CROSS: The rod in staff of Asclepius was changed to a cross which represents spiritual values.
LAMP: The symbol of nurses. Florence Nightingale, who pioneered nursing for women in the mid-19th century, used to carry a lamp with her when taking care of the wounded during the Crimean War. It also symbolizes nursing education, gentleness and care.
OLIVES: Represents peace and goodwill.
CROWN: The crown of the nursing and midwifery profession represents the SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE and ATTITUDE. Its location is on top, which symbolizes the eleven (11) core competencies that the nurse/midwife educators and students must practice.
SHIELD: The protector of the profession signifies one will protect his/her profession to preserve its dignity and devotion.
FIVE (5) SWORDS: The five (5) P’s. The five (5) weapons of the nurse/midwife educators, represents the sequential steps on the mission in order to fulfill the vision, sharp and dignified swords are strict impositions used to attain our primary purpose. They are interrelated so as with the five (5) P’s in the mission statement to realize the vision.
EYE: A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge and insight of oneself.
MOTHER AND CHILD: Represents the midwifery profession, which symbolizes the caring behavior of the mother towards her child.
GREEN: Represents life, health and hope.
PINK: It is associated with purity and pure love. That is, a person who is virgin in heart and body.
INTERTWINED GOLD: Gold is associated with royalty. It connotes higher perspective of the profession. Intertwining represents how nursing and midwifery students collaborate with one another to fulfill the vision and mission.
RED GEM: Represents the caring behavior for life and vitality. Red also symbolizes the color of the sun signifying energy and radiating its vitalizing life-force into human beings like nurses and midwives.
WINGS: It’s an obvious sign of desire to rise above every challenge. The wings represent the core competencies of nurse that they must possess in the practice of one’s chosen profession, uplifting the standards of health care services and maintenance of professionalism.
SNAKE: Represents the significance of the serpent has been interpreted in many ways: to wit; shedding of skin and its renewal symbolizes rejuvenation; and the serpent as a symbol that unites and expresses the dual nature of the work of the physician and nurses, who deals with life and death, sickness and health.
DIVINUS: Divine or spiritual values
HUMANUS: Humane or helping and treating people properly
EDUCATUS: Education or intellectual enhancement and development
SUMMETRIA: Symmetrical or being fair, just and equitable holistically
THE WHOLE STAFF OF ASCLEPIUS: It was formed to symbolize the interrelated relationship of its part; one part is interrelated to other part of the creation that no part must be removed or else the whole symbol will collapse and ended up with no sense at all. It is captivated in the head/mind. Nurse/midwife educators, moreover, must bear in mind the entire symbolism towards the development of the whole health care educational community.