With much high regard and value for the nursing licensure examination, we, the Health Students’ Action (HSA), an interschool organization which is composed of health science students, are affected that only 41% of the examinees passed. Added to this , we are deeply saddened and disturbed by the tragic news last August 31 regarding a nursing graduate, Riza Joy Collada who succumbed to her frustration.We wish to express our deep sympathy to her family.
She was one of the 56,000 examinees who did not make it. Recognizing our role as students, we, however, should try our best to objectify the situation and analyze more deeply the nursing education. We should face this sad reality as a challenge and we should not put the blame on ourselves alone.
Our student organization and other professional organizations have been deeply concerned with the problem concerning the deteriorating quality of our education, especially nursing.
Nursing education has become an outright business venture. The nursing colleges has mushroomed to almost 500 (463), but with little supervision, regulation or monitoring by the government. If private schools are left almost on their own, there is no guard against abuse in exorbitant school and hospital affiliation fees. Most of all, there is inadequate, if not lack of control and monitoring on the number of students vs. the school’s capacity to provide experienced, competent teachers, adequate facilities and learning and hospital, clinical or community exposures. The recent CHED watchlist and threat to close down non- performing or low-performing schools is still to be implemented while the quality of nursing education has been continuously and fastly diving to its historically low.
It is a fact that education, especially health sciences and service-oriented courses is supposedly a right being upheld by the state. Moreover, ideally, it should serve our own people. In situation that we are in, when government fails to perform its mandate, as students and future professionals, we have the right to demand the worth of our parents’ or guardians’ hard- earned money, while advocating as much as possible our patients’ right to safe nursing practice and right to health care. Otherwise, more of us will become victims.
HEALTH STUDENTS’ ACTION
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