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)' decision that Filipino nursing graduates involved in the scandal would not be eligible for a VisaScreen Certificate, the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment's appeal of this decision and the resulting tarnishing of the Philippine nursing image. The paper highlights the bias towards widespread corrupt practices in the Philippines and argues that there must be concerted and coherent efforts to show the world that the Philippines is not a nation of cheats.

The Philippine Nursing Law
The 2006 Leakage Scandal Timeline
Stiffer Penalties for Violators, but Damage Done
Approval as New NCLEX Site
Upgrade of Test Standards and a Warning

From the Paper:

"These two former Board members were Anesia Buenafe-Dionisio and Virginia Diolola-Madeja (Torres, 2007). On June 1, 2007, the Ombudsman filed criminal charges against them for violating Section 15a of Republic Act 8981 and Republic Act 3019. Republic 8981 is an Act Modernizing the Professional Regulation Commission. Republic Act 3019 is the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The Board also filed charges against Ray Gapuz, owner of the Gapuz Nursing Review Center. Madeja was the assigned examiner for Test III on Medical Surgery Nursing while Dionisio was assigned for Test V on Psychistric Mental Health. The complaint filed said that the examinees enrolled at the RA Gapuz Review Center in Baguio City finished the exam much earlier than others. Investigation showed that keywords to 56 questions in Madeja's manuscript were written down and distributed to enrollees at the Gapuz Review Center. Of these 56, 23 were actually included in Test III. Of the 100 questions actually asked in Test V, 90 were leaked out by Dionisio in handwritten notes and computer printouts to enrollees at the Gapuz Review Center in Baguio City, the Institute for Review and Special Studies or INRESS in Manila and other review centers elsewhere in the country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aning, J. (2007). 10,000 nursing passers to retake tainted June 2006 exams. PhilippinesDaily Inquirer: Retrieved on June 29, 2009 from
  • Canlas, J. (2007). DOJ indicts four in nursing exam. Manila Times: Yehey Corporation.Retrieved on June 29, 2009 from
  • Filipino Nurses 2 US (2007). Final announcement from the CGFNS: the decision stands. Retrieved on July 10, 2009 from
  • GMA News Research (2006). Nursing leakage controversy timeline. GMA News. Retrieved on June 29, 2009 from
  • Marcelo, P. (2002). 2006 nursing exam scandal: can exam retake erase the shame? Planet Philippines: Buzzword Media Corporation. Retrieved on June 29, 2009from

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

The Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination (2012, January 01) Retrieved September 27, 2022, from

MLA Format

"The Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination" 01 January 2012. Web. 27 September. 2022. <>