On Cynthia Villar’s View About the ‘Nursing Education’

I was browsing FB when I saw a repost of a teacher from my High School Alma Mater. It was about Cynthia Villar and her view about closing the nursing schools and the owners. So here’s the transcript of the video.

Winnie Monsod:
Nung kayo po ay nasa Kongreso, Kayo ay naging chaiman ng Committee on education, at noong panahon na iyon, 2005-2006, nagkaroon ng malaking kontrobersya, kasi yung Comission on highed education gustong isara ang 23 nursing schools sapagkat ang dami dami nilang walang kalidad, at tsaka nasasayang lang yung pera ng mga nursing students tapos hindi sila makapasa ng professional regulatory exam or yung tinatawag na NCLEX. Nung ginawa ito ng CHED, mukhang nag-intervene po ang kongreso, sa iyo, yung committee on education at humihingi kayo ng dialogue. Ang bottom line, is that walang nasara na eskwela. And as a result,nag-resign po si Chairman Fr. Rolando Dela Rosa, nag-resign ang buong technical committee on nursing education. Ngayon, ang question ko, it seems nag-side po kayo sa side ng business, sa mga owners ng school. At tsaka hindi niyo pinakinggan yung mga kailangan magawa para sa mga nursing students na nawalan na ng pera, hindi naman sila pwedeng pumasa. Now how, Cong.Villar, can you reconcile itong parang seeming disconnect between yung desire ninyo to help the poor at tsaka yung pagpanig niyo sa mga owners ng mga educational institutions na gustong isara ng technical nursing committee at tsaka yung CHED?

Cynthia Villar:
Maraming salamat mareng winnie i want to explain that situation to you, hindi naman ganoon ang istorya noon. Ang nangyari noon, binigyan nila ng permit yung mga schools to open, ng CHED. Tapos gusto nila ipasara, nakapag-invest na yung mga may-ari ng schools sa mga kanilang facilities. And then, sinasabi nila na kaya daw nila gustong ipasara dahil walang tertiary hospital, kasi sa mga nursing school to, na where they can train. Ang sinasabi namin noon, hindi naman po kami kumokontra sa CHED, ang sinasabi namain, kasi tinignan namin yung syllabus, yung mga courses na kunin nila, and then nakita namin na after lang, sa third year kailangan nila yung tertiary hospital so ni-request namin na hindi nalang ipasara yung pre-nursing, yung first two years. (end of timer)

Winnie Monsod:
Follow-up question nalang po ano, ha? Ay kung ganoon pala ang istorya, bakit bumaba pa ang mga nurses na-employ sa abroad, kasi hindi sila qualified? In other words, if it’s only a matter of investment, bakit po hindi sila ma-employ employ? At bakit po nag-resign ang technichal nursing education committee, at tsaka nag-resign after only 7 months in office? Do you think they just did not understand?

Cynthia Villar:
No, yung pag-reresign po ni father is a personal quarrel with the owner of a school. Medyo personal po yun. Pero yung amin po, ay sinasabi po namin sa kanila na actually, HINDI NAMAN KAILANGAN ANG NURSE AY MATAPOS NG BSN, kasi itong ating mga nurses, GUSTO LANG NILA MAGING “ROOM NURSE.” Sa America or sa other countries, ano lang sila, YUNG PARANG MANG-AALAGA. HINDI NAMAN SILA KAILANGAN GANOON KAGALING. kasi sa ibang country (end of timer)

“Pagsubok ng mga Kandidato-Part 2”
Airing Date: February 23, 2013
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I actually did not understand if she has the proper view about Nursing education. First of all, to be a nurse, you need to be a BSN graduate. Kaya nga ginawa ang BSN curriculum diba, para makapag-produce ng Nursing graduates. The BSN curriculum must be finished so that a person can be formed and be well-educated about how Nursing works. Nursing is not just giving medication or gawin lang na maid ng mga patients, they are there to take care of the patient. To give a HOLISTIC CARE to the patient.

When she said that Nurses need not graduate Nursing, I FLIPPED OUT! Doesn’t she know the hardships that Nurses have undergone just for them to get to their current status? Doesn’t she know that four years is needed just for a nurse to give a holistic care? Hindi kailangang grumadweyt? Example, I’m currently in my second year of Nursing education and suppose that I would just drop out of school and just try to ‘work as a nurse’, will that make sense? All  I know are the concepts on Maternal and Child and basic things that ALL NURSES should know. I don’t even know how to cope up with ER yet or how to take care of a client in the surgical ward. Those things would be tackled on THIRD and FOURTH YEAR! Do you expect me to learn that all by myself?

“GUSTO LANG NILANG MAGING ROOM NURSE”. Double flip the table. Does she means PRIVATE NURSE? FYI, there are lots of things that Student Nurses and Nurses wants to attain and not just be a Private Nurse, or in Mrs. Villar’s words, ROOM NURSE! Many wants to be a NURSE ANESTHETIST, some wants to be a forensic nurse, some wants to be a nurse volunteer and yet some wants to be a NURSE RESEARCHER. Some take up Nursing as their premed course. There are lots of things that many SNs and Nurses wants and not just be a private nurse. Yes, you can gain lots of money from it because the pay is usually pretty good, but not all works that way. Some just want to serve, be paid, and be happy.

And to take care of a patient, I can really say that the four years is necessary. You can never take care of a patient effectively is you don’t even know how to. Kung ganyan lang pala eh, Nurse na tayong lahat. We can all give tepid sponge bath, we can all just clean wounds, but not all of us knows the science behind it and how to PROPERLY do it.

It’s an insult to the nursing community when she said  “Sa America or sa other countries, ano lang sila, YUNG PARANG MANG-AALAGA. HINDI NAMAN SILA KAILANGAN GANOON KAGALING. kasi sa ibang country…”. Anyone who have taken up nursing, a nursing graduate or a current SN can see my point why her words have hit a nerve. We take care of people. Hindi basta-basta mag-take care ng tao. If you don’t see my point, take up Nursing.


One thought on “On Cynthia Villar’s View About the ‘Nursing Education’

  1. It’s frustrating to see people comment on a profession with no real understanding of how demanding the job can be. Nurses are a special brand of people, and in my opinion are the unsung heroes of healthcare!

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