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New Era University alumnus tops NLE 2013

The moment the results of the Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE) came out, Kristine Joie Danan’s family, friends, church mates and all of the New Era University (NEU) community went wild in jubilation over her achievement as the 2013 NLE topnotcher.

With a score of 86.20 percent, Danan bested 10,997 other passers nationwide. The magna cum laude graduate from Batch 2013 said she made all the necessary preparations for the NLE since her freshman days and is happy that all her hard work had paid off.

Kristine Joie Danan, Manila Bulletin, 2013 NLE topnotcer

Kristine Joie Danan

But during her first few years as an elementary student at the Village Montessori in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, she revealed that she was not as gifted.

“Nung bata ako, hindi naman ako nag-start as gifted, dumaan talaga ako sa process. Dati, (elementary days) wala ako sa honor. Eventually naging top 9, top 7, hanggang naging top 1 ako nung 6th grade.  Tapos nung nag-high school hanggang college, ‘yung gawain ko lang ay mag-aral, mag-stay sa bahay, tumupad (in reference to her Church duties), and so on,” Danan said.

When she entered high school age, she and her family transferred to Manila. Danan chose NEU as her high school and applied a diligent work ethic that eventually led her to become the valedictorian of her batch.

In college, she took up Nursing to fulfill her dream and follow in the footsteps of her mother who is a registered nurse.

As a student, Danan was simple yet determined. She placed more emphasis on her studies than a social life and her willingness to learn kept her on the path towards becoming the 2013 NLE topnotcher.

“Dapat ngayon pa lang, alam mo na ‘yung goal mo sa buhay. First year pa lang ako, may note na sa notebook ko, Goal no.1 (which is regarding the NLE), at medyo organized talaga ‘ko lalo na sa mga dapat gawin pag weekdays. Then hindi naman masama na i-reward ko ‘yung sarili ko after a week of work, puwedeng manood ng movies, food trip, etc.,” she shared.

Danan said that she was also inspired by December 2012 NLE top 2, Billy Rabago, who is a batch ahead of her.

“Naging mga kuya-kuyahan at mga ate na namin ‘yung batch nina Kuya Billy, pinayuhan nila kami sa pag-aaral namin, na pagbutihan pa namin,” she added. “Tinawagan ako ni Kuya Billy para batiin ako yet I asked him, ganito ba talaga ‘yung feeling? Sobrang unexpected at overwhelming talaga,” she said.

Danan also gave credit to the clinical instructors who helped her and her batch mates during the course of their studies.

“Hindi lang basta nila kami sinamahan sa hospital, they really inspired us na hindi lang kami dapat nurse by profession, but nurse by heart,” explained Danan who plans to take further medical studies in the future.

Apart from them, she also expressed her gratitude to the support of NEU president Dr. Nilo Roxas and Prof. Baby Simonette Leoncio, dean of the NEU College of Nursing who served as a parent to everyone.

According to Danan, her achievement would not have been possible if not for her supportive parents and her faith in the Lord. She believes that her devotional prayers helped her top the exam.