by Christine Godinez Ortega (Ed.) with a report from Neil M. Martin, CON

CON is Philippines' top 3 performing school; graduate places 7th in board exam

The Institute’s College of Nursing (CON) has two things to celebrate early this year: being ranked third among the top performing schools in the country, and one of its graduates, Lady Aizahlyn I. Angod, claiming the 7th slot in the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) given by the Board of Nursing on November 29-30, 2014.

The results were released on January 23, 2015 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Schools with 50 or more examinees and with, at least, an 80% passing rate are recognized as top performing schools of nursing. The CON got an overall rate of 97.41%, with 113 out of its 116 examinees passing the NLE.

A total of 15,292 examinees out of 26,690 passed the November 2014 NLE that was conducted at several testing centers in Manila, Baguio City, Laoag, Angeles, Cabanatuan, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod.

An ecstatic CON Dean Clowe Jondonero said he is “happy and honored” with these recent feats of the college emphasizing that “there is no place for mediocrity in MSU-IIT.”

In the last 10 years, or, since the CON became a separate college in 2005, Dean Jondonero said that the college has produced graduates who have topped the board exams – two who placed 6th; two who took 10th place; and, today, one who took 7th place.

Lady Aizahlyn Indoc Angod -7th place, Nursing Board Exam 2014
Lady Aizahlyn Indoc Angod -7th place, Nursing Board Exam 2014

Angod, a magna cum laude graduate during the Institute’s 44th Commencement Exercise in April 2014, and who was ranked seventh with a rating of 85.40% in the 2014 NLE, also expressed joy to be among the country’s top ten examinees.

“I am honored and overwhelmed by all the greetings, all the congratulations,” she said.

Angod, who plans to take up medicine in the future believed that her four-year stay in MSU-IIT, with its quality education, was her best preparation to take the board exam.

She confessed of the usual jitters before taking the board exam but she did not find the exam “that difficult” admitting that if she found the exam on obstetrics and pediatrics (Maternity and Child Health Nursing) easy, the exam on Morality and Ethics she found the “hardest” because, she said, there were four choices for each question but some choices were “contradictory”.

A practicing nurse who had taken the board exam years earlier said that the exam on Morality and Ethics seemed to have “no correct answer.”

Dean Jondonero, on the other hand, said that he intends to continue to hire quality and experienced faculty members.

He also talked of a future construction of a Graduate dormitory and to send more faculty members to pursue post graduate degrees at the UP and at the St. Paul’s University in Tuguegarao even as he revealed that three faculty members who are currently finishing their Ph.D.’s are slated to resume teaching in the Institute in AY 2016.

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