Nursing students have to go through two more subjects before they get their much coveted college diploma. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recently ordered the inclusion of two new nursing subjects in the nursing curriculum to guarantee that the Philippines will be able to produce high caliber nurses.
The subjects added are the following: Theoretical Foundation in Nursing and Fundamentals of Nursing Practice which aims to instill to first year students the ethics and commitment of the nursing profession.
The CHED Order Number 5 series of 2008 requires implementation of the revised curriculum on the next school year 2008-2009. The CHED executive director, Dr. William Medrano emphasized that the addition of new subjects was not because of the canister scandal at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu. It was recommended by Technical Committee on Nursing Education composed of distinguished personalities in the field of nursing according to CHED executive director.
Medrano said, “The order was issued before that scandal. The move to add the two subjects came as a result of a recommendation made by the Technical Committee.” This development was favored by deans of nursing school and hospital administrators specifically the Association of Deans of the Colleges of Nursing of the Philippines and the Association of Private Hospitals in the Philippines. However school owners and administrators view it negatively.
The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) and its affiliate private schools’ associations are demanding for the suspension of the new CHED order.