By Kristine Ann M. Fernandez
A sillimanian ranked third out of more than 35,000 examinees in the recent Nursing Licensure Examinations.
Garnering an average of 85.80 percent, Marian Vanslembrouck became the first nursing boards topnotcher for Silliman after two years.
“I prayed a lot, read review notes and books as well as answered a lot of nursing questions. I think I answered around 8,000 questions in preparation for the exam,” she said.
Vanslembrouck placed first runner-up in the 2010 Miss Silliman pageant, served as Student Government president for school year 2012-2013 and graduated cum laude last March.
She added that her plans in the future include teaching or taking a law degree. The latter was inspired by her experience as a student-leader.
College of Nursing Dean Evelyn Abalos said although they feel sad for those who did not pass, they are happy that Vanslembrouck “lifted the name of Silliman.”
“Marian is an epitome of the whole person education that Silliman offers,” she said.
Abalos added that she is optimistic about the future of nursing despite the dwindling enrolment in nursing courses. “There may be a decrease in demand for nurses in foreign countries but we at Silliman still have a good number of students,” she said.
As incentive to students who give honor to the university by topping board exams, Silliman will reimburse two years’ worth of tuition fees to Vanslembrouck.
SU’s passing rate is 90.70 percent with 39 passers out of the 10,977 nationwide.