by OPI – Contributed news
Three nursing graduates of the MSU-IIT College of Nursing (CON) topped the 2015 Nursing Board Exam given on November 28-29, 2015, Dean Clowe Jondonero confirmed to the Office of Publication & Information (OPI).
The recent feat by the CON makes the MSU-IIT one of 5 top performing schools in the country (see list below).
Only 76 IIT graduates out of 78 passed the Nursing Board Exam. The MSU-IIT garnered 97.44 per cent passing rate against the national passing average of 49. 26 per cent or out of 18,500 examinees, 9, 114 passed the board exam.
Stephanie A. Pangilinan, took the 4th slot with 85.60 per cent; Joahna Jean B. Jabao was in 7th place with 85.00 per cent; and Krishia Kamilla D. Tan was in 9th place with 84.60 per cent while Ms. Maybelle M. Abraham of the MSU main campus took 3rd place with 85.80 per cent.
IIT’s 78 nursing grads took the board exam in Cagayan de Oro City and Davao City but the rest of the 18, 422 examinees took the board exam in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cebu, Dagupan, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.
In an interview with OPI, Pangilinan and Tan both said that they experienced the usual jitters before taking the board exam. The two described the exam questions from “weird, easy to confusing”.
Pangilinan who graduated magna cum laude would like to proceed to medicine. The smart and articulate twenty-year-old laughed at some of the board exam questions saying that there were “grammatical errors”.
Tan, 20, who graduated cum laude confirmed the grammatical errors of the questions and said that the exam proved difficult because of the illogic in the choices for answers.
“I had to make many guesses” in my answers. She said that only about 10 per cent of what she had studied in college came out in the board exam.
But both are appreciative of their college training and the way their mentors had pushed them to study on their own in order to develop their critical thinking that had equipped them in taking the exam. Tan pointed out that it was her ‘faith in God’ that also enabled her ‘to make it.’
Tan and Pangilinan will proceed to medicine at the MSU College of Medicine. The other board top-notcher, Jabao could not be reached for comment.
The top performing schools in Nursing around the country with 50 or more examinees with at least an 80 per cent passing rate are: 1) University of Santo Tomas, Mariano Marcos State University – Batac, Xavier University; 2) Cebu Doctors University; 3) Saint Louis University; 4) San Pedro College-Davao City; 5) MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology; 6) Central Philippine University; 7) Mountain View College 8) Saint Paul University-Tuguegarao; and 9) University of San Agustin. – by CF Godinez Ortega, OPI