“We are not makers of history, we are made by history ” -Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.
History of the College of Nursing
For so many years, the NEUST officials, particularly its president, Dr. Gemiliano C. Calling, concerned private medical practitioners and elected officials of the province of Nueva Ecija, both congressional and provincial levels, have dreamt of providing quality medical education and allied health science courses for the youth of the province chiefly catering to the lowest income sector of the society. This dream did not remain a dream. NEUST started to open the College of Health and Sciences (CHS) in the Academic Year 2004-2005.
The offering of BS in Nursing program was approved in principle by the Board of Regents on December 2, 2004.
Commitment of support came from the Nueva Ecija Medical Society (NEMS) headed by Dr. Anette Bautista, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) Governor Dr. Edwin Argonza, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bienvenido De Guzman, Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecologic Society (POGS) Central Luzon Representative Dr. Concepcion Argonza, Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) Governor Mrs. Nilda B. Pascual and prominent medical practitioners, medical and nursing personnel from Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center (PJGMRMC) headed by Dr. Huberto F. Lapuz. The Memorandum of Agreement between Dr. PJGMRMC and NEUST represented by Dr. Huberto F. Lapuz, Hospital Director, and Gemiliano C. Calling, President of the University, respectively, was signed on February 13, 2014.
As a start, CHS offered Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Dr. Margarita Belinda V. Gamilla as the first Dean of the College in 2004-2005, CHS aimed to provide its students’ holistic development producing quality graduates who are service-oriented to mankind especially to their countrymen.
The College of Health and Sciences was converted into College of Nursing by virtue of Board Resolution No. 82, s. 2006 which was signed on September 7, 2006 during the leadership of Mrs. Vilma E. Cordova, the second Dean of the College. In 2006 until 2016 the baton of leadership was turned over to Dr. Eppie DC. Bugarin. At present, the College of Nursing is under the leadership of Dr. Jean N. Guillasper, the former Level III, CHN, Research, Extension and Training Coordinator of the College of Nursing.