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Chiz Escudero Said NO to CHED’s Additional Year for Nursing Education

March 24, 2009 · Filed Under Featured Articles, In the news · Comment 

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has expressed concern over CHED’s plan to add another year to the nursing education.

“I am against adding another year for nursing, or for any other course,” the feisty senator said in a press statement a few days back.  “Our nurses are being praised all over the world. Why in the world does CHED want to change what is not broken?” he asked.

Escudero said the CHED should instead weed out diploma mills that have proliferated due to the increase in the number of students wanting to take up nursing. He also called for stricter supervision of nursing review centers.

Prior to this, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations has already expressed their opinion against the CHED’s plan.  Escudero said that making nursing a five-year course would mean an additional financial burden to parents and students.

Based on current figures, each nursing student needs about P100,000 annually for tuition fees plus textbooks, excluding review courses. Adding another year to the nursing course will make it more expensive to the parents that set aside a budget for the education of their children to the detriment of other basic family needs such as food and buying a new home.

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Take Up Nursing for the Right Reasons – It’s Not a Sure Ticket Anymore to Work Abroad…

July 17, 2008 · Filed Under Insights · 4 Comments 

Now the truth, once again, hurts. Nursing is not anymore a sure ticket to work abroad. Can you believe it?

If you are a Pinoy high school student reading this and you are still thinking of taking up Nursing as your college course, think again.

The recent reports of oversupply in the nursing profession and dwindling job opportunities here and abroad should make you cringe to think about how you can recover the expensive cost of taking up nursing and ending up unemployed at the end of 4 years. (No not again.)

Think about your parents and their expectations. Think about your own future. Do you really want to be a nurse someday to help sick people? Or do you want to take up nursing just to work abroad and make more money?

The key is to take up nursing right now for the right reasons thereby embedding in you and your families the right expectations. If your families are pressuring you to become a nurse for money, tell them it’s not the right time.

As it stands right now, most students take up Nursing without much heart into it. Others really want to become accountants, engineers, lawyers and other profession but was forced to take up Nursing in the hopes of becoming rich and making it big abroad like their predecessors have testified in advertisements from nursing schools. Others are influenced by their parents as a get-rich quick scheme to lift their families from the poverty line. This maybe one of the reasons why some nurses perform poorly at work.

The lure of Nursing to many Pinoy high school students is money from abroad. Again, I am not saying all but many or shall we say majority of the youth is geared to that direction. If you don’t agree with that statement, fine. I can hear ya.

But I am sure you will agree that some (again not all) parents force their children to take up Nursing for this reason only – money abroad. Many are brainwashed by the testimonies of successful Nurses abroad to come and take their chances as well.

So it’s the same bait those unscrupulous and incompetent fly-by-night nursing schools have been drooling in your face. But don’t bite that easily. If you do not watch the trend in your chosen profession and do not look beyond the obvious, you will be swindled – easily.

When money is not everything to you, then that’s the time to really take up Nursing. Otherwise, we advise you to think it through. Your future is at stake here.

We know that many Pinoy high school students planning to take up Nursing will be disheartened to see this blog but nevertheless we feel that we need to educate and bring light to the problem at hand – the expected oversupply in the future for the nursing profession.

It’s the law of supply and demand that is at work here. Excessive workforce supply without demand for work equals unemployment for Pinoy nurses. That’s a universal economic law and it bites us every time. It’s the same law that propels the prices of oil and other commodities you pay for your hard earned money. It goes up and down over time. Rumour has it that call center companies are not so eager to hire nursing graduates as call center agents.

Like you, we can only hope for the best. It’s your choice still but weigh your options based on the trends that you see today. Again the key is to take up nursing right for the right reasons. Taking up a profession is a decision with lifelong impact. You should really think of what you really want to do with your life in the future without regretting any of your decisions later.

And remember, the heart of taking up Nursing and becoming a Nurse is to help and care for sick people. If you don’t have that in your heart and you are only there for the money and to work abroad, then you may just be disappointed later.

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