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Laws and its Amendment
Transcript of Laws and its Amendment
A nation of nurses shouldn’t be seen as something negative to our national development. We should utilize our health human resources properly, and maximize our rich resources of health professionals to deliver better health care to our countrymen.
nurses have been known to be among
the most caring nurses in the world
– the kind that many foreign nationals would prefer and trust. This brand of excellence
became the Philippines’ banner
for sending its nurses to the world market.
This made the Bachelor of Science in Nursing an instant ‘National College Course’ of the country.
Abundance in scarcity
We have produced
thousands of nurses
but have only employed less than 50,000 nationwide.
More than 287,000 are now unemployed or underemployed in the country.
The Department of Health recommends that
1 nurse should serve 10 patients,
but looking at our current health system,
1 nurse serves more than 50 patients
in a public hospital. This ratio becomes even worse in public health communities,
where 1 nurse has to serve more than 50,000 residents.
The government’s aid
The Arroyo government came up with a stopgap project called
NARS: Nurses Assigned in Rural Service.
The Aquino government has taken shape in 2011, and along with it comes a new hope for reforms and social change. Aquino administration seems to have copied the
project and installed RN HEALS: Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement & Local Service.
Laws and its Amendment
Republic Act 9173
Nursing Act of 2002
(to increase Nurses' salary)
Sec. 32. Salary.
– In order to enhance the general welfare, commitment to service and professionalism of nurses the
minimum base pay of nurses working in the public health institutions shall not be lower than salary grade 15 prescribes under Republic Act No. 6758, otherwise known as the “Compensation and Classification Act of 1989
″: Provided, That for nurses working in local government units, adjustments to their salaries shall be in accordance with Section 10 of the said law.
Aurora Lone District Representative
Juan Edgardo Angara
has filed a bill in the House of Representatives seeking to amend the Nursing Act of 2002
House Bill 5780
will allow Filipino nurses to receive a monthly salary
equivalent to Salary Grade 15
in the government or about P14,000.
the bill also mandates
hospitals and other medical institutions
to provide incentives and benefits to the nurses as stated in section 34.
The continuing push for reforms for the health care system and the nursing profession
needs a huge amount of support from nurses themselves
if you want to see these reforms coming to pass. Moreover,
each nurse must actively participate and cooperate
to help make the government know we are guarding our rights and our profession.
January 2011 marked another expose that brought controversy to the Philippine nursing profession
after the 2006 nursing board exam leakage scandal. This time, the issue revolved around professional, registered nurses who would volunteer their professional services to some hospitals, clinics and centers but