of Health (DOH) announced that it is launching a new program that is set to
address the problem of oversupply of nurses in the country. The program to be
launched is similar to Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) that was
implemented in 2009 for the same purpose.
The new program is called Registered Nurses for Health
Enhancement and Local Services (RN HEALS) and it aims to train and deploy 10,000
registered nurses. The secretary of DOH, Enrique Ona said that the nurses will
be assigned in poor communities in the rural areas.
announcement from DOLE said that they are currently on the look out for registered
nurses to fill up vacancies for the said positions. They are ready to start accepting
applications this Monday (January 17, 2011).
secretary said in a statement, “The project seeks to make essential health
services available to all Filipinos by training and deploying 10,000 unemployed
nurses in communities to be identified by the DOH in collaboration with the
Department of Social Welfare and Development."
said that aside from providing jobs to unemployed nurses in the country, the
project would also address the lack of quality health
service in rural communities. The DOH has identified 1,221 rural communities
that needs healthcare services and this is where the nurses who will qualify
for the program will be assigned.
informed that the nurses under the RN HEALS programs would receive an allowance
of Php8, 000 and another Php2,000 (minimum) from the municipality government they
Government Unit (LG) will be in charge of the nurses and is required to provide
accommodation and ensure their safety and security as well. Ona said, “Eventually,
these nurses will be part of the pool of competent nurses for later employment
or absorption in health facilities, thus addressing the inadequate supply of
skilled nurses and increasing the nurses’ employment rate."
period for RN HEALS will be from January 17 to February 4. It is open to all interested
registered nurses which are both physically and mentally fit. The selection
will be done in the regional offices of DOLE. Application can be sent online at
Department website. Selected applicants will be posted at the said
website from February 7 t0 10.
will be required to attend an orientation before they are deployed. The orientation
will be on February 11- 12 and will be held in the provincial centers where the
nurses are assigned. The orientation will be conducted by the regional DOH,
DSWD, the Professional Regulation Commission’s Board of Nursing, and the
Philippine Nurses Association.