UCMed president says it has enough nurses, medical staff to accommodate patients

EDUCATOR Augusto Go announced that the University of Cebu Medical School (UCMed) has enough nurses and medical staff and is always ready to accommodate patients at all times.

The 80-year-old Cebuano businessman, who is also a lawyer, told reporters on Wednesday, January 26, that many hospitals across the country have experienced shortage of nurses and medical staff because they preferred to work abroad for higher take home pay.

But Go said that UCMed had overcome the challenge as it absorbed more than 100 new nursing graduates and registered nurses from the University of Cebu School of Nursing.

The school president also plans to construct additional floors and rooms for UCMed.

"We have now enough nurses to man additional rooms and with the pandemic practically over, we expect more patients to come in and we will not turn them down," Go said.

Go said that this was the result of the realignment of UC Nursing School administrators training programs designed to directly immerse the nursing students into the working culture of the hospital.

These newly hired nurses were a product of the "Study Now, Pay Later" program of Go that offered scholarships to selected nursing graduates.

The hospital shoulders the tuition fee including the expenses in taking up the board examination of the student beneficiaries.

Those who passed the board exam will be hired directly by the hospital with a contract of two years.

Go added the "Study Now, Pay Later" program will continue as this will help the nurses in their search for greener pastures abroad.

In its latest data, UC has almost 3,000 students in its three nursing campuses this semester, of whom more than 300 are set to graduate this May 2023.

A nursing degree in UC costs around P40,000 per semester. (EHP)