The July 2011 nursing licensure examination results were released Saturday and 48 percent or 37,513 of the 78,135 who took it passed, with a graduate of the University of the Philippines – Manila, Jomel Garcia Lapides, as topnotcher.

The new nurses will take their oaths at a date and venue to be announced later, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Lapides, topped the exam with a rating of 88.40 percent, edging out two graduates of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who shared second place with a rating of 87.40 percent. The UST topnotchers are Hazel Cortes Crisostomo and Beverly Lynne Yao Ong.

“The results of examination with respect to six (6) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination," the PRC said.