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Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 19]
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12/10/19  5:52 pm
Commenter: Ramon Sumibcay, PNAA WR RVP

18VAC90-19-130 Licensure application Amendment

As a Filipino, I was proud to have earned my BSN from Norfolk State University. I don't really understand the rationale for designation of "foreign nurse graduate". In the United States, Filipinos have earned the reputation as the most compassionate nurses ever. There are many Filipino nurses who were educated in the Philippines but have furthered their education to the highest levels, and have accomplished the highest positions a nurse could ever imagined. Did it matter if they were "foreign educated nurses?"

That phrase "foreign educated nurse" has a discriminatory connotation. For instance, because of the color of my skin, I could be wrongfully identified as foreign graduate nurse. I am a proud Spartan, Norfolk State University graduate. Those days of labeling people by virtue of their places of origin have been long gone. Let's not bring back the poignant memories of racial discrimination. 

I am a proud Filipino nurse. I am proud of my 5-thousand + colleagues in the Philippine Nurses Association of America. We are proud to have become an important and major players in the United States healthcare system. 

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