MONTREAL — Quebec nursing student Jennifer Gunville was shocked when she found out she failed her licensing exam.
Gunville was one of about 50 per cent of nursing students in the province who failed their September written test.
Quebec’s professional orders watchdog, the Quebec Professional Office, has launched an investigation into the matter after receiving 27 complaints.
Quebec’s skilled nursing order — the Ordre professionalnel des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec — blamed the poor results on the COVID-19 pandemic and said exams have remained the same for the past few years.
The previous exam in March 2022 had a 71% success rate, while the September 2021 exam had an 81% pass rate.
Isabelle Dumaine, president of the union representing Quebec nurses, said she didn’t know why the failure rate was so high in September, but she didn’t think it had anything to do with the pandemic.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on November 15, 2022.
This story was produced with funding from Meta and the Canadian Journalism Fellowship.
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