A Center of excellence in nursing, innovating relevant and quality nursing programs responsive to the needs of local and global communities in the service of God and country.
- Develop relevant, responsive and innovative curricular programs responsive to the needs of the individual, family and community local and global
- Create an organizational climate that harnesses the maximum potentials of the individual
- Provide opportunities for personal and professional growth of the faculty and staff
- Provide human and material resources for effective and efficient instruction equipped with the state-of-the-art technology
- Create an environment conducive for teaching-learning process employing instructional procedures in the development of the critical thinking skills of the learners; and
- Produce graduates with the competencies for professional practice imbued with values and qualities of honesty, enlightened and assertive nationalism, social responsibility, and a high sense of moral integrity.
Nature of the Field of Study
The BSN is a four-year program consisting of general education and professional courses. Professional courses are threaded through from the first year thru the fourth year with emphasis on the nursing concepts with corresponding Related Learning Experiences (RLE).
The BSN program provides an intensive nursing practicum that will refine further the nursing competencies to ensure achievement of the BSN program outcomes required of an entry level nurse.
BSN is quite a difficult course. It needs accuracy at all times, there is no room for mistakes during clinical duty because the patient’s life is at stake. A right mindset is also needed most especially during clinical exposures because the situation in the hospital is very unpredictable.
The BSN program aims to develop a professional nurse who is able to assume entry level positions in health facilities or community settings. The professional nurse is capable of providing safe, humane, quality and holistic care to individuals in varying age, gender and health- illness status; healthy or at risk families; population groups; and community; singly or in collaboration with other health care providers to promote health, prevent illness, restore health, alleviate suffering and provide end of life care.
BSN Level Outcomes
These are outcomes expected to be achieved at the end of the specific year level. The level outcomes are as follows:
First year: At the end of the first year, given simulated situations in selected settings, the learners demonstrate basic nursing skills in rendering safe and appropriate care utilizing the nursing process.
Second year: At the end of the second year, given a normal and high-risk mother and newborn, child, family, communities and population groups in any health care setting, the learners demonstrate safe, appropriate and holistic care utilizing the nursing process.
Third year: At the end of the third year, given individuals, families, population groups, and communities with physiologic and psychosocial health problems and maladaptive patterns of behavior in varied health care settings, the learners demonstrate safe, appropriate and holistic care utilizing the nursing process and applying research and evidence- based practice.
Fourth year: At the end of the fourth year, given groups of clients (individuals, families, population groups, and communities) with health problems and special needs, the learners demonstrate safe, appropriate and holistic care utilizing the nursing process and can assume first level entry positions in any field of nursing.
The total number of RLE hours in Nursing is 2,703 hours.
What skills and attitude are required to succeed in this course?
The following are the most important ones:
- Service Orientation – being happy with helping and serving other people
- Social Perceptiveness - being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
- Being cool headed – being calm and relaxed under pressure
- Communication skills – the ability to effectively relay information both orally and in written form
- Collaborative skills – the ability to coordinate with different health professionals in the care of patients
- Judgement and Decision making skills – being able to decide and prioritize problems according to importance and urgency
- Critical Thinking Skills – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
- Mathematical skills – on a basic level. The ability to compute and use different computational methods to solve medication dosage, consumption etc.
Specializations for the field of Nursing:
- Hospital Nursing – The field of nursing situated in a medical facility known as a hospital.
- Neonatal Nursing – These professionals assist clients as they give birth and directly afterward. They monitor both the babies in their care.
- Nurse Midwife – These advanced practice nurses guide patients through pregnancy and delivery, and they are often the primary provider for such clients.
- Critical Care Nursing – A field that defines itself by the hospital units in which they work. Critical care nurses help patients on critical care floors, which sometimes includes intensive care units and trauma floors.
- Dialysis Nursing – A field wherein the nurse assist the clients who suffers from kidney failure that require dialysis to clean their blood. Dialysis nurses assess clients before each procedure, ensure safety during the process, and perform assessments when the dialysis is complete.
- Health Policy Nursing – An experienced healthcare worker with a deep understanding of the medical system, these nurses provide insight into how healthcare policy proposals may affect clients.
- Informatics Nursing – The field in nursing wherein nurses work at the intersection of and technology. They leverage their knowledge of human health and experience in bedside nursing to determine how emerging technology can help patients. They advise hospitals, practitioners, and companies that develop new health care technology.
- Nursing Educator – These professionals use their first-hand experience and knowledge of medicine to train up-and-coming nurses. They work with hospitals and universities to design effective educational programs. Some focus on clinical hours for BSN students, while others teach courses at universities or create continuing education programs for practicing professionals.
- Nurse Advocate – These nurses communicate between patients and medical teams. They ensure high levels of care and intervene on behalf of patients whenever a problem arises. While all nurses advocate for patients, these specialized professionals exclusively do this work. These nurses typically work in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
- Nurse Researcher – Nurse researchers conduct studies and analyze data to innovate in healthcare. They can work for hospitals, research laboratories, clinics, or pharmaceutical companies. These nurses typically research topics that may affect nursing – such as ways to make it safer – but they do not carry out bedside nursing tasks.
