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senatoriable Cynthia Villar’s “room nurse” statement angers pinoy nurses from all over the world

this is the statement by cynthia villar from that video that got pinoy nurses, apparently from all over the world, very angry at her.

Ang sinasabi namin sa kanila na ‘actually, hindi naman kailangan ng nurse na matapos ang BSN (BS Nursing). Kasi itong mga nurses, gusto lang nilang maging room nurse,” Villar said, as she responded to a question posed by Winnie Monsod.

“(Kasi) sa Amerika or sa other countries, ano lang sila parang mag-aalaga… Hindi naman kailangan silang maging ganong kagaling,” she told Pagsubok sa mga Kandidato aired over GMA News TV.

source : http://ph.news.yahoo.com/villar-draws-nurses–ire-with-controversial-statement-043702029.html

pinoy social media was abuzz for two days now about it.

for us, the crucial question was – what did she mean by “room nurse”? is there such a classification or job as “room nurse”? we had tweeted the question to cynthia villar but we have had no answer from her yet.

we are not a nurse nor from the medical field, so we do not know anything about nurses and nursing. how is a “room nurse” different from the other nurses? we know of emergency room nurses, operating room nurses and pediatric nurses but we have not heard of the “room nurse”.

we assume the nurses who go to our hospital rooms are fully trained and experienced on medicine and science, not just fixing bed sheets. they do give us medicine, injections and IVs so we think that demands medical training.

villar seem to regard the “room nurse’ as similar to a hotel’s chambermaid whose job function is to clean and keep the hotel room in order from linens and everything else in the room. with that thinking, villar seem to be saying “room nurse” students will not need “technical” training or schooling on medicine and science.

to us the role of the “room nurse” who go to our hospital rooms is as important as the doctors who see us in keeping us healthy. in fact the nurse is on duty 24/7 while the doctor visits their patients at most twice a day for a few minutes to half an hour at the most on each visit. the nurse who is available 24/7 will need to make judgement calls when something happens to the patient, so we think her knowledge and skills go beyond bed sheets.

both cannot make mistakes and both need to be good at their jobs. they perform different jobs but their success or failure have the same impact on the patients they take care of. we also think both need training although not in the same degree on medicine and science.

but we are guessing that is what villar meant. the question goes back to what we said – is there a real job category such as a “room nurse” in the context that villar meant?

this was the explanation of villar after her statement became viral in social media.

Villar issued a statement after her answer went viral on social networking sites.

“The issue was really beyond me. I just interceded as chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education. I have no power neither over CHED nor the nursing schools. As I said, my conciliatory efforts were overtaken by events—the charges filed by the schools against CHED officials,” she said

. “The 30-second limit for me to answer the question posed on the news program was too short to give the complete details surrounding the issue. I hope that this statement will clarify the issue. I am sorry if it has created confusion. Thank you,” Villar added.

source : http://ph.news.yahoo.com/villar-draws-nurses–ire-with-controversial-statement-043702029.html

we do not think her statement actually answered anything, specially the things that got many pinoy nurses  angry about or got insulted from. some are even wondering whether villar thought  “RN” meant “room nurse” instead of “registered nurse”. the answer is way off and did not seem to have an understanding of what the issues are and what were insulting in her statement. she seemed to have explained and apologized for the wrong thing.

this is an unfortunate statement from cynthia villar specially that she has positioned herself as the “job creation” senator. in fact, her advertising calls her as “mrs. hanepbuhay”. she is so serious on it that she even went through the trouble of asking the COMELEC to agree to include “hanepbuhay” as her “alias” on the official ballots we will be using for the election. we will be reading that alias beside her name.

this episode though shows a huge disconnect (same word winnie monsod used in that interview) in that a senatoriable who positions herself as the “job creation” senator is unable to appreciate the job and profession called “nursing” and laborers called “nurses”.


this was the facial reaction that winnie monsod showed while senatoriable cynthia villar mentioned her “room nurse” statement


we wanted to get to the bottom of what a “room nurse” is. we think the used of that term is the crux of the matter. thanks to @alvindakis. here is what we got:

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this morning, march 4, 2013, @cynthia_villar issued this apology:


  1. agni R.N.,M.A.N.
    March 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    all candidates were given 30 sec to respond the question was the pressure not the time element, she tried to still protect the her own people Oligarch school owner. that’s why the truth of what she thinks about the Nursing Profession was uttered unconsciously defining R.N. as room nurse and she had laid her cards on the table ……… and the rest was history

  2. March 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    agni R.N.,M.A.N. :
    all candidates were given 30 sec to respond the question was the pressure not the time element, she tried to still protect the her own people Oligarch school owner. that’s why the truth of what she thinks about the Nursing Profession was uttered unconsciously defining R.N. as room nurse and she had laid her cards on the table ……… and the rest was history

  3. March 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    to the nurses and doctors reading this post – is there such a thing as “room nurse” in the nursing profession?

