i do understand her position. i see where she is coming from. but I DO NOT AGREE WITH HERE. YOU CANNOT SAY "DO NOT ACCEPT NEW GRADS" and generalize everyone in one incompetent category.
may i make a few comments:
-- let us not forget that the hospital setup and practice in this country is different from the western practice
-- u are lucky to sustain a job for 2 years for 2 reasons - bec there are not enough nursing jobs
, depspite the so called drain, due to bureaucracy and cost cutting from the national and local governments. even if we lack nurses, the govt wont hire. and bec the pay is so low that u cant live off nurses salaries
-- the role of the PRC and PNA is to monitor these schools
and make sure to close all schools that do not meet their standards. come on, we all know those schools that are open solely for money making, yet they are still open. i refuse to believe that members of the PRC/PNA dont know who these schools are.
- the local boards are a farce. even though less than 50% pass, the questions given could be answered by people who didnt even study nursing. most were morality questions that required biased answers. they try to avoid medical questions bec they dont want doctors to top the exam. so what? what is important is that they ask the right questions and filter the graduates.
to issue a statement saying that the last board exams should be null/void is a given. the only way the students can redeem themselves is by taking it again, regardless of whose fault it is.
however, that new grads should not be hired is an irresponsible statement, coming from the dean of the country's premier unviersity (UP). does she even believe that new nursing graduates from UP are incompetent?
when i graduated i never thought i couldnt handle a nurses job. i new i needed more training as i only had a moderate amount of hands on experience. but i always knew i could do it. even as a new grad. and i know it goes the same to other new grads. in any hospital in the world, a nurse, regardless of experience, should still be evaluated on the first week or month on the job to make sure he/she knows what he/she is doing.
if you want redemption, then:
-- close all schools that are below standard
-- format the board exams in such a way that you know competency is tested and not moral judgements
-- do the retake of the june 2006 exam asap
-- in exchange for 4 years of tuition, require all state and public medical schools to require a mandatory 2-year post-grad service to public hospitals and institutions to solve your brain drain. this includes all health related courses. state and public medical schools produce the best health professionals, this move alone should increase the quality of care patients recieve.
the statement only aggravates the situation. the dean should recheck her equation bec her solution is wrong.