Last January, the DOH hired around 10,000 nurses from the first batch of the RN Heals program and have sent them to over 1,200 communities all over the country that have none or little access to health care.
Due to the success of the first batch of RN HEALS, Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona promulgated that the governments plans to hire 10,000 registered nurses for the second batch of RN HEALS that will serve the local community. Beforehand, Senator Drilon made an announcement that the government will be hiring 12,500 more nurses.
RN HEALS stands for Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service. It is a project of Department of Health in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that seeks to make essential health services available to all Filipinos by training and deploying 10,000 unemployed nurses in the communities.
The programs also aims to address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses in 1,221 rural and unserved or underserved communities for one year. The next batch of nurses will be 27% of the total nurses who recently passed the Nursing licensure examination.
Ona added that the RN HEALS program aims to improve the nurse-patient ratio in the country.
Currently, he said the nurse-patient ratio in government hospitals is about 1:30 while the ideal ratio is 1:12.
The nurses deployed on respective communities will be given and allowance of 8,000 monthly to be given by the Department of Health while the Local Government Unit where the nurses are assigned will ensure the nurses’ safety and security and is also encouraged to provide additional benefits or allowance worth 2,000.
The DOH chief said more details about the new RN HEALS batch will be disclosed at a later date.
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