Thursday, August 5, 2010

CHEd rates NORSU a top school for BSN
By Ramie L. Bulaybulay Jr.

THE COMMISSION ON Higher Education (CHED) cited Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) as one of the top performing schools offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the whole country.

This was based on the 2009 Nurse Licensure Examinations (NLE), where 17 pioneering examinees from NORSU who passed, giving the university an automatic 100 percent passing rate.

According to the announcement released by CHED, the top-performing schools offering BSN were rated based on the results of the recent NLE, with 40.70 percent national passing average set by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), while for those who got higher than the set average was based from the school’s number of board takers.

For range three [those schools with 10 to 99 takers], NORSU Main Campus I shares the number one spot as top nursing performing school with Bukidnon State College- Malaybalay Campus and University of the Philippines- Manila Campus, both of which also acquired a 100 percent passing rate.

Meanwhile, Far Eastern University- Manila Campus topped the range one post [those schools with 1,000 and up takers] with 1, 982 passers out of 2, 656 takers or 74.62 passing rate. Whereas for range two [those schools with 100 to 999 takers], the number one top nursing school is Saint Paul University-Iloilo Campus who got a 100 percent passing rate.

In an interview, University President Henry A. Sojor said that the whole NORSU community is happy and proud of CHED’s announcement citing the university as one of the top performing nursing schools for range three. “We are all happy and we are all proud of that achievement and we directly give our appreciation to the College of Nursing [Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Allied Health Sciences (CNDPAHS)] faculty and staff, and to the graduates themselves,” Sojor remarked.

“I believe in the potentials of every Norsunian [and] whether you are poor or rich, intelligence does not distinguish and that proves that even if Norsunians come from poor families they have the intelligence and this intelligence can be shaped and developed in NORSU and it is my hope as president in this university,” the university president pointed out.

Asked for her reaction, BSN freshman Lovely Angelith Unajan said that with that announcement, she is very proud of NORSU. She added that she decided to enroll in NORSU due to the school’s affordable tuition fee while enjoying a high standard instruction. Having not seen the CNDPAHS’ equipment yet, she is optimistic that the college has enough facilities.

Another freshman BSN student Petty Juga Nacario echoed the same sentiment, expressing her happiness to all the pioneering nursing students who passed during the recent NLE. Moreover, she hopes that the university will continue it’s excellence in bringing pride. “NORSU is very excellent in the field of nursing even if it’s a public school,” proving wrong the common notions of the public that once a school pays high, the standard is also high, she emphasized.

Student Government of Dumaguete City I President Mary Dawn Valencia expressed her gratefulness with the said announcement. She added that the good news will encourage and inspire many students to enroll and to keep the good work, not just in BSN but to all courses offered by NORSU. (Publised by The NORSUnian, the Official Student publication of Negros Oriental State University)

Congrats Norsunians!!!