BOARD OF TRUSTEES BEEFS UP NURSING FACULTYPosted July 24, 2008
THE BOARD of Trustees of Arellano University has bolstered the academic staff in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the nursing department with the appointment of Dr. Remedios L. Fernandez as the dean of the Graduate School of Nursing and Mr. Roberto C. Sombillo as the dean of the College of Nursing on the main campus of the university on Legarda in Manila.
The Board has also approved the appointment of Edgar R. Ferrer, a BSN alumnus of Arellano and an MBA graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University, to the position of assistant dean in the College of Nursing. Mr. Ferrer graduated from Arellano in 1980 and is a registered nurse. He earned his master's degree in Business Administration in 2001, with a silver medal award for academic excellence. Currently, he is working on his thesis for a master's degree in Nursing at the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas.
Dean Remedios L. Fernandez
DEAN FERNANDEZ brings to her job at Arellano broad experience in higher education and the health care profession. She specialized in educational administration and holds a doctoral degree in Education for it. Her competent service in the administration of both academic programs and health care merited for her membership for life in three prestigious organizations in the country, such as the Philippine Nurses Association, the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing, and the University of the Philippines-Manila Alumni Association. In 1999, she was appointed to a seat in the Board of Nursing of the Professional Regulation Commission. She served in the Board until 2007.
Dr. Fernandez is a top-caliber registered nurse (seventh in the topnotchers' list of the licensure exams for nurses in 1969) and a registered midwife (fourth placer in the licensure exams for midwives in 1981).
Among here awards and citations are the "1966 Anastacia Giron Tupas Award" from the Philippine Nurses Association, the APSOM award for "Ten Outstanding Midwives of 1994," and the "Outstanding Alumni in Nursing Education Award of 2000" and "Outstanding Alumni in Nurse Administration Award of 2002," both from the U.P. College of Nursing Alumni Association.
She has also served as the in-country representative of the Johns Hopkins Program on Inter-nation Education in Reproductive Health and project director of the APSOM-JHPIEGO Project.
She spent 16 years early in her career with the Martinez Memorial Colleges in Caloocan City where she was the vice president for academic affairs from 1989 to 1998 and dean for the College of Nursing from 1979-1989. Before this, she was the dean of the College of Nursing at the Lucena Medical Center and Educational Institution (1976-1979). She also served as assistant principal for the School of Midwifery of the University of Northeastern Philippines in Iriga City (1973-1976) and officer-in-charge of the same institution's College of Nursing (1971-1972).
Dean Roberto C. Sombillo
BEFORE HIS appointment at Arellano University, Dean Sombillo was the dean of the College of Nursing at St. Jude College in Sampaloc, Manila. He served the school in that capacity for three years. He is also a registered nurse and a registered midwife.
Dean Sombillo earned his BSN degree as a scholar and graduated cum laude in 1989 from the Martinez Memorial Colleges in Caloocan City, with awards for "Clinical Proficiency" and "Excellence in Attendance." In 1999, he earned his Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Human Resources Center, Department of Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University. In 2004, he graduated (with distinction) with the degree of Master of Arts in Nursing from the Institute for Nursing Development of the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City.
Like Dean Fernandez, he has had experience in running a School of Midwifery and a College of Nursing. In November 1992, he joined the faculty of the College of Nursing at United Doctors Medical Center and was designated as Level Coordinator. He held that job for seven months. From this post, he rose to the position of assistant to the dean in the same college and acted in concurrent capacity as officer-in-charge of the School of Midwifery. He held both posts for four months in the first semester of 1993.
Before working with UDMC, he taught in the College of Nursing of Nazarenus College Foundation in Bulacan (1992-1992). Prior to this, he was a staff nurse (1989-1991) in the Medical Surgical Unit of the Martinez Memorial Hospital before he transferred to the College of Nursing at the Martinez Memorial Colleges as clinical instructor (1990-1992).
Dean Sombillo's work experience and employment record show a good foundation for guiding young nurses who wish to work abroad. In 1996, he left the country for a job in Bahrain, where he was an OFW for seven years. His first job in Bahrain was that of a patient-educator at the Dr. Tariq Saeed Medical Center Al Khaleej Polyclinic. After six months, he joined the Bahrain Defence Force School of Medical Services as a nurse-tutor, a job he held for almost seven years. Back in the country after his stint abroad, he taught for about a year in the College of Nursing of Southeast Asian College in Quezon City before moving to ADD International in Makati as nurse interviewer for three months. In 2001, he joined the faculty of St. Jude's College of Nursing as level coordinator. He taught in the college for about two years, then, moved on to STI-Universal Worker, Inc as program manager for its Review Center for CGFNS/NCLEX and the local Board exams. In 2004, he was back at St. Jude College as dean of Nursing.
Dean Sombillo has attended several international conferences on developments in nursing and midwifery, as well as numerous local seminars and workshops. He has likewise devised a number of training programs in nursing education and other fields.
He is a member of the Integrated Registered Nurses of the Philippines, the Philippine Nurses Association (member of the Board of Directors of the Zone 1 chapter), and the Bahrain Society for Training and Development.