Pinoys Help Train Cambodian Nurses

2015-0314 Pinoys Help Train Cambodian Nurses

MANILA, Philippines – A group of Cambodian nurses last month completed their training conducted at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Nursing.

The first batch under the Cambodia Nurse Bridging Program (CNBP) comprised of 29 members of the nursing faculty of Cambodia’s University of Health Sciences (UHS) and the regional training centers from the four Cambodian provinces of Battambang, Kampot, Kampong Chang, and Steung Tren.

The Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh Chargé d’ Affaires Myca Fischer said the CNBP provided indispensable technical support for the upgrading of the Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Cambodia.

The CNBP is a two-year in-country capacity-building program that was launched on February 19, 2013, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UHS and UP Manila. Australia, through the World Health Organization, provided funding support.

UHS Rector Professor Saphonn Vonthanak thanked UP Manila for its excellence in conducting the bridging program and expressed the hope that this would not be the first and last nurse bridging program the Philippines will conduct.

He asked the Philippines’ help in UHS’ ultimate goal of establishing Cambodia’s first college of nursing, which will greatly contribute to the professionalization of nursing in Cambodia.

In her keynote address, UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Carmencita Padilla noted that the CNBP advanced the education of Cambodian nurses through a competency-based and community-oriented curriculum.

She encouraged the graduates of the program to serve as “the ‘bridge’ for future Cambodian nurses to be molded as nurses able to care for individuals, families, population groups, and communities in all settings.”


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