Ms. Rovie V. Gonzales, Faculty of the Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences (INHE) led eight Level IV students in attending the Student Congress of Region IV A and B at the Batis Aramin Resort, Barrio Malupak, Lucban, Quezon. The students who attended the congress are Dhonna May G. Ajoc, Glyneth Joy A. Francia, Glaiza Marie D. Gonzales, Jona R. Gutierrez, Ginalyn T. Granil, Merry Jean O. Tawagon, and Amira S. Zipagan.
The theme of the congress was “Moving Forward to High Levels of Nursing and Midwifery Competencies.”
The objectives of the congress were the following:
1. To further level up student nurses’ and midwives’ competencies and competencies and commitment to the health care profession
2. To enhance the strategies of our colleges in attaining high percentage in the licensure examinations
3. To foster values and desired qualities of Filipinos in all aspects of nursing and midwifery practices
The issues and discussions centered on the following concerns:
1. The Nursing Licensure Examination System and the Midwifery Licensure Examination, specifically, preserving the integrity of the licensure examinations and the coverage of the system (application, Test Question Databank System (TQDS), administration of the exams, correction, and release of the exam results).
2. The Competency Based Test Framework, specifically, the key areas of responsibilities such as patient care competencies, empowerment, and enhancement
3. Nursing Process for Licensure Examinations Across the Lifespan, including individuals, families, groups, and communities in varied settings
4. Aspects of Nursing Care: preventive, promotive, curative, and rehabilitative
5. Challenges to Faculty: give assessment examinations before students move to their next year level and assess students’ integration of the nursing process in the classroom and in the clinical set-up.
The participants in this congress promised to apply the knowledge gained in promoting and applying competency-based lectures (faculty) and learning (students). They also presented these learning points during the monthly faculty meeting in January 2014.
(Written by Dr Paz H Diaz, VP Academics, with notes from the report submitted by Dean Concesa V. Oandasan, RN, Ph.D.)