Dubbed as the fastest and easiest way to go abroad, some nursing schools have been quick to cash in on the latest trend to hit nursing education.
"It’s a dead end program because there is no local demand and no foreign demand for it," said University of the Philippines (UP) College of Nursing Dean Josefina Tuazon at a PNA press conference in Malate, Manila.
Tuazon added, "Why not maximize the nurses we have? We have nurses who have not passed yet. What's the point of creating another layer or category of nurses?"
The nursing group also related the bad experiences of two new Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) graduates who were not able to find jobs in the United States, contrary to the promises of practical nursing schools in the country.
Currently, a proposal is being evaluated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) formalizing these courses through a ladderization of the nursing curriculum where students can enroll for a shorter course and graduate as practical nurses or continue schooling for a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree en route to becoming a full-pledged registered nurse (RN).