The importance and relevance of healthcare workers' roles in society have become even more apparent now that the world is battling a pandemic. That said, becoming one takes a certain skillset not everyone is equipped with. But if healthcare is something you are personally passionate about, being a doctor or being a nurse are two of the possible professions you can pursue.
If you're interested in the latter, here is a basic rundown of what you'll have to go through to become a registered nurse:
Take up the BSN program in college
After going through senior high school, the next step is to take up Bachelor of Science in Nursing. According to the Commission on Higher Education, the Nursing program is specialized to make sure graduates would be able to use their knowledge of physical, social, natural, and health sciences in the practice of nursing, provide holistic care to individuals using the nursing process, practice nursing while abiding by legal, moral, and ethical principles, among other outcomes.
There are several universities in the country that offer their own Nursing programs, but these are the expected outcomes of the program per year level, as per the Commission on Higher Education's recommendations:
- First year - Learn about basic nursing skills
- Second year - Learn about proper care for mother, newborn child, and adolscents
- Third year - Learn about safe and proper care for individuals, families, or communities with physiologic and psychosocial health problems
- Fourth year - Apply and demonstrate safe and holistic care using the nursing process and assume entry level positions in the various fields of nursing
The curriculum also involves what is called the related learning experience (RLE) which is an experiential teaching process where students develop the necessary competencies in different health situations. It's composed of skills laboratory, where you get to demonstrate the various procedures you've learned, and clinicals, where students get immersed in the hospital or community setting.
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Take the nurse licensure examinations
Once you have completed the four-year bachelor's degree in Nursing, you may opt to pursue higher education through a master's degree or take the nurse licensure examinations to become a registered nurse and start practicing the profession. In order to pass the board exams, Republic Act No. 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 states that the examinee must get a general average of at least 75 percent with a rating of 60 percent or above in any subject. Exam passers will be required to take an oath of profession before being allowed to officially practice.
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