Nurse-Deployment-Project

Introduction

The Nurse Deployment Project 2014 or NDP is a Department of Health (DOH) project that aims to improve local health systems and support the Philippines’ attainment of Universal Health Care or “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan.” Furthermore it aims to also give employment opportunities to the growing number of unemployed nurses in the country. The program coincides with one of the main goals of the Aquino Health Agenda (AHA).

Budget for employing nurses have doubled as sin taxes increased the DOH’s budget thus the Nurses Deployment Project will employ nurses instead of ‘deploying’ them contrary to that of RNheals.

Because of its implementing guidelines’ similarity, Nurse Deployment Project 2014 is sometimes dubbed as “RNheals 2014” or “Nurses to Barrios Program.” In fact, the NDP is the successor of the Registered Nurse for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN Heals).

Implementing Guidelines

Main article: Implementing Guidelines for the Nurse Deployment Project 2014

DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona has signed the DOH Department Circular 2013-0403 or the Implementing Guidelines for the Nurse Deployment Project 2014 issued at September 30, 2013. The certified true copy of the said memo was submitted to the DOH Records Section last November 21, 2013.

Application procedures

Main article: Application Updates Per Region for Nurse Deployment Project 2014

Application Levels

  1. First Level: Documents Review
  2. Second Level: Examination
  3. Third Level: Interview

Recruitment

Recruitment and selection period will be from November 4 to 29, 2013. The Centers for Health Development (CHDs) shall set their timelines for accepting and selecting applications within the prescribed period.

Application

Applicants shall accomplish the official project application form which can be downloaded through the DOH website or our own copy here. Applications shall be submitted directly to CHDs or to RHUs, PHOs, and DOH Central Offices that are tasked to forward them to CHDs.

CHDs Accepting Applications

Main article: List of Center for Health Development (CHDs) for Nurse Deployment Project

All Centers for Health Development (CHDs) nationwide are accepting applications.

Schedule

Application will start on November 4, 2013 and will end on November 29, 2013 or depending on the CHD’s prerogative.

Qualifications

Application shall be open to all nurses with the following qualifications:

  • Official and validated license from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
  • Willing to undergo recruitment and selection process of the CHDs.
  • Physically and mentally fit. A medical certificate is required.

Priority shall also be given to the following:

  • Nurses who are graduates of the RNheals program.
  • Nurses residing in the localities where the recipient rural health units or health facilities are located.

Documentary Requirements

The following documents are needed for application:

  • Accomplished application form for Nurse Deployment Project below. 
  • Application letter addressed to the director of the CHD where you’d want to apply.
  • Updated resume
  • Photocopy of valid PRC license
  • Barangay certification
  • Medical certificate
  • Additional requirement may be needed

Application Form

The application form below is needed in applying. Print it in a A4-sized paper. Accomplish accordingly.

Examination

Examination will be given to all applicants to avoid possible biases during the selection process. Although the coverage and structure of the exam may vary per CHD, the following topics are most likely to be included:

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Maternal and Child Care Nursing
  • Maternity Nursing

If you want to review these questions, please visit our Nursing Board Examination Questions page.

Deployment

Once officially accepted, nurses will be informed by the receiving facilities through a letter or any mode of communication available. The nurses are then required to sign a contract of service in pursuit of their commitment to complete the project. The start of contact shall be on January 2014. 

Deployment Areas

Nurses under the NDP will be assigned in Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) areas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 20 poorest provinces and 1,233 focus municipalities as identified by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

Assignment areas

The nurses shall be then assigned in the following areas:

  • Rural Health Units (RHUs)
  • Birthing Homes
  • Barangay Health Stations
  • Level I LGU hospitals

Contract

Nurses will be hired on a Contract of Services status with an equivalent item of NURSE I. Their contract is for six (6) months that can be renewed based on very satisfactory performance for a maximum of two (2) years.

Salary

Hired nurses shall receive Salary Grade 11 or amounting to Php 18,594.00 monthly, equivalent to a entry-level nurse.

Attendance

The nurses shall submit their Daily Time Record (DTR) every month to their respective CHDs every month. This will serve as basis for their salary and shall be approved by the Public Health Nurse or Municipal Health Officer in the RHUs, Chief Nurse or immediate supervisors.

In case of absences and tardiness, the salary is subject to deductions based on the existing rules and regulations.

Accomplishment Reports

Nurses are also required to submit a Monthly Accomplishment Report describing the highlights of their activities, target achievements, learning insights, issues and concerns and recommendations. It shall be submitted to their immediate supervisor for notation and to be forwarded to the CHDs.

Deployment Evaluation

CHDs are also tasked to conduct a midterm and end of deployment evaluation. The results of the evaluation shall be submitted to HHRDB as an input to the Program Implementation Review (PIR).

Post Deployment

After the satisfactory completion of their deployment, the nurses shall be awarded with a Certificate of Employment signed by the CHD director.

Difference with RNHeals

The four-year long run of RNheals program has been scrapped by the DOH in exchange for the Nurse Deployment Project 2014. In RNheals, nurses are only receiving Php 8,000 monthly stipend and PhilHealth and GSIS contributions. As for the NDP, DOH will not only be employing the nurses (rather than only deploying them) and will be receiving around Php 18,549 or Salary Grade 11 including all the benefits a DOH employee receives.

See Also

References

  1. Department of Health. (2013, September 30). Implementing Guidelines on the Nurse Deployment Project for CY 2014.
  2. Department of Health. Accepting Applicants for the Nurse Deployment Project.
  3. Harby. (2013, November 22). Nurse Deployment Project Formerly RN-Heals Program.
  4. Dakis A. (2013, November 4). DOH ends RNHEALS, replaces with an Employment Program.
  5. Dakis, A. (2013, November 22). Vital Signs Column: DOH released Implementing Guidelines on the Nurse Deployment Project 2014.
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