THECommission on Higher Education (Ched) will launch a short-term master's program in nursing in a bid to address the lack of nursing instructors in the country.
In an interview during the Laging Handa public briefing, Ched Chairperson Prospero de Vera III said that having more nursing instructors may subsequently result in an increase in the number of nursing graduates in the country.
“Itong mas maiksing master’s program ay particular sa gustong magturo sa mga nursing schools para mapalaki natin ‘yung enrollment sa nursing progam,” de Vera said.
(This shorter master's program is specifically designed for those who want to teach in nursing schools to increase enrollment in the nursing program.)
Currently, obtaining masters in nursing in the country takes two years.
In March, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered Ched to come up with “concrete” measures to address the shortage of nurses, which badly impacts the delivery of effective healthcare in the country.
Marcos said due to higher pay, the country’s nurses opt to work abroad instead of serving in the country.
De Vera earlier said that among the interventions they were implementing to retain Filipino nurses in the country were retooling board non-passers, adopting a nursing curriculum with exit credentials, redirecting non-practicing nurses and conducting exchange programs with other countries.
He said nursing students with exit credentials were also given several options such as to exit at the end of Level I or II, obtain the certificate or diploma in Nursing, or choose to continue and finish the four-year nursing program to become a registered nurse. (SunStar Philippines)