- Trauma Nurse – These specialized nurses work on the trauma units in hospitals. Their patients recover from physical traumas, including serious injuries from accidents. Some trauma nurses become advanced practice nurses or nurse practitioners within the specialty.
- Pediatric Nurse – The field of nursing that helps children in a variety of settings. They can work anywhere that children receive medical treatment, including pediatric hospitals, pediatric wings in traditional hospitals, and private practices.
- Geriatric Nurse – The field of nursing that works in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to care for patients in the golden years of their lives. They are skilled in areas such as memory care and end-of-life nursing.
- Oncology Nurse – The field of nursing that work exclusively with patients who receive cancer treatments. These professionals assist with in-patient care for those who stay in hospitals or outpatient treatments, such as chemotherapy. They tend to work for hospitals, but can also find employment at private oncology practices. In addition to administration, oncology nurses educate patients about their illnesses.
- Community Health Nursing – a field of nursing that is a blend of primary health care and nursing practice with public health nursing
- School Nursing – scope of practice includes taking care of employees’ and students' health in schools
- Pain Management Nurse – A pain management nurse assists and treats patients suffering from chronic or acute pain.
- Trauma Nurse
- Psychiatric Nursing – a specialized field of nursing that cares for patients with mental illness or mental distress, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression or dementia. They work in hospitals and in-patient care facilities to ensure that patients take their medications, stay safe from harm, and attend counseling sessions.
- Private Duty Nursing – a field of nursing that involves one on one patient care; usually done in the client’s home, or an institution such as a nursing home or home for the elderly
- Clinical Nursing – a specialization of nursing where nurses are responsible in managing patients, schedule, and setting up referrals
Specific Roles and Careers for Graduates
As a nurse generalist, they can assume the following roles on:
- Client Care. Utilize the nursing process in the care of: Mothers, newborns, children, adolescents, adults and older persons; Family, community, population groups, and persons with special needs.
- Leadership and Management. Serves as Managers and Leaders of Nursing Service Units and health services and programs.
- Research. Engage in nursing and health-related research; Evaluate research studies; Apply research process in improving client care.
Career Opportunities for BSN graduates
- Jobs for Registered Nurses (Board Passers)
- Staff Nurse – employed in both public and private hospitals, staff nurses provide professional nursing care in accordance with physicians' orders; they are assigned in different areas with primary duties of administering medications, performing nursing interventions, transcribing doctor’s orders, health education and medical documentation.
You can be assigned as a staff nurse in the following areas:
- Intensive Care Unit
- Pediatric Ward
- Oncology Department (treatment unit for cancer patients)
- Delivery Room/Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit
- Operating Room/Surgical Unit
- Out Patient Department
- Dialysis Department (treatment unit for patients with kidney failure)
- Medical Ward
- Ophthalmology Department (treatment unit for patients with eye disorder)
- Emergency Department
- Diagnostics Unit
- Community Health Nurse – employed by the government and are deployed in different localities; they perform visits to home bound patients
- Hospice Nurse – provide end-of-life care at a hospice facility or the patient’s home
- Geriatric Nurse – registered nurses who specialize in caring for elderly individuals; they can work in clinics, hospitals or the home of the elderly individual who needs care or assistance
- Clinical Nurse Specialist – licensed registered nurse who has either a master's or doctorate degree in a specialized area of nursing; they can work as nurse researchers, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwives, nurse consultants, senior nurse supervisors etc.
- Private Nurse – a registered nurse who takes care of one patient in a home setting
- School nurse – employed in a school with the primary task of monitoring students’ health conditions
- Nurse Educator – an RN who teaches nursing at a university or college
- Nurse Practitioner – a registered nurse educated to a master’s degree level and authorized to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role
- Jobs for non-board passers
- Nurse Assistants/Nursing Aides – help patients get in and out of bed, bathe them, help them get dressed, and wash and brush their hair; they serve meals and help patients with eating
- Midwife – works in a rural health unit (RHU) and provides basic education and interventions to pregnant women; they assist Doctors and Nurses during childbirth
- Nurse Receptionist – answers hospital phone calls and schedules appointments for patients with specific Physicians
- Medical Representative – sells and markets health care products and supplies, frequently pharmaceutical drugs
- Jobs not related to the BSN program
- Call center agent – answers phone calls and inquiries of clients and provides customer support, usually to people from other countries
- Administrative Staff – personnel responsible for the organization and management of office duties and tasks; positions that include office secretary, personal assistant and office clerk
- Freelancer working online – doing online jobs for clients abroad, such as data entry, article writing, SEO, customer support , administrative support etc., which mainly depends on your skills
- Career Opportunities Abroad. The demand for Filipino Nurses abroad is high at present.
Different countries also require you to take their own licensure examination. National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are a few examples. In addition, they also require 2 to 3 years of hospital experience and several trainings and seminars (Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) before you can work as a Nurse.