A UNIVERSITY in Iloilo City will implement reforms in its College of Nursing following its bad performance in the licensure examinations given last December, said the school’s top official.

Chito B. Salazar, president of the University of Iloilo (UI)-Phinma, vowed to do his best to institute reforms on its existing nursing programs in two years.

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Salazar said he already conducted several meetings with the faculty to inform them of the new scheme, which includes thorough screening of teachers and facilitating more seminars and training programs for the faculty.

Salazar their goal is “to find diamonds in the rough and make them shine,” as the school will recruit more competent teachers. An extensive review program for senior students who will take the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) will also be implemented.

Presently, the school accepts new students from public high schools without an entrance examination. However, students interested to pursue nursing are screened during their second year, Salazar said.

“We will continue the College of Nursing but will not give up facing the challenges and responsibilities of giving a chance to graduates of public high schools to avail quality nursing education,” said Salazar.

The Commission on Higher Education has identified UI-Phinma as one of the five schools in Western Visayas having the lowest NLE passing grade.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that only 3,411 passed the examinations out of 6,066 examinees. This posted a 39 percent passing rate in the region.

However, the region’s passing rate of 56.28 percent is higher than the national average of 54 percent, the PRC said. (LCP)