April 20, 2024

In a bid to improve the quality of instruction to students taking up Nursing, the University of Baguio School of Nursing and Insight Global Health USA signed on Jan. 31 a memorandum of understanding that aims to reinforce the training of students of the university.

Through the partnership, Nursing students of UB will be given access to the latest medical equipment and will be trained on the latest protocols on Nursing care usually implemented in the United States and European countries.

The partnership will be for three years beginning the second semester of academic year of 2024.

Dean Helen Alalag of the School of Nursing said the training is meant to enhance the training of the students which they can apply here or abroad when they start working.

Alalag said while the curriculum of schools of Nursing in the Philippines is aligned with the global curriculum, students sometimes do not have access to the latest medical equipment and laboratories as these are not yet available in any hospitals in the country. Through the signing of the MOU, Alalag said the related learning experience (RLE) of their students is augmented by a global company that is willing to share their expertise.

This intends to prepare nurses for global healthcare and to sustain the “malasakit” that Filipino nurses are known for anywhere in the world, Alalag said.

Faculty members will also be trained by Insight Global, USA, Alalag added.

Department of Migrant Workers Usec. Patricia Yvone Caunan, who was guest of honor and witness to the signing of the MOU, considers the deal a landmark agreement for it helps foster an environment that respects the rights of Filipinos, ensures that nurses are globally competitive, and Filipino nurses are not only contributors to the labor force, but also ambassadors of empowered, well-trained, and respected professionals.

The training of students of Nursing also aims to develop them professionally, personally, and financially, added Insight Global Health Chief Executive Officer Bert Bean.

Signing of the MOU is also a realization of UB’s vision to create a robust academic experience and cultivate a community that thrives on knowledge and collaboration, said Melanie Saro, director of the UB Linkages Office.

The MOU was signed by IGH officials led by President Jessica Calzaretta, Bean and UB officials led by President Javier Herminio Bautista. – Rimaliza A. Opiña