RNHeals or short for Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Services is a program spearheaded by the Department of Health and Department of Social Welfare & Development . The program is intended to address the surplus of inexperienced nurses at the same time promote the health of the people and bring the government closer to them.
The project will deploy nurses in rural areas and undeserved communities for a period of one year. Nurses under the program will undergo special training and development in accordance with the roles and functions required by the project.
A certificate of competency and employment will be given to those who have satisfactorily completed their engagement with the project. While on the project, nurses will be given an allowance to cover for their meals, transportation and other incidental expenses.
RNHeals program will address the following
- Improve access of poor communities to quality healthcare;
- Increate nurses’ employability with enhanced clinical and preventive health management competencies;
- provide income generating opportunities for currently unemployed registered nurses;
- Address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses through a competency based learning and development project;
- Address the inadequate nursing workforce in rural and un served/underserved communities and health facilities;
- Address the proliferation of the so-called “volunteer nurses” (i.e., working in hospitals without being paid, albeit, they themselves pay the hospital to obtain a certificate of work experience).
The salary or allowance for those who are deployed will be 8,000 pesos per month. A total of 10,000 nurses will be employed and trained to enhance their clinical health competencies .
Unemployed registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and who meet the following requirements may qualify under RNheals:
- With valid PRC license;
- Resident of the identified CCT area/s;
- Medical certificate issued by government hospitals stating that the applicant is fit to work; and
- NARS Project beneficiaries and its drop-outs will not be considered