School of Nursing welcomes CHED’s new BSN curriculum

A new policy and program implements the still four-year degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing despite the revisions in the structure of the curriculum.

The CHED Memorandum no.5 Series of 2008: “Polices and Standards for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program” is a resolution mandated early this March replacing the Associate in Science and Health Education program.

It comprises a total of 261 units including the 87 units of general education subjects, 125 units for professional courses, and 49 units of Related Learning Experience (RLE) that covers 2,499 hours of exposure in community, hospital, and special areas.

In contrast to the reinstated Health Science Education program which has 236 units, the new policy addresses additional exposure and aims to enhance communication skills by integrating new subject such as Nursing Informatics. As for the summer classes students should attend the subjects offered in between the rest of the four year course.

The purpose of the new curriculum is to uplift the relevance and quality of health services to be offered locally and internationally.

The compliance to the mandated curriculum would be effective AY 2009-2010.

Dean Ma. Regina Manabat (School of Nursing and Midwifery) asserted that they are preparing for its implementation. Seminars for enhancement about the new nursing curriculum is essential to understand and anticipate terms that may occur.

Principles of love of God, care as the core of nursing, love of people and love of country emphasized Core Values in CMO no. 5.

Key Areas of Responsibility as stated in “Article IV: Competency Standards” are Safe and Quality nursing care, Management of Resources and Environment, Health Education, Legal Responsibility, Ethico-moral Responsibility, Personal and Professional development, Quality improvement, Research, Record Management, Communication and Collaboration and Teamwork.

With these parameters the students are expected to comply with the set of standards as the basis of effective nursing care. (Edessa Farhana Caro)

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