Accreditation and its Relationship to the Performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination of Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines

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Accreditation and its Relationship to the Performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination of Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines


Wireen Leila Tanggawohn Dator
St. Paul University Tuguegarao


 Abstract


 Background: The quality of nursing education in the Philippines was observed to be declining based on the decreasing national passing rate in the Nurse Licensure Examination. Quality assurance in the nursing programs offered by Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines is legitimately done through accreditation by government-recognized accrediting agencies.

 Objectives: This study determined the relationship between accreditation and performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination. It looked into the significant relationship between level of accreditation and performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination, and it also determined the difference between the performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination of Higher Education Institutions with accredited and non-accredited Nursing Programs 

Methods: This is a descriptive correlation study that included 174 higher educational institutions with nursing programs in the Philippines categorized from outstanding, high, average, low, and very low performing schools. Results: The results showed that Accredited Nursing Programs are located almost equally in the different regions except in Region Eight where there are not any accredited Nursing Programs. A majority of the 59 accredited Nursing Programs are level 2 and mostly accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). A Kendal r value of 0.314 probability level of 0.006 shows that performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination is dependent on the level of accreditation. The higher the level of accreditation, the higher is the performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination. With a Kendal r- value of 33.236 at probability level 0.001, showed that accrediting agency is independent to the performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination. Furthermore, with a Kendal value of 40.962 at probability level 0.000, it showed that performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination is significantly dependent on
 Accreditation. 

Conclusion: The quality of and excellence in Nursing Education is reflected by the performance in the Nurse Licensure Examination; therefore, with the declining national passing rate in the Nurse Licensure Examination, the quality of Nursing Education in the Philippines is declining. Accreditation should be strengthened to improve quality of nursing
education in the Philippines.


 


Also published in the International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare  
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