Tagum resident among top 10 finishers in nursing board exams

TAGUM CITY, Philippines – A 21-year-old daughter of government employees in this city made it to the top 10 in the 2010 nursing licensure examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission.

Vanessa Elumbaring of Tagum’s Saint Mary’s College tied for fourth place with Southern Luzon State University’s Kimberly Malubago, by garnering a grade of 86.40 percent.

The eldest daughter of court clerks Nicanor and Evelyn Elumbaring, Vanessa said she was overwhelmed with emotion upon learning Saturday night that she was one of the topnotchers.

“The questions were really very difficult. I did not even expect to make it,” she said.

Her father said a sister in-law called him up and gave him the news.

Vanessa’s two sisters are also taking up nursing, with one of them graduating this year. Their youngest sibling is an elementary pupil.

“I was overwhelmed too with happiness for Vaness’ achievement. Our prayers to God have been answered,” the elder Elumbaring said.

He said his daughter had been a hard-working student since elementary, receiving honors even up to high school.

“I did not place during last May’s graduation as one of my subjects had a grade of below 85,” Vanessa said.

She said her stellar showing in the licensure exams involved 40 percent hard work, 40 percent prayers and 20 percent luck.

The new nurse thanked her family, teachers and friends for their support, “from my first day in school until I finished taking the exams.”

She said that several nights before the exams result were announced, her mother dreamed of her placing in the top ten, but the family did not take it seriously because it was just a dream.

Vanessa said she had yet to decide on whether to look for employment abroad or work in the country.

“But for now, I just want to relax and savor this God-given achievement,” she said.

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