  4. Frances Anne Tuarez
    March 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    No such thing as “room nurses”!!!!! If she only knows and understands what she is babbling about, she would not regard nurses as “room nurses”. What is she thinking in the first place? She doesn’t deserve a place in the senate if she has no knowledge of what she is talking about.

    • Narsing
      March 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

      I want to apply that “ROOM NURSE” here in US…that’s the job I want if there’s any like that! heheheheheeee. wow…taga pag-alaga lang ba yon? so easy job I’m sure…yeah…no need to go to a nursing school! So…if that’s the case…I was really wasting my time going to a nursing school to take up my degree in BSN!

  5. Martin de Castro RN,BSN
    March 4, 2013 at 2:56 am

    For her the meaning of RN is Room Nurse so stupid!!!! Kakahya ka Bobong Villar sarap mong sampalin para ka matututo bumalik ka sa school bukol mo ulol!!

  6. Martin de Castro RN,BSN
    March 4, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Magbenta ka na lang bahay at lupain ninyo ng asawa mo BoBiTANG Cythia Villar

  7. Martin de Castro RN,BSN
    March 4, 2013 at 3:44 am

    FYI Cynthia Villar
    Lahat kamming mga Filipino Nurses sa America timitingala ng mga tao dito. Kaya ikaw bastos ka wala ng mas mababa pa sa iyo. Pareho kayo ng asawa mo maapangurakot. Sana mabigyan ka ng malubhang sakit para makita mo at maranasan kkung pang room nurse lang ang RN. Stupid!!!!

  8. March 4, 2013 at 10:26 am


    villar gave a super safe apology. it did not acknowledge or explain the “error” or offending remark that villar made.

    let us know if the pinoy nurses who got offended by her statement accepts this apology.

  9. Jojo Laoingco
    March 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Dear Mrs. Villar, as an R.N. (Registered Nurse) with a Ph.D., I would not have wanted to level off with you. Sure you are the wife of ex-Presidentiable Manny Villar who also busted his chances of becoming the Philippine President (forever, i suppose); and your vast wealth pales in comparison to the vastness of your ignorance, I wish I had enough charity left to treat you well, for after all, nurses treat with compassion and loving care clients needing professional help. And so, I still wish you well… I could only extend my empathy and understanding to you and your forlorn reply to Ms. Monsod’s question concerning nurses… May God bless you on your endeavor seeking an honorable seat in the Senate…

  10. March 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Mrs Villar, you should think before you talk because it is too late for your apologies. The damage is done.

  11. gerry
    March 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, before apology. Admit the error. No such thing in this rich woman

  12. Martin de Castro RN,BSN
    March 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm


  13. jessber gomez
    March 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    well mrs villar how can you erase that now?if you aspire to become a leader in this nation you should be the first one to know who your people are filipinos are very quick to respond to this kind of staement,do we have to tell you you should think first before you talk?how would you react to this,”if you win in this coming election you will be a ROOM SENATOR,is there such thing as a room senator?well i guess you will be the first one ,only in the Philippines.

    Well mrs villar how can you erase that now?if you aspire to become aleader in this nation you should be the first one to know who your people are,filipinos are quick to react to this kind of statement,do we need to tell you you should think first before you talk,if you win this coming election you will be called ROOM SENATOR is there such thing?well you will be the first one and only in the Philippines.

  14. March 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    apology for damage control to gain voters back… who are you kidding?! it only shows you still think nurses are not smart enough to know your hidden agenda! Stupid answers come from stupid people!

  15. Martin de Castro RN,BSN
    March 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Your apology is acceptable dont worry marami ka namang pera at burgis kayong mga Villar kaya mananalo ka pa rin sa election dahil for sure ipapairl ni manny villar ang pera at impluwensiya niya.. At sa wowoweee program nandoon ang anak mo pwedeng pwede kang mangumpanya. Para sa akiin STUPID ka pa rin.

  16. Martin de Castro RN,BSN
    March 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Correction your apology is not accepted

  17. jam
    March 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    hey villar why dont u try to be a ROOM WIFE !! all NURSES and even PEOPLE WERE not perfect ,but they have ABILITY to handle situation ,who took care of ill ,its NURSES !!! ,WHO ALWAYS WITH patient NURSES!!! who mke ways to feel ur comfortable of course NURSES!!!,SO WAKE UP VILLAR ,IF I WILL BE THE JUDGE TO CHOOSE IN SENATORIAL POSITION I WILL CHOOSE SOMEONE THAT LOOK AND HAVE CONCERN TO ALL PEOPLE NOT ONLY THE FIELD WHERE YOU CAMPAIGN

  18. Rosario V., RN, BSN, CWOCN, CFCN
    March 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Mrs. Villar: Finally, an apology, what took you so long? There is a deeper issue here than the ignorant demeaning words you said in that 30 seconds. Obviously, you do not understand very well the importance of having a BSN and be competent enough to be able to pass the board exams, the CGFNS, and finally the NCLEX for us nurses to be able to work here in the States. Filipino nurses are well respected and highly regarded, not only by our peers but as well as the MDs. In fact, in my place of work, MDs consult me regarding my specialty. I wonder how you ruled in favor of keeping the substandard schools open if you don’t even understand the difference of having a BSN. What ” room nurse” are you talking about? We know very well where your heart is but let me tell you, the filipino nurses don’t have our hearts in you being in the Senate. There’s no place for somebody like you in the Philippine Senate. You should stick to your businesses and allow people with better hearts to lead our nation.

