Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC), in collaboration with Metro Pacific Health (MPH), City Government of Muntinlupa and the Philippine Nurses Association NCR Zone 6, hosted the “Battle of the Nightingales (BOTN) Inter-Nursing School Quiz Bowl” on August 23, 2023.
BOTN Inter-Nursing School Quiz Bowl started in 2017 as an annual initiative of West Metro Medical Center. In 2022, all four Mindanao MPH hospitals conducted their quiz bowls, and the winners from these local competitions competed in a Mindanao-wide event.
Acknowledging the value of this program, MPH is rolling this out nationwide. MPH is encouraging all hospitals in its network to conduct BOTNs either separately or in a joint quiz bowl with other MPH hospitals.
“The BOTN aims to celebrate nurses by promoting public awareness and appreciation for the nursing profession and promoting meaningful professional collaboration between MPH hospitals, schools of nursing, nursing organizations and the community,” said Dr. Carolina Buhain, Asian Hospital’s Nursing Director.
The participants in the BOTN-Asian Hospital edition were Dr. Yanga’s College Inc., Saint Michael’s College of Laguna, St. Dominic College of Asia, Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, Philippine Women’s University and Siena College of Taytay.
Held at the Museo ng Muntinlupa, the guest speakers at the event were Dr. Carolina, Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon and Asian Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jose Acuin.
Spotlight on nurses
The BOTN is one of the collaboration projects of AHMC and the City Government of Muntinlupa as they work hand-in-hand in improving the healthcare of the community. It is also part of the Alagang Sulit, Alagang Deserve campaign of Asian Hospital which pushes for caring for the community and improved customer service.
In his remarks, Biazon said the quiz bowl is “an event that shines the spotlight on the dedication of our nurses and their invaluable contribution to healthcare.” He related that healthcare is one of the top priorities in Muntinlupa and that nurses played a pivotal role in making this a reality.
“This event is more than just a competition. It is a meaningful opportunity to recognize and express our gratitude for the vital role our nurses play in maintaining our well-being. Let’s take a moment to appreciate our nurses who serve as the backbone of healing and the embodiment of compassion. Their unwavering commitment to caring for us and our community is nothing short of commendable,” he said.
He added that the competition highlighted the depth of knowledge that the nurses have, “a showcase of the importance of scientific knowledge that they possess in practicing their profession.”
“It is not just a menial task but a responsibility that carries with it the need to have a wide knowledge about health and medicine for you to give quality care. With this knowledge is the skill in handling and managing the patients which is actually a big part of the healing process,” Biazon said.
For his part, Dr. Acuin called on the participants to reach out to their fellow participants and to get to know them. At the end of the day, Dr. Acuin said the quiz bowl is a competition where there will be winners and losers.
“The experience is irreplaceable. Reach out to each other and connect with each other,” he said, adding that he looked forward to the day when he could welcome the students to Asian Hospital.
“We will be more than happy to show you around Asian Hospital and welcome you some day as one of us, as a staff member of Asian hospital and someone the doctors who can trust and work with,” he said.
The team from Siena College of Taytay, who includes Denille Cher De Leon, Glenn Juliene G. Obel, Chiara Mariae A. Miado, and coached by Jefferson Louies P. Gonzaga, emerged as the winner of the quiz bowl. Coming in second was the team from Saint Michael’s College of Laguna while Far Eastern University came in third.
The winning team to home P100,000 of scholarships for each team member, a cash prize of P20,000, a cash prize of P5,000 for their coach and a trophy. Sienna College of Taytay will compete in the BOTN National Finals on October 20, 2023