Document for Public Consultation Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION
CHED MEMORANDUM ORDER (CMO) No. ___ Series of 2009
POLICIES AND STANDARDS FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) PROGRAM
In accordance with pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994 and pursuant to Commission en Banc Resolution No. __ dated March __, 2009 and for the purpose of rationalizing Nursing Education in the country in order to provide relevant and quality health services locally and internationally, the following policies and standards for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are hereby adopted and promulgated by the Commission. ARTICLE I INTRODUCTION Section 1. A person is a unique bio-psycho-socio-cultural and spiritual being, always in constant interaction with the environment. These interactions affect individuals, families, population groups and societal health status. The nurse assumes the caring role in the promotion of health, prevention of diseases, restoration of health, alleviation of suffering and, when recovery is not possible, in assisting patients towards peaceful death. The nurse collaborates with other members of the health team and other sectors to achieve quality healthcare. Moreover, the nurse works with the individuals, families, population groups, community and society in ensuring active participation in the delivery of holistic healthcare. Within the context of the Philippine society, nursing education with caring as its foundation, subscribes to the following core values which are vital components in the development of a professional nurse and are emphasized in the BSN program: 1.1 1.2 Love of God Caring as the core of nursing a. Compassion b. Competence c. Confidence d. Conscience e. Commitment (commitment to a culture of excellence, discipline, integrity and professionalism) 1
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1.3 Love of People a. Respect for the dignity of each person regardless of creed, color, gender and political affiliation. 1.4 Love of Country .a Patriotism (Civic duty, social responsibility and good governance) .b Preservation and enrichment of the environment and culture heritage A strong liberal arts and sciences education with a transdisciplinary approach, enhances this belief. The BSN program therefore, aims to prepare a nurse who, upon completion of the program, demonstrates beginning professional competencies and shall continue to assume responsibility for professional development and utilizes research findings in the practice of the profession. The following are the Key Areas of Responsibility for which the nurse should demonstrate competence: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Safe and quality nursing care Management of resources and environment Health education Legal responsibility Ethico-moral responsibility Personal and professional development Quality improvement Research Record Management 10. Communication 11. Collaboration and teamwork
ARTICLE II AUTHORITY TO OPERATE Section 2. All private higher education institutions (PHEIs) intending to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must first secure proper authority from the Commission in accordance with existing rules and regulations. State universities and colleges (SUCs) and local colleges and universities (LCUs) should strictly adhere to the provisions of these policies and standards. The BSN program should be offered by HEIs with strong liberal arts education, offering at least six (6) baccalaureate programs, preferably in a university-based setting. In the case of colleges and universities with less than six (6) baccalaureate program offerings, a Memorandum of Agreement [MOA] shall be entered between and among higher education institutions with strong liberal arts education [e.g. BS Math, AB Psychology, BS Biology, AB English, BS Engineering, BS Economics] or hire qualified faculty to teach the...
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