Duterte pushes for Advance Nursing Education Act

President Rodrigo Duterte tackled a lot of issues and pushed for many measures in his fifth State of the Nation Address, and it included the passage of the law that seeks to improve the nursing education in the country,

Delivered his SONA at Batasang Pambansa on July 27, Duterte mentioned about Advance Nursing Education Act as one of bills that he wants to see hurdle Congress and become a law before he steps down in 2 years.

“We hail our health professionals as heroes. Now is the time to pass the Advanced Nursing — iyan ho — Nursing Education Act and the law instituting the Medical Reserve Corps,” Duterte said.

He did not elaborate on the details of the proposed measure, but checking on the archives of the Senate, Advance Nursing Education Act is a bill filed by his ally Senator Bong Go last July 9, 2019.

Go said that the bill will elevate the status of the country as a producer of leaders, experts, and authorities in the field of medicine particularly nursing.

Senate Bill No. 395, also known as the “Advanced Nursing Education Act of 2019”, seeks to protect and improve the nursing profession by instituting measures that will result in relevant nursing education, humane working conditions, better career prospects and a dignified existence for our nurses.

LINK: Advanced Nursing Education Act of 2019 as filed in Senate.

In his press release then, Go mentioned that some current nursing programs in the country put emphasis on deploying Filipino nurses abroad, urging him to work on the proposed measure to encourage these health workers to render their service in the country instead.

“Naka-focus masyado ang ibang kasalukuyang programa sa pangingibang bansa ng mga nurses natin. Gusto kong maisama ang community integration and immersion sa kanilang mga curriculum upang mahikayat naman natin silang magtrabaho sa mga pamayanan dito sa Pilipinas,” Go said in an interview.

Screenshot of Senate Bill 395 on Advanced Nursing Education Act.
Screenshot of Senate Bill 395 on Advanced Nursing Education Act.

Go’s proposed measure will require the establishment of standard basic and graduate programs for nursing education, to be established in Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-accredited institutions of higher learning.

Under the basic program, students will be mandated to undergo community integration and immersion to encourage them to work in various communities.

Meanwhile, a graduate program will be built on the experiences and skills of the nurses towards mastery, expertise and leadership in practice, research and education. (With reports from Nurse Updates)

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