USI College of Nursing

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USI College of Nursing is a collegiate department of the Universidad de Sta. Isabel.<ref>The Universidad de Sta. Isabel (USI) is a private Catholic Vincentian university owned and run by the Daughters of Charity in Naga City, Philippines. It was established by the first five Daughters of Charity that arrived in the country (Philippines) in January 1868 with Bishop of Caceres, Most Rev. Francisco Gainza, O.P., the founder of Colegio de Sta. Isabel(1867) through the royal order of Queen Isabella II of Spain.


The College of Nursing was formally opened through years 1966–1968 with twenty seven (27) pre-nursing students, under the leadership of then college dean, Sr. Ricarda Mendoza, DC.

As a special feature of USI’s Centennial Celebration, the first capping ceremony was held on September 11, 1969. Sr. Imelda Espiritu was then Sister Superior. The Mother Seton Hospital became USI’s base hospital, under the directorship of Sr. Paula Vargas, DC. The first three full-time Clinical Instructors (CI’s) were


To graduate from the College of Nursing, one has to study at USI for four (4) years. At the second year, one already experiences to affiliate with Mother Seton Hospital and community health centers. Like most Catholic Schools, every USI student nurse is required to take Religious Education subjects every semester. One is also required to complete Eight (8) SOOR (Social Orientation) subjects.

Before one reaches the 3rd year of student nursing, the student nurse undergoes the Capping and Candle Lighting Ceremonies. The candidates of BSN Batch 2008 participated in the 40th Capping and Candle Lighting Ceremonies during May 2006. Batch 2008 is also dubbed as the Ruby Batch for being the 40th batch to be capped.

Performance at the Local Nursing Licensure Examinations[edit]

During the past, there was a long record of 100% passing rate in the Local Nursing Licensure Examinations. There were several years with board topnotchers.

Dean Leadership[edit]

Since 2000, there have been six deans who led the college of nursing, namely: Elizabeth S. Azutillo, RN, MAN, MSN; Dr. Wilhelmina Z. Atos, RN, MAN, PhD; Sr. Editha A. Bagayaua, DC, RN, MAN; Claudette C. Estrada, RN, MAN, Sr. Lourdes S. Sabidong, DC, RN, MAN, and presently, Salve T. Zuniega RN, MAN.[citation needed]