This is a laudable effort on the part of CHED and the members of the Technical Committee on Nursing Education as the new BSN Curriculum is undeniably more focused and well-constructed compared to the old one (of which this blogger was a product of).
But the question is, what's in it for nursing students? Since we did a quick comparison of the new curriculum with its predecessor, the following changes were noted:
- Addition of Theoretical Foundations In Nursing as a new subject. This is a very good preparation for the nurse licensure examination. Students won't have to cram lots of information on the nursing theories and respective proponents when they review for the boards. Fifty-four (54) lecture hours will be spent on discussing the contributions of 22 nursing theorists (some names I don't even recognize) on their first semester. Imagine that!
- The course name for NCM 100 is no longer Foundations of Nursing but Fundamentals of Nursing Practice. Furthermore, it will no longer be limited to the discussion of Nursing as a Profession, Science, and Art. NCM 100 will cover among others:
- history of nursing, growth of professionalism
- overview of professional nursing practice including Benner's level of proficiency, roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse, RA 9173, nursing ethics, and legal concepts in nursing
- fields of nursing
- communication skills
- nursing process
- health and illness
- basic nursing interventions
- meeting needs related to grief and dying
- Health Assessment. Thirty-six (36) lecture hours and fifty-one (51) laboratory hours will be spent going over topics such as health history taking and functional assessments using APGAR, MDSI, and other indexes. Review of systems, conducting PE, assessment during pregnancy, and patient education will also be covered. This is a very good preparation for Maternal and Child Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing.
- Community Health Nursing as a stand-alone subject. Students will spend the whole semester covering topics such as the DOH Public Health Programs, community development, and theories of health promotion among others.
- The inclusion of Diet Therapy in Nutrition. Nutrition as a nursing subject will no longer be Basic Nutrition and Dietetics. It will be aptly called Nutrition with Diet Therapy. This is a solid move to better equip students on the essentials of providing appropriate health teachings to their clients. The course outline on NuDiet is very specific, basics of nutrition as well as the dietary management of medical conditions and tube feedings will be covered.
- Nursing Informatics. We are not sure if this is a replacement for basic computer education subjects but assuming it is, this is one bold move on the part of the Technical Committee on Nursing Education. Basing on the course outline, it will cover theories on nursing informatics, application of informatics in nursing practice and research, and the different international perspectives. Students will also be introduced to the use of PDA and other wireless devices-- true Techie Nurses of the 21st Century!
- Addition of Competency Appraisal Subjects (CA 1 and 2). These subjects cover the core competencies under the 11 areas of responsibility and different nursing scenarios integrating learnings previously acquired.
- NCM 106 and NCM 107. You guessed it right. The nursing curriculum doesn't end at NCM 105. The new BSN curriculum gives special attention to specific areas. Psychiatric Nursing and care of clients with exception and coordination problems are covered in NCM 104 and no longer lumped with other topics. NCM 106 covers cellular aberrations, acute biologic crisis, problems in inflammatory and immunologic reactions, and emergency and disaster nursing. Whereas in the old curriculum Nursing Leadership and Management was NCM 105, it will be NCM 107 effective June 2008.
- Biochem. After General Chemistry, nursing students will have to take Biochem. Do I hear protests?:)
- Increase in the number of RLE contact hours.
Full Text of CHED Order No. 5, series of 2008