Bill proposes nursing scholarship

September 6, 2023 PS Jun M. Sarmiento 172 views

A BILL providing scholarships to deserving nursing students and a return service program, on top of their mandatory internship program filed by Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada was approved by a Senate panel.

“Para sa mga nagnanais na makapagtapos ng kursong nursing ngunit wala silang pangtustos, ito na ang magiging kasagutan sa kanilang alalahanin sa gastusin. Kapalit ng scholarship grant ay ang paninilbihan nila sa kanilang pinagmulang bayan o probinsya,” Estrada said referring to Senate Bill No. 2342 or the proposed “Nars Para Sa Bayan Act.”

Estrada welcomed the move of Senator Francis Escudero, chair of Committee on Higher, Technical and Vocational Education, for approving the bill in Monday’s committee hearing.

The proposed Nursing Scholarship and Return Service Program (NSRS) provides financial assistance to deserving students in state universities and colleges (SUCs) or partner private higher education institutions (HEIs) in regions where there are no SUCs offering nursing courses.

The NSRS will cover various expenses related to nursing education including tuition, school fees, book and supply allowances, uniform fees, dormitory and transportation expenses.

The NSRS will also provide financial assistance for nursing board review fees, licensure fees, and internship fees, as well as annual medical insurance and other miscellaneous education-related living expenses.

Under the program, students enrolled in the nursing course must carry a full load of subjects every semester and complete the program within the designated time frame set by the SUC or the PHEI.

The scholars are required to take the board examination one year after finishing the mandatory internship program and fulfill the return service as indicated in the proposed bill.