Daughter of widow lands in top 10 of nurse licensure exam-A A +A
Thursday, January 31, 2013
CEBU CITY -- The eldest child of a carenderia owner in Mandaue City is the only Cebu graduate who topped the 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination administered last December.
Christina Ligaya Jalandoni Iway, 21, from the University of San Carlos (USC), got a score of 84, landing in the ninth place of a total of 16,908 successful examinees. Iway shared the ninth spot with 18 others.
Eighty examinees landed on the top 10 of the exam, which was taken by 49,066 nursing graduates all over the country, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
The results of the exam were posted on the PRC website on Wednesday.
Glicyl Arante Alvero from the Colegio De Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation Inc. got the top place with a percentage score of 85.80. Phyllis Glee Cuyag Guting of Mountain View College, Alfa Cresia Nacino Nilo from Saint Mary’s University and Billy Tabon Rabago from New Era University shared the second spot in the top 10 with the score 85.40.
Coming in third is Margeaux Jen Acedo Samonte from the Fr. Saturnino Urios University with a percentage score of 85.20.
Below is the list of passers:
The licensure exam was conducted simultaneously in December in testing centers in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.
Iway told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview that she plans to help her mother, Carmencita, with the schooling of her two younger siblings.
Her mother sells viand in their house in Barangay Opao in Mandaue City to support the family. Her father passed away three years ago.
She said her mother’s income could not pay for all their expenses, but she was able to finish her studies with the support of a cousin, who is a nurse in a hospital in the United States.
“Kahibaw ko naglisod siya (I know she’s having a difficult time). That’s my motivation to do my best,” Iway said, adding that she reviewed every day for the exam after graduating in April last year.
She said she did not expect to land on the top 10. She added that she and her mother cried when they saw the results.
“Wala pa nag sink in tanan. Pero sure ko na motabang sa akong mama (It hasn’t sunk in yet. I will surely help my mother),” she said.
She thanked her teachers, clinical instructors and USC college of nursing dean Antonia Pascual.
In a separate interview, Pascual said there were 412 USC students who took the exam for the first time and 127 re-takers. She added that 262 of the first-time takers passed but only 26 re-takers were successful.
“We have a very high passing rate with 63.59 percent, the national passing rate is only 34 percent,” said Pascual. (BAP of Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 31, 2013.