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DOH to deploy 2,500 nurses

The Department of Health said 22,500 registered nurses will be deployed nationwide for the Health Enhancement and Local Service Project after orientation that starts this month, a government press release said.

This will be the fourth batch of nurses to be deployed in various areas of the country.

Three batches have completed the RN heals project from Feb. 14, 2011 to December last year.

The fourth batch will be deployed in 70 DOH hospitals in 1,491 municipalities, 143 cities, and 13 districts of Metro Manila in the priority areas of the DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program, the press release said.

Nurses under the program will also serve in Conditional cash transfer areas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the 609 priority areas of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, it added.

Batch 1 in February 2011 was composed of 9,518 nurses who were deployed in health facilities in 1,235 municipalities and cities. On the other hand, batch 2 in October 2011, composed of 11,283 nurses were sent to 70 DOH hospitals in 1,500 municipalities and cities.

Batch 3, nurses composed of 10,000, were deployed to 1,491 municipalities and 143 cities in March 2012.

“This project aims to improve access of the country’s poor to quality healthcare with social services by creating a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and preventive health management competencies that will eventually increase the nurses’ employability,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said in a statement.

Ona also said that RN Heals does not intend to provide employment but rather learning and development, adding that the nurses under RN Heals are, therefore, not regular employees but pre-service trainees who are given allowances/stipend and not salaries.

They are deployed in government health facilities where potential for future employment is highest, the press release said.

Whether assigned in a hospital or health center, the nurses, receive a monthly allowance/stipend of P8,000 from the national government, it added.

The hospitals or rural health units where they are assigned are urged to provide additional monetary or non-monetary incentives to nurses, like advanced training opportunities, meals or meal allowance, transportation or transportation allowance, communication allowance, or board and lodging, the press release also said.

The nurses are also enrolled in the PhilHealth iGroup Insurance with a premium of P1,200 per person per year and GSIS Group Accident Insurance premium of P500 per person per year.

After the satisfactory completion of their learning and deployment, the nurses are given a certificate of completion, the press release said.*

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