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Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 19]
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11/26/19  8:44 am
Commenter: Zenaida D. Laxa

Changing the designation from foreign graduate nurse to RN applicant in name tags

I am a Bachelor of Arts in Economics graduate from Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines and graduated BSN at Hampton University. I currently work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth VA.

I was stunned when I read the VBON Regulations (updated 2017). We failed to familiarized with the current nursing regulations and failed to act accordingly. 

Filed a petition for rule making to amend regulation 18 VAC 90-19-130 Section D1 because the word foreign graduate nurse in name tags while waiting for NCLEX exam  is discriminatory.
it is condescending to be labeled and identified as foreign graduate nurses while under training. 
Nurses graduated from the Philippines had a very extensive training based on theories and  clinical expertise. All qualifications meets the standards, competence validated  prior to NCLEX exam. 
Drop  the foreign graduate nurse and use RN Applicant  in name tags please.

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