Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) has launched its nursing skills laboratory using the equipment donated by OTTO Work Force of The Netherlands.
OTTO Work Force, according to its website, is the largest international employment agency in Europe, with 27,000 employees working in different sectors across three countries, The Netherlands, Germany and Poland.
The skills laboratory, according to its executive vice president and chief medical officer Dr. Zenaida Javier-Uy will be a “great avenue to share learning and development” among their nursing professionals.
“We at Cardinal Santos Medical Center are fortunate to have an industry partner that values the joint vision of training globally-competitive nurses to expand their potentials and experience,” Lim-Javier said.
The nursing skills laboratory is equipped with training facilities that mirror the different areas in hospitals such as emergency room, ward bed, and suite that would benefit not only nurses, but also doctors and other health professions.
Leona Paula Macalintal, Associate Vice President and Director for Nursing, said that it was a long-time coming for Cardinal Santos to have a nursing facility where they will hone their skills.
Frank Van Gool, founder of OTTO Work Force, said the nursing skills laboratory will be beneficial for Cardinal Santos nurses as they will be able to upgrade their skills in order for them to be able to gain five-year employment in the Netherlands, which is experiencing a staffing shortage of its healthcare workers.
“It will give nurses the ability to work abroad and develop themselves professionally and personally…. Working in partnership with Cardinal Santos means that the nurses can learn the Dutch language and Dutch culture while working at Cardinal Santos,” Van Gool said.
Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Netherlands Robert van der Hum said that the partnership of Cardinal Santos and OTTO Work Force is “beneficial” for both countries as it will not only relieve the Dutch Healthcare system of its pressure, but also provide training for Filipino nurses.

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