TWO NURSING leaders advised College of Nursing (Nursing) graduating students to go beyond basic care, during a seminar at the Medicine Auditorium.

According to Amelia Rosales, a Nursing alumna and the nursing service director of Makati Medical City, nursing students should develop themselves not just as overseas caregivers, but as professional nurses specializing in the different fields of medicine.

“Nursing students are not just about caring for patients but they need professional development in terms of managing people and organizing events, as well,” Rosales said in the seminar “Taking the Next Bold Steps: Visioning and Positioning for Professional Excellence,” last month.

She also emphasized the core values of nursing such as patient care, customer service, and safety.

Meanwhile, Remedios Fernandez, a member of the Board of Nursing, stressed the concept of independent nursing practice, where nurses could establish consultation firms and even prescribe medicines for patients.

“The Board of Nursing is coming up with the clinical specialty program, a new curriculum and certification for nursing students who wish to pursue specialized nursing studies like renal nursing, oncology nursing, maternal and child care, and the like,” Fernandez said.

The seminar, organized by the Nursing Student Council, was also participated in by nursing students from the Far Eastern University, Centro Escolar University, Family Clinic College, St. Paul College Manila, and University of Perpetual Help Manila. Jianne dL. Yamzon

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