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DAVAO -- A regional education commission said the quality of nursing schools in Davao is declining as evidenced by the drop of their passing rate in the nursing licensure exam (NLE).

"If they're concerned about quality, bakit 'di sila pumapasa sa board? (If the nursing schools are concerned about the quality of education they are giving, why are their students failing the board exams?)" Commission on Higher Education (Ched)-Davao Regional Director Edward Aquino asked.

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A Commission on Higher Education (Ched) directive, which is on the initial phase of implementation, requires nursing institutions to garner a minimum of 30 percent passing average in NLE during a three-year evaluation period: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013.

Failing to meet the provisions in Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) 14 will result in the closure or gradual phase-out of the nursing course in the non-performing school. Sanctions, which depend on the gravity of the situation, may be meted out.

Based on the tallying results made by Ched central office, only seven of 20 nursing institutions in the region have overall passing rates above the national passing percentage of 40.70 percent during the 2009 NLE by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The seven schools identified are Brokenshire College, Davao Doctors College Inc., San Pedro College-Davao City, Ateneo de Davao University, Davao Medical School Foundation, University of Mindanao-Davao City, and Saint Mary's College-Tagum.


Other 13 institutions failed below the Ched CMO 14 standard.

Aquino identified the 13 non-performing schools as Mindanao Medical Foundation College, Arriesgado College Foundation Inc., John Paul II College, Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur, University of Mindanao-Tagum, University of the Immaculate Conception-Davao, North Davao College-Tagum Foundation, Davao Oriental State College of Science & Technology, University of Mindanao-Digos College, Holy Child School of Davao, Mati Doctors College, Davao Merchant Marine Academy, and Tecaro College Foundation Inc.

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Aquino noted that several years ago, higher education institutions (HEIs) that offered nursing were not required to have their own hospitals. Now, all HEIs applying for license to introduce a nursing program with Ched are required to possess a tertiary level hospital (a teaching hospital with at least 100 beds) for their Related Learning Experience (RLE).

This is because there has been a rush of nursing students that existing hospitals can no longer take some of them in for training, he said.

"Some nursing students nowadays even go to as far as Region 12 (Soccsksargen) and 13 (Caraga) just to get their required RLE," Aquino added. He said this exposes students to unnecessary risks and expenses, adding that schools should provide a facility for the RLE.

He said the current number of nursing students is overwhelming the infrastructural teaching capacity of most nursing HEIs not just in Davao Region but all over the country.

Some schools no longer care about academic abilities of their students as they only see the money the high number of students brings.

"Ngayon kasi, the Ched central office sees that a number of nursing HEIs are not screening their applicants anymore based on academic ability. They are giving their (prospective) students false hopes (that he/she is fit for a nursing course)," he said.

As a consequence, the number of unemployed nursing graduates is also growing. These nursing graduates do not even possess the basic skills and capabilities required of their profession, he added.

Erring HEIs

Aquino said there are many students who fit a nursing career but there are more who are not, which should have been screened out by the schools earlier on.

He urged prospective nurses to check if they really have the heart to take on the challenges that come with the profession.

"If one wants to be a nurse, then he or she should not shirk at the sight of blood," the director said.

The director cited past instances when nursing deans and staff were "pirated" by rival nursing HEIs, luring them with more lucrative compensation packages as competition for enrollees peaked.

"At its height in 2005-2006, some nursing deans were being offered up to P50,000 as basic salary per month," Aquino said.

The more talented nursing practitioners, however, are likewise enticed by greener pastures abroad as demand for experienced nurses there promised much higher compensation.

Aquino said Ched is demanding quality and cracking down on nursing schools that can no longer produce the kind of graduates required by the profession.

Ched Chairman Emmanuel Angeles is "serious about closing down all, not just nursing HEIs, but all erring HEIs in general," Aquino said.

Ched's reminders

First on Ched's list of reminders is for schools to focus on the education of the youth and not on the profit from their tuition.

In the admission policies, it should be that those not suited for nursing in both attitude and aptitude would be screened out.

Aquino pointed out that there are guidelines for nursing HEIs designed to improve standards of education.

Ched and PRC in Davao Region have been evaluating nursing HEIs since the dissemination of CMO 14 last year. The director said these schools are well aware of why Ched and PRC are undertaking such measures.

The director said CMO 14's provisions regarding NLE performance take effect starting June 2010, the schedule for the next NLE.

Ched-Davao will join forces with its counterparts from the Department of Interior and Local Government and the PRC to "collectively monitor, evaluate and regulate all universities and colleges who offer board courses" starting this incoming school year 2010-2011. (RJ Nieto/NT/Sunnex)

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