Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) continues to enhance its Nursing Development Program, this time through the recent inauguration of its brand-new Nursing Skills Simulation Laboratory on Aug. 26, Friday.

Present at the event were CSMC’s President and CEO Raul C. Pagdanganan, OTTO Work Force President and Founder Frank van Gool and Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Philippines, Robert van der Hum. Also in attendance were CSMC’s Chief Medical Officer Zenaida Javier-Uy and the rest of the CSMC Senior Management Committee.

The Skills Simulation Laboratory was built with the goal of enhancing the skill set of nurses by giving them simulative and on-ground training provisions that will help in the development of advanced clinical competencies. It is part of CSMC’s ongoing Nursing Development Program.

“[The laboratory] is a great avenue to create a shared culture of learning and development among healthcare professionals,” said Javier-Uy. “We at CSMC are also fortunate to have an industry partner that highly values the joint mission of training globally competitive nurses to expand their credentials and experience.”

“It has been a long time dream of our nurses to have a facility where they can further advance their knowledge and skills. Now, it becomes a reality,” said Macalintal. “[The facility] includes simulated models of the different clinical units to provide more immersive and hands-on learning experiences under a controlled environment.”

This initiative is a hallmark of the hospital’s unwavering commitment to upholding continued professional education, clinical excellence and research. The laboratory will be used for the training of nurses, doctors and allied health professionals to become globally competent healthcare professionals. This will also be complemented by education in the Dutch language and culture, which will help facilitate the circular migration of CSMC nurses to Dutch partner hospitals and back to CSMC.

The establishment of the Skills Simulation Laboratory marks yet another milestone for CSMC, aided and supported by OTTO Work Force.

“CSMC and OTTO share the same values – a similar go-getter approach, and we share the same view of partnership,” said van Gool. “This [partnership] shows a possibility to create a ‘brain gain’ instead of a ‘brain drain’, [through] a program which will result in giving nurses the ability to work abroad and develop themselves professionally.”

“While there are many challenges, we believe that opportunities are boundless if harnessed with the right perspective, the right attitude, and the right partner,” said Pagdanganan. “The inauguration of our Skills Simulation Laboratory today is a fitting tribute to our hospital’s 48th Founding Anniversary being celebrated this month, and we look forward to many more meaningful undertakings [to come].”

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