College of Nursing

In 1967, a study entitled Manila - Its Needs and Resources indicated that despite the physical proximity to the people, the 41 health centers under the supervision of Manila Health Department had not gained the people's confidence. In order to resolve this, a community-oriented College of Nursing was established in the summer of 1969. Ms. Valentina Patacsil was appointed as college secretary by former PLM President, Dr. Benito F. Reyes. Under her guidance, 29 students were chosen to be the first nursing scholars of PLM from a long list of prospective nursing students who were enrolled in the 2-year Associate in Arts course.

On July 1, 1969, Mrs. Mary Vita B. Jackson was appointed as its dean. Four years later, 27 of these scholars passed the board examination given on April 1972, one of them, Rosalinda Taguiam Palad, placed 9th. Since then, more PLM graduates have distinguished themselves not only as placers in the nursing board examinations, but more importantly as effective nurse practitioners in the Philippines and abroad. To date, it has produced 188 board topnotchers and board placers.

Nursing students undergo clinical practice at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, and other tertiary level health agencies in Metro Manila. Graduating students are assigned in rural areas and provinces as well.

The Community Immersion Program (CIP) of the College of Nursing provides opportunities for the students to live and work with the less privileged families of these communities. Through these experiences, students are exposed to the realities of life and motivates them to voluntarily work in the aim of helping the people to be more health conscious, socially aware, and self-reliant. At the end, they are given the chance to really feel the pulse of community work.

To be a center for legendary excellence in quality nursing education with caring as the framework in evidence-based practice, producing competent and globally competitive nurses.

To mold and nurture students towards becoming professional nurses who are scientifically informed, technically proficient, socially aware, morally responsible, culturally sensitive and faithfully committed to the total well-being of the global community through a curriculum that takes pride in nursing research and in its tradition of community-based practice.

Core Values
Community service
Academic Excellence
Global Competitiveness

The College of Nursing is guided by the following philosophies:
• Man is a holistic biopsycho-social spiritual being who is constantly spiritual being who is constantly adapting to his internal and external environment to achieve need satisfaction leading to self-wellness.
• Society is composed of individuals, families and groups interacting dynamically to achieve the common goals of wellness and productivity.
• Health and wellness is a holistic approach towards maximizing the individual's potential for self-care, need fulfillment and productivity.
• Nursing is the process of promoting, maintaining, restoring maximum level of wellness, assist the individual towards a peaceful and dignified death.
• Nursing Education is geared towards the development of a well, whole and self-directed professional.
• The Nurse who emerges from the PLM Program is expected to be scientifically informed socially aware, technically competent and committed to the total wellness of the Filipino people.
• The achievement of these goals are facilitated by the role models.