Nurses have become one of the Philippines’ top exports, earning a global reputation as caregivers. But credentials for thousands of would-be nurses are under a cloud, because of alleged cheating in recent certification exams.
After disclosures that test questions for Philippine nursing board examinations in June were leaked to hundreds of applicants, officials and industry experts are warning that the country’s status as one of the world’s top producers of nurses could be threatened.
The country’s Professional Regulation Commission has confirmed that questions in the board exams taken by more than 42,000 nursing graduates in June had been provided in advance to hundreds of examinees. The initial accusations were made by students, who contended that the president of the Philippine Nurses Association had provided the exams to students who took his coaching classes.
Examinees from the country’s top nursing schools yesterday called on the government to order a retake of the controversial June 2006 nursing licensure examination, reiterating that only a retake will “completely redeem” their batch and the entire nursing profession.
THE Department of Health (DOH) finally named yesterday three doctors, a nurse, and a nursing attendant involved in the surgery of a florist at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).
The procedure to remove a body spray canister from the 39-year-old patient’s rectum was captured on camera and uploaded to YouTube.
The video shows more than 10 people in an operating room shouting, giggling, and jeering, especially after the canister was removed. One of the medical staff even opened the canister and sprayed it around. The video also captured several individuals taking footage of the operation using cellular phones. The patient, who wanted to be identified only as Jan-Jan, was unconscious all that time.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque identified the doctors and nurses as Dr. Philips Leo Arias, head surgeon; Dr. Angelo Alinawagan, assistant surgeon; Dr. Max Joseph Montecillo, who is assigned to an adjacent operating room; nursing attendant Rosemarie Villareal; and circulating nurse Carmina Sapio.
Hayden Kho graduated from the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He passed his licensure examination last February 2007. He used to practice his profession at the Belo Medical Group but was promoted to a Marketing Directory position later on. Today, his license as a medical doctor is at risk of getting revoked. Click here to see Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili’s video.
HERE’S ANOTHER SCANDAL INVOLVING DR. HAYDEN KHO AND ANOTHER DOCTOR-SLASH-MODEL-TURNED-PORNSTAR, DRA. MARICAR REYES
When not acting or doing commercials, Maricar Reyes actually works as a doctor. But Maricar would rather keep her life as a general practitioner separate from the showbiz world. In an interview at the ABS-CBN Trade Launch last April 30, Maricar shared with ABS-CBN.com the fulfillment she gets from being a doctor. “There’s something different about when a sick person comes to you and then you give him something that makes him feel better. There’s no price for that.”
Maricar said that being an actress and being a doctor are both her dreams. When she was a child she would often stand in front of the mirror and imitate some scenes she would see on TV. When she learned that her brother earned big bucks after doing a commercial, she was enticed by the idea of appearing in front of the camera and getting paid. Click here to see Dra. Maricar Reyes and Dr. Hayden Kho’s video.
AND ANOTHER HAYDEN KHO SCANDAL…NOW WITH AN ALLEGED BRAZILIAN MODEL…
I’m wondering if this is indeed a different woman…From the looks of it, the room is pretty much the same, don’t you think?