THE city-run University of Makati (UMak) has launched a Japan internship program for nursing students, Mayor Abby Binay has announced.
The UMak program is in partnership with Wakatakedaijukai (Japanese social welfare corporation) and the Asiantouch International Training Institute Inc.
Binay thanked UMak and its partners for the innovative program which provides nursing students an opportunity to advance their skills abroad. At the same time, the students will be able to experience the country and be immersed in Japanese culture.
“I would like to thank UMak and its partners for facilitating this learning program. We already had two nursing students who were sent to Japan last year. We look forward to helping more nursing students and graduates increase their employability,” Mayor Abby said.
According to Dr. Maria Fay Nenette Carriaga, dean of UMak’s College of Allied Health Studies (COAHS) where the Center of Nursing (CON) is housed, Ms. Licca May Andrada and Ms. Cathyrine Ceria, both nursing students in their senior year, were chosen as interns during the pilot implementation of the program.
“Ms. Andrada and Ms. Ceria were sent to Japan last September 5 until November 1 for their internship. They were accompanied by Prof. Cynthia Umila, the clinical chairperson of CON,” Dr. Carriaga said.
“They were chosen among the senior nursing students who have already taken Hospice and Palliative Care (elective course) and are enrolled in Nursing Care Management 106,” Carriaga added.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UMak and its partners for the Japan internship program was signed on April 24. The signatories were Dr. Elyxzur Ramos,
UMak’s vice president for academic affairs, Mr. Kazuo Takeda of Watakedaijukai, and Ms. Ma. Jocelynn Rodriguez of Asian Touch International in Quezon City.
Under the MOU, Wakatakedaijukai will shoulder the internship expenses, including round-trip airfare, meal and accommodation allowances, and a monthly living allowance of 65,000 JPY during the internship proper for each intern.
Wakatakedaijukai will also answer for the training expenses of interns with Asian Touch International where they will undergo a 300-hour Nihonggo and socio-cultural classes before they leave for Japan.
Meanwhile, Mr. Anthony John Domingo, executive director of the university’s CON said that the internship is aimed at helping students increase their knowledge and develop their skills in elderly care.
Domingo said that as interns, nursing students are given the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in the Care of the Elderly Component. They will assist in biopsychosocial support care for patients, provide care and support for people with special needs, and assist in bathing of patients. They will also be given opportunities to assist in safe transport and mobility of patients, apply basic first aid, and respond to emergencies with basic life support.
“We are very grateful for the successful pilot implementation of the internship program. Although right now, the program is still being finalized. We are planning to offer the program for registered nurses, too,” Domingo said.
Professor Rosalie Catanghal, program chair for CON said that under UMak’s current curriculum, a nursing student has to render a total of 2,295 hours internship to graduate.
In June 2018, UMak obtained a 75 percent overall passing rate after 21 of its graduates passed the Nurse Licensure Examination.
UMak COAHS currently offers various undergraduate degrees, namely: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BS Radiologic Technology, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with enhancements in Pharmaceutical Marketing, Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology. COAHS graduate degree programs are Master of Arts in Nursing, Master of Science in Radiologic Technology, and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.