DID planet earth double its 24-hour rotation rate last Tuesday?
To four young ladies, it seemed as if the hours that day went on an infinite cycle.
The ticking of their clocks was beginning to sound like mocking laughter, which only fueled the anxiety they were feeling.
But they were not alone in the waiting game.
Around 9,870 other graduates of Bachelor of Science in Nursing were also patiently waiting for the Professional Regulation Commission to announce the results of the June 2018 Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE).
However, only 4,326 of the test takers passed the exams and among them were Frances Isabela Seno, Athena Louise Mangoroban, Jessa Marie Menor and Dianne Therese Villaruel.
What set these ladies apart from the flock of newly registered nurses (RN) is that they also topped the exams.
Seno of Velez College ranked third with an average of 87 percent, while Mangoroban of Cebu Normal University (CNU) placed ninth with an average of 85.60.
Menor of CNU and Villaruel of Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), on the other hand, both ranked 10th with an average of 85.40.
With tear tracks on their faces, the first few people they shared the good news with were their respective families.
In separate interviews with SunStar Cebu, the four topnotchers said that they only survived their journey towards their recent feat because they had their families behind them.
“I hugged my mama and shouted, ‘Ma, RN nako!’ But then people started congratulating me and then I found out that I was a topnotcher. This time I screamed, ‘Oh, my God! I ranked ninth!’,” Mangoroban said.
For Villaruel who had to overcome financial problems, among others, topping, let alone passing the NLE would not have been possible if not for her family.
“Their continued support and encouragement helped me a lot. I also learned how to manage my time to balance my studies and family time because of them,” she said.
Although she comes from a family who works in the medical field, it was Seno’s mom who helped her push her limits and achieve her goals.
“I knew I would have to go into the medical field. Most of my family was in it anyway, and when my mom had her stroke in 2011, I figured I’d use it as my driving force to really study and understand her condition,” she said.
Graduating from a university that has a 100-percent passing rate streak for more than five years added more pressure to Menor, but she turned to her family for support.
“Always pray. God’s plan for you is greater than the plans you have for yourself and try to turn to friends and family for support. You can always count on them,” she said.
Other topnotchers who graduated from universities in Cebu were eighth-placer Honey Sheen Bangquiao (CNU), ninth-placer Dexter Redd Gome of CDU, and 10th-placer Aleksander Joel Yared of Cebu Velez Central Hospital School of Nursing.