Northern Luzon Bureau
Last updated 05:13pm (Mla time) 08/27/2007
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- Nurses who passed the scandal-ridden 2006 licensure examinations wanted to call themselves members of Batch 2007, after successfully passing the licensure test for a second time.
"Refer to us as Batch 2007, please," said Cyndi Erfe, one of the three Baguio nurses who first exposed cheating in 2006.
Erfe was among the June 2006 board passers who gave up their licenses and retook the five sets of examinations in 2007.
She said retaking the whole test erased the stigma of last year's examinations, which prompted American nurses' associations to review the licenses of Filipino nurses seeking employment there.
She is testifying against two former board examiners and two nursing review centers for their alleged role in test leakages in 2006.
Maria Grace Lacanaria, nursing school dean of the Saint Louis University, said nurses of Batch 2006 who chose to keep their licenses still "have great professional futures."
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