The University of the Philippines College of Nursing (UPCN) was conceived through a thesis presented to the Division of Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, by Ms. Julita V. Sotejo, entitled, “A University School of Nursing in the University of the Philippines." The proposal was approved by the Board of Regents on April 9, 1948, as the University of the Philippines College of Nursing.
The first academic offerings of UPCN in 1948 were the baccalaureate program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for high school graduates, and the Post-Basic Program for nurses who graduated from the three-year Graduate in Nursing (G.N.). In 1955, the Masters program, M.A. (Nursing), was instituted as a thesis course with functional majors in administration, teaching and supervision, and public health. In 1968, the Masters in Nursing (MN) program, a non-thesis course focused on clinical specializations in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing and Community Health Nursing, was added to the graduate program. In response to the constantly changing times and the needs of the profession, Nursing Administration and School Health Nursing were subsequently added to the specialty fields. The doctoral program, Ph.D. (Nursing), was instituted on September 27, 1979.
The BOR, in its 872th meeting in 1972, made a landmark decision to merge the U.P. College of Nursing and UP-PGH School of Nursing into one unit. The approval of the merge was enacted during the 859th meeting of the BOR on April 10, 1975. Consequently, the merge was made official with the signing of E.O 545 by then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos on July 23, 1979.
In 1977 when the Health Sciences Center was created in Manila, the College of Nursing moved out of its place at the first floor of the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City and joined the rest of the health professions in Manila. Today, the College of Nursing is one of the nine degree-granting units of UP Manila.
The College of Nursing was designated World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing Development in Primary Health Care from March 15, 1989 to March 14, 2001. From January 2, 2004 to January 1, 2008, it was designated WHOCC for Leadership in Nursing Development. UPCN is the first and only WHOCC for Nursing in the country and the first in the Western Pacific Region. The College of Nursing is a Center of Excellence for Nursing Education, a designation given by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) since 1997.
The University of the Philippines College of Nursing is the premier nursing school that acts a change agent serving the health needs of the Filipino people, and provides leadership and excellence in nursing development in the global community.
To strengthen the capabilities of its individual members and the society as a while, through relevant education, research, and continuing education and community extension services.
Integrity - We exercise honesty and consistency in all our professional and personal undertakings. We uphold transparency in all levels of governance. -
Nationalism - With a strong sense of pride and history, we commit to be at the forefront in advocating for national health issues whilst considering what is good and beneficial for the Filipino people and country.
Caring - Genuinely care for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, thus we strive to develop their highest potential by providing opportunities for their growth and development and by nurturing positive, health relationship. We are committed to respect human dignity and highest standards of care to ensure safe and quality health service delivery.
Excellence - We make sure that we observe and apply excellence in the areas of: teaching-learning and curriculum development, research and publication, continuing education and extension services, and governance.
Leadership - We constantly endeavor to take the lead in modelling innovations, injecting newness and improvements in nursing policies, education, and practice.
Learning - We shall continuously improve our knowledge and skills towards professional growth, as well as enhance our systems and processes for the provision of quality service to our various publics.
- Lead in the full implementation of outcome-based BSN curriculum using functional integration as framework
- Strengthen the graduate program to prepare nurses for Advanced Practice in Nursing, clinical specialization, and preparation of nurse scientists
- Strengthen the position of the College in building capacities of nursing education and service institutions as well as in influencing nursing policy directions in the country and the region.
- Produce and disseminate quality research that addresses priority nursing and health-related issues and concerns in the country and the region.
- Promote health, wellness, and welfare of the faculty, staff, and students towards improved work efficiency, productivity, and satisfaction.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The BS Nursing (BSN) is a four-year outcome-based, community-oriented, and value-based program. It aims to prepare professional entry-level nurses with the necessary competencies in providing safe, quality, holistic, and compassionate nursing care to individuals, families, population groups, and the community. Through-out the program, there is emphasis in health promotion and disease prevention, as well as curative and rehabilitative interventions across levels of clientele. This is supported by instilling skills in the use of the most efficient technology and best evidence in managing clients.
Aside from preparing graduates as entry-level nursing practitioners, the program also prepares graduates as managers and researchers. There are courses that develop the leadership and management skills of students in the delivery of safe, quality client care, and continuous quality improvement of nursing care and health service. Graduates of the program are also prepared to conduct relevant research that is compliant to technical and ethical guidelines.