  19. Mona
    March 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    blah… blah.. blah.apology not accepted. what is a room nurse? or which part of the room is a nurse? or is it a new meaning of RN, Room Nurse to Registered Nurse. what a dimwit. Villar since you had publicly demoralized, insulted the nurse who’s your next target of profession? made sure youve done enough research better yet why dont you try your own profession, isnt accountancy? can you beat the clock when the topic is how to obtain illegal wealth?

  20. glynis tan
    March 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Ms. Villar,
    As a Filipino nurse who works here in California, it breaks my heart to read what you said about Filipino nurses. I have worked both as their supervisor and side by side with my fellow Filipino nurses in foreign countries in critical care (the emergency room, critical care transport & ICU) and I have seen how smart they are, how hard they work, how professional they act; they are the best!
    These nurses are heroes who bear the sadness of leaving their family behind to take good care of strangers, nurses who work all day to save countless lives, who miss their meals to make sure their patients get theirs…These hardworking countrymen of yours are the ones who keep the Philippine economy alive…I have seen countless of dollars poured into their relatives at home…the same relatives who are supposed to vote for you. The same money that gives you your salary as a public/government official (in the unfortunate event that you do win). Ms. Rosario V. is right, we have to take countless tests & constantly update our education so we can give our patients the best care. A lot of MD’s I have worked with of all races always tell me that they admire Filipino nurses.
    It is a sad truth today that the Philippines is being run by people who seem to be detached from reality either by their stupidity or their wealth or both.

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      very well said.

  21. Ina-chan
    March 7, 2013 at 3:29 am

    In Ontario, it is now a requirement by the Ontario College of Nurses to have a BScN in order to qualify as a Registered Nurse. They started phasing out diploma nurses when I graduated 12 years ago. So if any Filipinos hope to get a job as a nurse in any Nursing Field in Canada, then you do need that BScN as your basic education. Then you get further certifications (not yet required, but its good to have) if you want to specialize in a field (Geriatrics, Oncology, Pediatrics, Mental Health, etc.). Otherwise, the closest thing you can get with a diploma in Nursing without upgrading your education is a care giver.

  22. March 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    as what rep. quimpo defended CV for 30 seconds Q/A with maring winnie its so awful to tell that she is on time constraints with the question…let me ask you CV what will happen to our patients if we left them unattended for 30 seconds????? that’s why we nurses are working 24/7….we experienced to hold our bladder, nor not to defecate or void, skipping meals, just to monitor and give prompt utmost nursing care to our clients…we’re more than a track and field runner when code blue come……even we are RN’s already still we kept updated what was the new trends in nursing….continued education is a must…did you know that without us, as pillars of the organization, MD’s cant work???they;re relying to us what was the progress to their clients???…come to think of it CV????
    Your apology is forgiven, but the damage has been done….let us apply this to our client, if one “room nurse” made a mistake in giving medicine and something happen to the patient—is that acceptable???just to ask sorry?????…..so Lets respect one professions….honestly here in abroad did you know that our clients preferred Filipino nurses compared to other nationalities????….and they give us recognition for that…..”patience” is a virtue that Filipino nurses possesses of….and that you can’t find to any other nurses(other nationalities)…
    Mabuhay ang mga Filipino Nurses saan man sa Mundo!!!

  23. Alfredo Ocampo
    April 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    The comment of senatorial candidate C. Villar about registered nurses shows only how
    much she’s got inside the cranial hollow sitting between her shoulders. Would this be the kind of senator we would like her to join the likes of clowns showing their wares in the Senate. When would the Filipinos learn their lesson. God help the Philippines!!!!!

  24. Alfredo Ocampo
    April 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Susmariosep, Aling Cynthia! Heto po ang masasabi ko sa komentaryo ninyo, marami na po akong estupidong tao na nakaenkwentro. Aba eh, kayo na po yata ang pinaka ESTUPIDO!!!
    Bilib lang po ako sa lakas ng loob at kapal ng mukha ninyo, gusto nyo pa pong maging Senador?!? Aba eh, hayaan nyo na lang po yung mga nauna na sa inyo, huwag na po natin dagdagan ang mga ESTUPIDO SA SENADO Pakiusap po umatras na po kayo, baka po pag may mga tangang Pilipino na nasilaw sa pera nyo baka po magabot pa kayo ni Mang Paquiao!~ Pagpalain po kayo ng Diyos kat nawa po ituwid Niya ang inyong pag iisip!!!

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