College of Nursing Class of 2007 –Where are they now?

Southville International School and Colleges’ (SISC) BS Nursing class of 2007 was the pioneer batch of nursing graduates from the College of Nursing. The batch was a blend of young college first coursers, transferees, and adult second coursers who all came to be part of the demand of the millennium for professional nurses all over the world. It was in 2003 when SISC, as a young growing college in the south, opened the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program envisioning to produce competent world-class nurses with a heart for service.

As SISC celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year, the BSN Class of 2007 are just as excited to make plans for their 10th year Grand Alumni Homecoming.

Pauline Gregorio, a 2nd courser, is now a beloved BS Nursing faculty member in SISC. After her clinical experience as an ICU nurse in Asian Hospital & Medical Center and earning her US RN license, she opted to enter the academe. She has successfully earned a post graduate certificate in Professional Education from the University of Chester and is finishing her Master’s degree from the University of the Philippines.

A very diligent student from Class 2007 was Pol Comia who has ventured into specialized nursing. He is now a Band 7 Recovery Room Charge Nurse at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Before his current position, he also worked at King’s College London, which is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, and at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, a specialist hospital in UK.

Class of 2007 produced two MDs. Dr. Jaquelyn Chan, who was the first to pass the Physician Licensure Exam in 2013, is now an active general practitioner. As a young intern in Makati Medical Center, she was recognized as Overall Outstanding Medical Intern. Dr. Charmaigne Bato, another member of Class 2007, is currently doing her residency at Ospital ng Makati.

Many from Class 2007 have migrated to the US and are successful RNs. “Sir” John Jimenez, who came in as an older 2nd courser after finishing Business Management and managing his own business, shifted gear to study nursing and endeared himself to his classmates. He might have found love in his second career because he studied nursing with excitement and enthusiasm. John is now a senior RN at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center and was recently featured in the Los Angeles Examiner, talking about the unique contribution of male nurses in health care.