NONESCOST Board Okays School of Nursing 

It's finally settled - Northern Negros will have a school of nursing.

Voting unanimously following a two-sided discussion on the NONESCOST proposal to open a school of nursing, the NONESCOST Board of Trustees gave President Dr. Rogelio T. Artajo the go-ahead signal to start the classes in June 2005. The Board's decision was reached on the second of two meetings in which the matter was discussed, held at the Western Visayas State College of Science and Technology, Iloilo City last December 28. 

To be offered along with nursing are short-term certificate courses in midwifery, caregiver and nursing aid. 

A joint venture by the Provincial Government and NONESCOST, the school will be the only school of nursing in Northern Negros and the only government-owned school of nursing in the entire province. 

Negros Occidental Governor, Joseph Maranon, expressed satisfaction at the Board's decision, saying it will give thousands of students in Northern Negros Occidental a chance to pursue the nursing career at almost half the cost of schooling in schools in the more distant cities. Nurses are in short supply in rural Negros and in the continuing demand abroad. The school of nursing is the brainchild of the Governor, on whose initiative a partnership between the provincial government and NONESCOST was arranged to establish the school. 

High school graduates in Northern Negros, including Escalante will be able to pursue the nursing course at the Cadiz District Hospital (formerly, St. Anne's Hospital) in Cadiz City. 

A pre-condition set by Governor Joseph Maranon in agreeing to the partnership with NONESCOST is that all measures should be taken to guarantee students a high quality education. According to plans discussed by Provincial Economic Head, Atty. Japhet Masculino, and NONESCOST President Dr. Rogelio Artajo, quality is to be achieved through strict screening admission procedures, hiring of a highly qualified faculty and by providing the school with adequate and up-to-date facilities.

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