Ward Class

An Online Resource Site For Student Nurses


Ward Class is an online resource for student nurses. Created with the aim of helping student nurses cope with the demands of nursing school and clinicals, it offers free downloads, notes, sample NCPs, sample drug studies, study aids, news and updates, and practical tips to its users.

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The December 2012 PRC Nursing Board Exam Result is already available here at Ward Class and at Pinoy R.N.

CHED Probibits Opening of New Nursing Schools

The Commission on Higher Education issued CHED CMO No. 32 prohibiting the opening of new nursing schools and likewise banning educational institutions from offering new graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing.

The moratorium on the opening of new undergraduate and graduate nursing programs shall take effect on SY 2011-2012 and shall include all public and private higher education institutions including those granted with autonomous status.  Educational institutions with existing nursing programs are not covered by the moratorium.

The Commission on Higher Education further states in CMO No. 32 that the moratorium on the opening of new nursing schools and nursing graduate and undergraduate programs is based on the excessive number of institutions offering the course and the gradual decline in the performance of nursing graduates in the Nurse Licensure Examination. This, according to CHED, indicates a worsening state of nursing programs in the Philippines.

Other programs covered by the moratorium includes:  Business Administration, Teacher Education, and Hotel and Restaurant Management

Below is the full text of CMO No. 32 courtesy of Pinoy R.N.

CHED Memorandum Order 32 Series of 2010 - www.PinoyRN.co.nr

Full Text of the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) for Download

Thanks to Pinoy R.N, we got hold of a copy of the full text of the Reproductive Health Bill or the RH Bill as it is popularly known.

The Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill)  or the Reproductive Health Act seeks to promote reproductive health, maternal and child health, responsible parenthood, adolescent and youth health, and the utilization of internationally recognized birth control measures as a way of addressing overpopulation in the country.

But the Catholic Church and various pro-life groups have this to say about the RH Bill:  It is pro-abortion and objectively evil.  Many argue that the vague provisions on artificial methods of birth control, sex education, and gender included in the bill will eventually lead to serious social effects.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has been aggressive in opposing the RH Bill.  This past month, sermons discussed the secular stand on RH Bill. CBCP has advised President Aquino to block the bill and even hinted that civil disobedience may be a repercussion if the bill is enacted into law.   

But the President remains clear on his stand on responsible parenthood.  He wants to provide informed choices to parents as far as family planning is concerned.  No directive has been given to the Department of Health to halt the issuance of contraceptives so the DOH  provides contraceptives to those who ask for it.

One of the authors of the RH Bill, Congresssman Edcel Lagman, clarifies that the RH Bill is neither pro-abortion or antilife.  According to him, it is a comprehensive bill based on the government's duty to respect, fulfill, and protect the people's right to health.  It address the country's population problem by providing access and information on natural and modern methods of family planning. In an article he wrote for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the congressman lists the following as the coverage of the RH Bill:

  • Information and access to natural and modern family planning 
  • Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition 
  • Promotion of breast feeding 
  • Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications 
  • Adolescent and youth health 
  • Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs 
  • Elimination of violence against women 
  • Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health 
  • Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers 
  • Male involvement and participation in RH
  • Prevention and treatment of infertility 
  • RH education for the youth
We have read the full text of the RH Bill and while we have an opinion of our own, we also want our readers to read it and perhaps come up with opinions  as informed medical professionals. And while you're at it, try answering the following questions:

Will the RH Bill effectively address this country's problem with population and poverty?
Is it pro-abortion and antilife?
Is the use of contraceptives and modern methods of family planning ethical?

Below is the full text of the RH Bill.  

RH Bill 2010 (Full Text) - SB 2378 - www.PinoyRN.co.nr

Awesome Podcasts for Nurses and Student Nurses

Pinoy R.N. recently published an article recommending 5 podcasts for nurses and student nurses.  I subscribed to the nursing podcasts and true enough, they are as entertaining as much as they are informative.  I loved the topics I have listened to so far.  If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, an Android  phone, Zune or any other MP3 device, I suggest you give nursing podcasts a try.

Nursing podcasts are innovative ways of learning more about nursing concepts and procedures outside the classroom setting.  Geriatric Nursing, for instance, is a well-produced podcast that provides a series of lectures on geriatric nursing.  Topics include assessment of delirium and medication safety, among others.  There are currently 117 episodes available.

Another valuable podcast is The Nursing Show by Jamie Davies.  This nursing podcast is a goldmine as it has over a hundred well-produced episodes offering tips and other information for nurses and student nurses.

Other podcasts included in Pinoy R.N.'s list of nursing podcasts are Mayo Clinic- All Audio Podcast, Johns Hopkins PodMed and Insights in  Nursing.  Read the full article on recommended nursing podcasts for nurses and students nurses at Pinoy R.N.

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