With a resounding success of July 2021 nursing board passers, Urdaneta City University and College of Health Sciences led the Thanksgiving, Recognition, and Testimonial Program on July 28, 2021, at the University Amphitheater.
Forty-nine (49) graduates of UCU BS-Nursing were registered professionals after the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released the result of the Nursing Licensure Examination on July 16, 2021. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the UCU first takers passed the exam, whereas 64.5% was the recorded national overall performance rate.
Among the successful passers was Micah Junabel Ventanilla, who marked another history as she garnered the fourth spot in the roster of 2021 NLE topnotchers. In her testimonial speech, Ventanilla revealed that her mother was her inspiration to pursue the nursing profession.
“Nakita ko kasi how she suffered [my mom] sa sakit niya, and I would like to help other people who are sick. I want to help them alleviate their sufferings,” said the CHS pride who admitted that UCU was not her first school of choice to pursue her nursing journey.
“Mga five schools din ang pinuntahan ko bago ako napunta dito. But I call it a destiny na dito ako napunta kaya I’m forever grateful for Urdaneta City University dahil nagkaroon ako ng strong foundation na talagang nagamit ko sa board exam,” she exclaimed.
Meanwhile, Noel Lumanog, one of the board passers, also pointed out some significant adjustments in this year’s NLE.
“Due to the pandemic, taking the board exam is a different adjustment for us. Nariyan ‘yung twice na postponement ng exam. Another factor is iyong pagkakaroon ng bagong Board of Nursing kaya we don’t know how this new Board of Nursing approaches the exam,” he said during his testimonial speech.
Atty. Dar A. Diga, former Acting University President and Legal Officer of Urdaneta City, said that not only did this batch of board takers pass the exam, but they even “exceeded the expectations” of the University. He also encouraged the newly registered nurses to serve the country and raise quality healthcare for the Filipino people.
UCU Officials headed by Dr. Elisa C. Cristobal, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, and Dr. Noel L. Guevara, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Atty. Diga and faculty members of CHS led the awarding ceremony for the newly registered nurses.
Dr. Christopher Banez, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, said that the college faculty members made a huge effort to assist the takers in completing their requirements for the board exam.
“The preparation is quite challenging. We made a lot of modifications. Previously kasi, our students are the ones who will visit hospitals for the signing of cases. But this time, the faculty worked as a team. Sila na mismo ‘yong pumunta sa hospital para magpapirma upang sa ganoon ay hindi ma-expose sa COVID-19 ‘yong mga board takers natin,” he said.
Bañez also emphasized the importance of “maintaining the communication lines open” to alleviate the emotional stress and anxiety of the board takers.