The learning environment in the University also prepares our graduates to use effective inter-professional collaboration, teamwork, and community partnerships toward improved health outcomes, client empowerment, and community competences.
Master of Arts (Nursing)
The primary goal of the Master of Arts (Nursing) program is to prepare qualified nurses for advanced practice and leadership in the any of the following major fields:
- Adult Health Nursing
- Community Health Nursing
- Maternal and Child Nursing
- Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
- Nursing Administration
The program highlights the development of competencies of advanced practice nurses in a major field in Nursing through an increased understanding of nursing theories, research principles and methods; a broader understating of a related discipline as further base for specialization in Nursing; and through an intensive practicum in a specific field in Nursing.
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
The PhD in Nursing is a research-intensive degree that aims to strengthen and deepen the intellectual and scholastic capability of students in order to enhance the theory and science-based practice of Nursing. Through a dissertation, students are expected to generate new knowledge that will advance Nursing science.
Research at the College of Nursing highlights its role in developing and advancing nursing science and in influencing policy decisions at all levels of decision-making. The faculty are actively involved in research activities based on the set research agenda of the College. Most of the researches are funded particularly by the Philippine Council of Heart Research and Development, Department of Health, and the UP Manila-National Institutes of Health.
The following are the research areas of the College:
- Non-communicable disease prevention and control - This includes studies on identifying factors influencing compliance, service utilization, management, and effectiveness of intervention such as but not limited to smoking cessation, diabetes education, diet and physical activity strategies. This also includes mental health promotion.
- Care of older persons and those with chronic illness - Concerns with improving support for older persons by establishing evidence on the effectiveness of intervention in the care of the elderly and identifying gaps in services among older persons.
- Women’s health and care of children - This includes studies on preconception care, postpartum care, and the first 1,000 days of the child.
- Nursing education - Studies under this area include impact evaluation of curricular program in Nursing as well as testing effectiveness of teaching-learning methodologies.
- Community health nursing - Concerns with establishing roles of the advanced practice nurses in public health nursing as well as validating indicators for community competence.
- Human resources for health - This includes studies on retention of health workers in rural areas, skill mix in the primary care setting, and work environment of nurses.
Aside from these, the College also conducts researches under its role as a WHO Collaborating Center for Leadership in Nursing Development. Under this role the College spearheads the collection of best practice data on the implementation of inter-professional education among countries in the Western Pacific Region; as well as best practices in the role of nurses in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Through these projects, the College intends to contribute to the thrusts of WHO is disseminating relevant health information on interprofessional education, and prevention and control of NCD.
Continuing Education Programs
The College of Nursing is a continuing education provider accredited by the Philippine Professional Regulatory Board of Nursing. UPCN conducts regular, non-credit programs/courses of varying duration. These are held at different times of the year. Some of the regular seminars and workshops of the College include:
a. Outcome-based BSN Curriculum Development and Instructional Designs [5-10 days]
b.Good Clinical Practice and Health Research Ethics [2 days]
c. Clinical teaching [5-10 days]
d. Health assessment [3-5 days]
e. Nursing process (e.g., care of patients with oxygenation problems, problems on psychosocial adaptation, neuromuscular problems, vulnerable
population groups in the disaster context) [3-5 days]
f. Evidence-based nursing [3-5 days]
g. Transcultural nursing care [3-5 days]
Basic courses on:
- Patient safety and TeamSTEPPS [1-2days]
- Gerontology nursing [4-5 days]
Students at the College of Nursing do not excel only in academics, but they are also involved in a number of extra-curricular activities through participation in college-based student organization.
There are student organizations and activities that shape and develop our students’ wholeness and cultivates spirit of teamwork, camaraderie, and collegiality. These organizations provide opportunity for our students to increase their social consciousness and develop their leadership potential.
- Nursing Student Council (NSC)
- Young Empowered Advocates of Responsive Nursing (YEARN)
- Male Nurses’ Organization (MNO)
- Nursing Artists Corps (NAC)
Aside from these organizations, the student are enjoined to participate in a number of college-wide, student-initiated activities, such as:
- Annual Tea Party- which serves as a welcome to the first year students
- Annual Organization Fair- where various college-based and university-based organizations introduce their thrusts so first years are able to choose which organization to join
- Nursecessism- inter-batch talent competition
- Bakbakan- inter-college sports competition\
- Christmas celebration activities- each batch is assigned to lead a Christmas activity, for example first years are assigned in adopt-a-ward, second years in Christmas tree making, third years for the lantern, and fourth years for the facade
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