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Non-Compliant Filipino Nursing Schools Will Be Closed Down by CHED by June Next Year

June 29, 2008 · Filed Under In the news · Comment 

Now this is getting serious.

Nursing schools have been warned by The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Friday that if they will not implement the revised nursing curriculum June next year, CHED will revoke their licenses to operate.

This came after reports reached CHED that only 30% of the country’s nursing schools are compliant to the CHED Memorandum Order No. 5 (CMO No. 5) series of 2008 which sets the revised policies and standard curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The Coordinating Council of Private Education Associations (COCOPEA), which represents a consortium of private schools in the country with more than 2,500 members, has been fighting to junk the CMO No. 5, because this order raises the units required in BSN from 198 to 212 and related learning experience (RLE). Such ordinance will require the nursing students to take additional three summers to accommodate all the added units.

COCOPEA argued that aside from the financial burden this will bring to the students and parents as well, this order only mean that if a nursing student decides to shift to another course in his third year, he or she will be credited with less general education subjects in his new course resulting to a longer delay in his studies.

The group also pointed out that the professional courses under the new memorandum order were maximized to 125 units, of which 49 units are for related learning experience or RLE with a total of 2,499 exposure or contact hours.

COCOPEA is very determined to fight their petition to court because they believe that CHED failed to hold a public hearing as mandated under Republic Act 7722.

Despite COCOPEA’s objections, the Philippine Nursing Association (PNA), the Association of Deans of the Colleges of Nursing of the Philippines, and the Association of Private Hospitals in the Philippines, declared their strong support on the implementation of the CMO No. 5.

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PNA Supports CHED’s Move to Change Nursing Curriculum Despite Protests by Other Parties

May 29, 2008 · Filed Under In the news · Comment 

Last Tuesday, the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) approves the implementation of a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum circular no. 5 that imposes a new curriculum on nursing schools on Tuesday.

CHED’s new memo, also known as the enhanced Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, adds another 33 units to the present nursing curriculum’s 169 units.  This will technically result to adding three summer classes to the present eight-semester course of aspiring Filipino Nurses.

“The PNA fully believes and supports the rationale of the new and enhanced four-year BSB program,” the Nurses Group said in its position paper signed by Leah Primitiva Samaco-Paquiz, its national president.

With this course enhancement, the number of hours for practicum will also be increased to 2,499 from the present 2,142-hour requirement.

PNA released their position as leaders of the largest consortium of private colleges and universities in the Philippines, as well as the umbrella organization of five educational associations, expressed their disapproval of this move from CHED.

See our initial report on these protests here.

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CHEd’s Changes on the Nursing Curricullum was met with protests and rejections

May 22, 2008 · Filed Under In the news · 1 Comment 

CHEd released last week Memorandum Order No. 5 which mandates nursing schools to add new subjects and increase the hospital hours of nursing students starting this school year. It will be applicable only to incoming freshmen nursing students.

Several stakeholders such as a group of private school and the parents of the incoming nursing students cry foul to this move since they claimed that no public consultations was done by CHEd to that effect. They claimed that the additional year and longer hospital hours will be costly for the parents of nursing students. CHEd was quick to respond saying that they did consulted the group 3 years ago through Maria Teresita Sy-Sinda, chairperson of CHEd’s Technical Communication on Nursing Studies.

Ms. Sy-Sinda said nursing school owners, parents and related institutions were consulted during the drafting of the program. According to her, the original plan was to turn the nursing degree into a five-year program to ensure graduates’ competence. This, she said, was turned down by the stakeholders, citing the additional costs it would entail. She further claimed that the new program was much better because of the integration of the review for the licensure exams in the nursing schools.

As we blogged recently, private nursing review centers now have to comply with the strict standards set by CHEd if they wish to continue operating, Sinda said, adding nursing schools that fail to meet the minimum passing rate for three years could be closed down.

Another setback made by the new curriculum is that it gets rid of “special courses” for professionals applying to nursing schools. Before, professionals like doctors can finish a nursing degree within 18 months because of the special courses offered by schools. Now they have to go through the whole program to become a nurse.

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CHED Will Finally Close Down Nursing Review Centers Not Compliant with EO 566

May 20, 2008 · Filed Under In the news · 4 Comments 

It seems that the Philippine Government is now fed up with embarassing professional board exams results that shocked the country and the international community as well in recent years.  This is primarily triggered by the fiasco that happened in the 2006 Nursing Board Exams.

Yesterday, Executive Director William Medrano, an official of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) admitted that debilitating impact of fly-by-night review centers to the Professional Regulation Commissions exam results could have been avoided had the industry been regulated by the agency.

The admission was made after the Northcap Nursing Review Center incident we blogged yesterday.

If it had been regulated, then there will be no fly-by-night-schools or problems with review centers, he said.

He further cited that the recent scam in the Civil Engineering Board Exam last Nov. 2007 that resulted to the re-examination of two subjects could be prevented if review centers were under strict monitoring and supervision of CHED.

Last month, CHED Executive Director Atty. Julito Vitriolo already warned all review centers (including nursing review centers) and similar entities to comply with Executive Order No. 566 signed by President Gloria Arroyo last September 2006. He said that CHED will no longer extend the deadline for the imposition of EO 566, which mandates independent review centers to integrate with schools to prevent the repeat of questionable Board exams results.

Vitriolo said that their main concern is simply that of guiding the students and parents in enrolling in legitimate and CHED-authorized review centers and not just some fly by night schools. He further that they will not hesitate to close down review centers which would not comply with E.O. 566.

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