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Senate Recognizes 2 NCLEX passers (August 21, 2017)

THE Senate on Thursday presented Senate Resolution 20-10 to Michael Hidaldo and Senate Resolution 20-6 to Rezalina Barcinas, through her husband, for passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Public School System language heritage studies program manager Jonas Barcinas accepted the Senate resolution on behalf of his wife Rezalina while Hidalgo personally accepted the recognition with his parents.

Barcinas said his wife was at work. In an interview he said: “On behalf of my wife, I would like to extend my appreciation to the Senate for recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of individuals like my wife and all the nurses in the commonwealth. This is something that the commonwealth must be proud of especially now that we have a shortage of nurses. Hopefully, passing NCLEX will qualify them to work at our hospital and help provide services to those in need of healthcare services.”

Hidalgo, for his part, said he was grateful for the recognition from the Senate, adding that he is looking forward to working at the hospital.

He said he has applied for a job there and is waiting to get a call.

Hidalgo is a graduate of Northern Marianas College and NMC President Carmen Fernandez, in a separate interview, said she is very proud of him and Mrs. Barcinas.

“I am thankful that she and Michael will be able to help the hospital. It proves that our program is excellent because they were able to pass NCLEX on their first try.”

Fernandez is also encouraging other CNMI students to consider a career in healthcare and help fill critical positions at the hospital, especially now that most of its nurses are affected by the federal CW cap.

“I will be talking with the CNMI Scholarship Office to implement an incentive program to get more people into the healthcare program especially the nursing program,” she added.

Fernandez said there are 18 freshmen and returning students in the nursing program this school year. The nursing program is a two-year course of study.

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