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Republic of the Philippines Office of the President Commission on Higher Education

Republic of the Philippines Office of the President Commission on Higher Education

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Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT COMMISSION ON HIGHEREDUCATIONCHED MEMORANDUM ORDER (CMO) No. 14 Series of 2009SUBJECT:POLICIES AND STANDARDS FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN)PROGRAMIn accordance with pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwiseknown as the Higher Education Act of 1994 and pursuant to Commission en BancResolution No. 170 dated April 19, 2009, and for the purpose of rationalizing NursingEducation in the country to provide relevant and quality health services locally andinternationally, the following policies and standards for Bachelor of Science inNursing (BSN) program are hereby adopted and promulgated by the Commission.ARTICLE I INTRODUCTION Section 1. A person is a unique bio-psycho-socio-culturaland spiritual being who is always in constant interaction with the environment. These interactions affect individuals, families, population groups and societal healthstatus. The nurse assumes the caring role in the promotion and restoration of health, prevention of diseases, alleviation of suffering and, when recovery is notpossible, in assisting patients towards a peaceful death. The nurse also collaborateswith other members of the health team and other sectors to achieve qualityhealthcare. Moreover, the nurse works with individuals, families, population groups,communities and society, as a whole, in ensuring active participation in the deliveryof holistic healthcare. Within the context of Philippine society, nursing education,with caring as its foundation, subscribes to the following core values which are vitalcomponents in the development of a professional nurse and are thereforeemphasized in the BSN program: 1.1 Love of God 1.2 Caring as the core of nursinga. Compassion b. Competence c. Confidence d. Conscience e. Commitment(commitment to a culture of excellence, discipline, integrity and professionalism)1.3 Love of People 1
a. Respect for the dignity of each person regardless of creed, color, gender andpolitical affiliation. 1.4 Love of Country .a Patriotism (Civic duty, social responsibilityand good governance) .b Preservation and enrichment of the environment andculture heritage A strong liberal arts and sciences education with a transdisciplinaryapproach, enhances this core values. The BSN program therefore, aims to prepare anurse, who, upon completion of the program, demonstrates beginning professionalcompetencies and shall continue to assume responsibility for professionaldevelopment and utilizes research findings in the practice of the profession. Thefollowing are the Key Areas of Responsibility for which a nurse should demonstratecompetence in: 1. Safe and quality nursing care 2. Management of resources andenvironment 3. Health education 4. Legal responsibility 5. Ethico-moralresponsibility 6. Personal and professional development 7. Quality improvement 8.Research 9. Record Management 10. Communication 11. Collaboration andteamworkARTICLE II AUTHORITY TO OPERATE Section 2. All private higher educationinstitutions (PHEIs) intending to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programmust first secure proper authority from the Commission in accordance with existingrules and regulations. State universities and colleges (SUCs) and local colleges anduniversities (LCUs) should strictly adhere to the provisions of these policies andstandards. The BSN program shall be offered by HEIs with strong liberal artseducation, offering at least six (6) baccalaureate programs, preferably in auniversity-based setting. In the case of colleges and universities with less than six(6) baccalaureate program offerings, a Memorandum of Agreement [MOA] shall beentered between and among higher education institutions with strong liberal artseducation [e.g. AB Psychology, BS Biology, AB English, BS Engineering, BS Math, BSEconomics] or hire qualified faculty to teach the General Education courses.ARTICLE III PROGRAM SPECIFICATIONS 2
Section 3. Degree Name. The degree name shall be Bachelor of Science in Nursing(BSN). To ensure the quality of the nursing graduate, the degree is conferred uponcompletion of at least fouryear BSN program offered by a college or university dulyrecognized by the Commission on Higher Education. Section 4. Program Description. The BSN is a four-year program consisting of general education and professionalcourses. Professional courses begin in the first year and threads through thedevelopment of competencies up to the fourth year level. The BSN programprovides an intensive nursing practicum that will refine clinical skills from the firstyear level to ensure basic clinical competencies required of a beginning nursepractitioner. 4.1 Objective: The BSN program aims to produce a fully functioningnurse who is able to perform the competencies under each of the Key Areas of Responsibility as enumerated in Article IV Section 5 herein. 4.2 SpecificCareers/Professions/Occupations. Graduates of this program as beginning nursepractitioner may pursue the following career paths but not limited to: a. ClinicalNursing b. Community Health Nursing c. Private-duty Nursing d. OccupationalHealth Nursing e. School Nursing f. Military Nursing g. Health Education h. Researchi. Entrepreneurship 4.3 Allied Programs. The BSN program is allied to the followinghealth related programs: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. l. Medicine Dentistry OptometryPhysical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Pharmacy Public Health Medical TechnologyRadiologic Technology Respiratory Therapy Nutrition and Dietetics Midwifery SpeechPathology ARTICLE IV 3

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