This has to be the best news ever. I mean really. I have friends and peers who have been waiting for this day for a very very very long time. I hope this actually gets enacted in the near future. I hope the government realizes how important this is.
I don’t know if anyone of you ever noticed but teachers and nurses are required to get professional licenses and yet they cannot charge professional fees. Ye? Maybe after this, the teachers would go next. :)
Nurses’ salary to increase — Angara
Published : Sunday, March 11, 2012
A BILL seeking to increase the monthly salary of nurses and further protect the nursing profession was filed in the House of Representatives.
House Bill 5780, authored by Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, once enacted into law will give nurses monthly pay equivalent to Salary Grade 15 or about P14,000.
The bill intends to amend Republic Act 9173 or Nursing Act of 2002.
Angara said that the minimum base pay of nurses in public and private health and health-related institutions should be in accordance with prevailing salary standards set by law for professionals.
The bill mandates the hospitals and other medical institutions to provide incentives and benefits to the nurses.
At present, a nurse is receiving a monthly salary of only P5,000 to P7,000 in government and private hospitals while those working in clinics and small privately owned hospitals are getting P4,000.
Angara said the quantity of Filipino nurses has been inversely proportional to the quality of education provided by nursing schools in the country.
Based on records, when Republic Act 9173 was enacted into law, there were only around 251 schools but now the country has 491 nursing schools.
Records also showed that from 2000 to 2010, there were about 2,668,046 enrollees in nursing schools nationwide with only 491,900 graduates and 365,625 passing the nursing licensure examinations.
Angara said that the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) results show an alarming decline in the annual national passing percentage. It reached an all-time low of 35.26% in December 2010 NLE with only 29,711 passes out of 84.287 examinees.
“We have an oversupply of nurses and yet we are still far from achieving the ideal nurse to patient ration of 1:4 per shift. The Philippine General Hospital has a nurse to patient ratio of 1:15-26 per shift while Davao del Sur has a province-wide ration of 1:44-45 per shift. Clearly, there is an urgent need for reforms,” Angara said.
Under the bill, the National Nursing Career Progression Program which will be created will get the funding from the annual appropriation act, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, the Philippine Amusement and Games Corp., and the Professional Regulation Commission.
“The bill will expand the roles and responsibilities of nurses that focus on specialized and more advanced practice in the various health care settings and not just primary health care service. Jester Manalastas
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