LittleNars Intensive Practicum at UP PGH for UPOU MAN…

March 15th, 2013 by Dianne Peña

So where is LittleNars with her MAN studies?

The Master of Arts in Nursing at University of the Philippines Open University is based on a clinical perspective curriculum. I have already finished the academic units and by that I mean all the theoretical part of the degree (27 units), I am currently a 3rd year MA student, enrolled in a subject called Intensive Practicum where in it is a culmination of all the things that we have learned since first year. It is really not a online study/distance learning solely. It is a 2-week clinical practicum at PGH (Philippine General Hospital) wherein we get to be a clinician, educator and researcher that happened last February.

The experience was fun-filled, self-directed learning with my classmates. We were only 17 left from 100+ who enrolled in the first year. It was very timely for me since this January, I was entitled for a vacation leave credits at work and so I didn’t have any problems filing for leave of absence and suffer a month without salary. I was saddened by the fact that my first ever vacation leave as an employed citizen of the Philippines was put to my studies. I mean, I have given up so much with this master degree (even this blog)… The good thing is, I got to be a student once again with my classmates without thinking of work.


I got to be a clinician at the UP PGH- Cancer Institute

Discussion with Dean Cel

We had discussion sessions with Dean Balabagno (our faculty in charge)


We had conducted a seminar for the 4th year UP BSN students

Library work Conference room

Library Works with my classmates

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I got to be an educator for the 4th year UP BSN student at UP PGH Ward 1 Medical Ward


The toxic thing was the completion of the requirements from the start of the semester up to the last.

It was consuming us because most of us are working and we cannot really focus on making our homeworks. I have been ranting in my Twitter account.

Having my clinical practicum at UP-PGH is like coming out of my comfort zone. Work with familiar people is like a routine for me, I can confidently go on duty as a single staff but having to work and learn from a different environment, culture and people… It made me test my “flexibility” and adaptive skills. I miss my undergraduate years, seeing the students and my workmates who became my friends but the good thing is, I gain new friends that supported each other with all the needed things to accomplish for this semester. They were like my extended family who motivates me to continue and pursue this endeavour. With that, I am very much grateful.


I have already come this far, I will not simply give up. I am currently completing my thesis proposal for pilot testing so that I can take the comprehensive exam by next semester.

So help me GOD.

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7 Responses to “LittleNars Intensive Practicum at UP PGH for UPOU MAN…”

  1. Nikki Says:

    Hi Ms Littlenars! I just want to ask if MAN at UPOU has face to face study session every month? because I will enroll at UPOU starting May 10, 2013. Thank you and love your blog! God bless!

  2. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi Nikki, face to face session depends on your professor’s schedule if she/he wants to conduct a face to face session but usually they prefer YM/Skype sessions. Thank you for reading my blog! God bless!

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  4. Yel Says:

    Hi!! I’m not really sure if you can still read this,.but i’m still hoping you could. Anyway, I’m really interested with applying at UPOU and you’re the first person I came across who really has sometjing to talk about it. So, was it really hard maintaining a grade of 2.0? And, is The whole thing really hard or are you an achiever, yourself?? Where did you finish your BSN degree?? I hope I can email you. 😀

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  7. rina Says:

    Hi! I am working overseas and Iam interested to apply for admissions in the upou Man degree. I am worried about the clinical practicum and stuff which can not be done online. May i know what part of the program are the clinical practicum? is it every end of semester? If so, is it advisable for overseas workers like me?

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