Vitalite Health Network supports recommendations for nurse registration exams

The Vitalite Heath Network is supporting recommendations by New Brunswick's official languages commissioner regarding alleged deficiencies in French  nursing registration exams.

In her report, Katherine D'Entremont concluded the exam adopted by the New Brunswick Nurses Association placed Francophone candidates at a disadvantage.

Network CEO Gilles Lanteigne believes the language rights of nursing students need to be upheld and that a person's language preference should never interfere with the admission process.

Lanteigne says the situation has reached a point that it worries administrators, noting reduced admission rates do nothing to help the network's recruitment efforts.

He's calling on the association to quickly implement the commissioners recommendations which including having the exam be translated by an authorized translator and the association take the necessary measures to comply with the Official Languages Act.

Fewer than half of candidates from the Universite de Moncton passed the NCLEX-RN exam.

Earlier this week the New Brunswick Acadian Society and the U-de-M Student association threatened to take the matter to court.