Nurse Course and Career Info Description
To be a nurse, you need to take up B.S. in Nursing. This is a four-year college course that will teach you about the human body, introducing you to how the body works, its different organ systems, the diseases that can affect the human body, and its treatment and preventive methods. In addition to this, B.S. in Nursing also teaches you about nursing fundamentals – how to care for your patients, how to maintain health, and how to respond to medical emergencies. Before you can practice nursing, you need to pass the licensure examination by the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission).
Cost of Education:
For the full four-year course, you need to prepare at least $145,000 to P400,000 if you’re going to enroll in a private institution. If you’re going to enroll in a public one, it will cost you only about P50,000 for the whole four years.
Top Universities for Course:
- Saint Paul University in Iloilo
- University of the Philippines – Manila
- Negros Oriental State University in Dumaguete
- Saint Louis University
- West Visayas state University
- Trinity University of Asia
- Saint Paul University in Dumaguete
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Course Skills and Factors
- Physically and mentally fit
- Service oriented and sensitive to patients’ needs
- Genuine desire to help sick people
- Compassionate and understanding
- Respectful and diligent
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Analytical skills
- Good knowledge of the profession
- Good reading comprehension
- Ability to effectively get information across
- The main responsibility of a nurse is to provide care and assistance to patients, taking into consideration their health and safety. The nurse is also responsible for giving the patient his medications, monitoring his vital signs, and performing other duties prescribed by doctors. Other duties include making detailed reports of the treatment and procedures, assisting the doctors in the operating theatre, and providing professional nursing assistance and care to ill patients.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are always hiring nurses from the Philippines. At present, the government is negotiating with other countries like Italy, Cyprus, as well Slovenia and Japan to open its doors for Filipino nurses.
Entry-level nurses usually earn P6,000 (rural areas) to P8,000 (urban areas). If you work for a private hospital, starting salary is usually P12,000. However, if you go abroad, starting salary is usually about $4,000 (US) and $700 to $1,500 (Middle East).
Opportunities for Advancement:
From entry-level nurse, you could advance your career and become a clinical nurse specialist. You could even become a nurse practitioner, nurse consultant, nurse researcher, or even a professor in a university.