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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Nurses need 45 CPD units for PRC ID renewal in 2017

Starting first quarter of 2017, nurses must have 45 units of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs as a requirement for renewal of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) identification card.

This new requirement is based on the latest PRC resolution no. 2016-990 entitled "Amendments to the Revised Guidelines on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for All Registered and Licensed Professionals," issued June 28, 2016.

Amendments include the following guidelines:

  • Professional Regulatory Boards (PRB) under PRC shall create CPD Councils composed of Chairperson and 2 members.
  • CPD Council accredits Local Providers and Foreign Providers of CPD Programs.
  • All registered and licensed professionals shall complete the required CPD units every three years.

How to earn CPD units?

PRC-accredited CPD programs may be in the form of Professional Track such as seminars, training, workshops; Academic Track such as master's or doctorate degrees, professional chair appointment, residency, externship, specialty/sub-specialty programs, fellowship grants, post-graduate diploma; Self-Directed Training offered by non-accredited CPD providers evaluated by CPD Councils; or other such activities recommended by CPD Councils and approved by the Board and the Commission.

Professional Track and Self Directed Training may be in the form of face to face interaction or done online. Accredited CPD Providers may be Local or Foreign.

In the matrix provided by PRC, nurses have the same CPD Program unit requirements with other healthcare professionals like medical technologists, physicians, midwives, PTs and OTs. Here's the activities that earn CPD units:

The PRC resolution is in compliance with the new CPD Law or the Republic Act 10912 entitled Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016. The measure sponsored by Senator  Antonio Trillanes in the upper chamber, lapsed into law last July 21, 2016 after former President Benigno Aquino III neither signed or vetoed it.

Last October 17, PRC said that it will fully implement the CPD requirements in the first quarter of 2017 in compliance of the new law, giving enough time for Boards to "promulgate the general Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which is mandated within six months from the effectivity of the said Act. Each Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) shall issue its own operational guidelines for the implementation of CPD Program."

In the recent PNA National Convention 2016, the Board of Nursing announced that the formulation of implementing rules and regulation of the law is now ongoing, and it will be ready around December 2016.

In the pre-convention summit, PNA also announced that they will conduct seminar/workshop entitled "Continuing Professional Development: Framework for Quality Assurance Program for Filipino Nurses" on November 23, 2016. will update you on what will come out of that seminar, and other information regarding the new CPD requirements. Please Like our Facebook page

Monday, October 24, 2016

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DOH Usec. Tong-An clarifies statement on NDP nurses regularization

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Roger Tong-An issued an official statement clarifying his announcement regarding the regularization of Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) nurses.

Tong-An revealed during the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) National Convention 2016 that the DOH has a plan to regularize nurses in the future, "as part of agency's efforts to stop contractual employees in the bureaucracy."

Nurses in social media thought that the implementation would be immediate, with some expecting that it will happen next year 2017.

But the first nurse selected as DOH undersecretary clarified that implementation will take some time.

"The DOH has set a target within three years when a substantial number of nurses are given decent work in the health sector on a full time basis," he said.

He also made clarifications on the nurse managers taking over the job of doctors as municipal health officers (MHO). Here's his full statement as posted in Facebook:

I am clarifying an announcement I made during the convention of Philippine Nurses Associatio (PNA), one of the largest nursing organization in the country. This is in relation to the Department of Health's (DOH) plans to regularize these nurses as part of agency's efforts to stop contractual employees in the bureaucracy. This will take sometime not immediately as it was interpreted in social media postings. The DOH has set a target within three years when a substantial number of nurses are given decent work in the health sector on a full time basis.

In the same conference, I also announced future plans for nurse managers who will eventually replace municipal health officers (MHOs) in managing local government unit health programs in rural health units with MHOs focusing on patient care. This is to attract a new cadre of public health professionals who will champion public health at the grassroots. This merits further study and serious dialogue with many health professionals so that their roles are clarified. If this is feasible and acceptable then an enabling law may be needed for this to become reality.

Nurses, what's your thoughts on this recent announcement by Usec. Tong-An? You may comment below.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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POEA lists 9th Batch of Matched Nurses, Caregivers under PJEPA

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has listed a total of 39 nurses and 300 caregivers selected as candidates under the Philippine - Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).

Ratified in 2008, PJEPA is the first bilateral agreement entered by the Philippines with Japan, which include trade in goods, services, investments, movement of natural persons, intellectual property, government procurement, competition, improvement of business environment, and cooperation.

This is the 9th batch of candidates under such agreement.

The candidates listed below are advised to undergo first medical at any DOH ACCREDITED MEDICAL CLINIC FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT: BASIC PEME (Pre-Employment Medical Examination), plus additional laboratory test: SGOT/SGPT and ESR).

Friday, October 21, 2016

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No need for IV therapy training, says DOH Usec

Filipino nurses don't need to renew their training for IV therapy, according to Department of Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-An.

IV Therapy traing is three-day program designed by to enhance the nurses' knowledge, skills and attitude in the delivery of their expanded role as intravenous nurse therapists. Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP) is the nursing organization mandated to administer and accredit basic IVT training for nurses.

Tong-An, the first nurse selected named as undersecretary in the health department, first discussed this stand in IV therapy training together with other pressing issues in the nurse profession during the PNA Pre-Convention and Chapter President's Summit at PNA National Office last October 16, 2016.

PNA GenSan Chapter posted the following updates from the summit including inputs from Usec. Tong-an:
"DOH Usec. Roger Tong-an updated on the issues concerning Nurses' welfare and benefits, and Philippine Health Agenda, Universal Health Care.
- informing that 21,000 available Plantilla positions for nurses and other health workers, increase in salary and the abolition of mandated iv training requirements. PHILHEALTH reimbursement, creation of Research Bureau @ DOH to mention a few."

In multiple occasions during the PNA National Convention 2016, Usec. Tong-An also reiterated that there is NO NEED to renew training for IV Therapy.

"To all nurses who wish to renew their IVT card, NO NEED TO RENEW!," he posted when asked for clarification.

Nurses for Change advocacy group has been asking DOH and hospitals to remove IV Therapy certification as requirement in hiring registered nurses. The group claims that "ANSAP has made it de facto mandatory to have IV Therapy training in most hospitals only through having its network of chief nurses simultaneously require their staff to undergo such tranings."

"There is NO LEGAL BASIS in requiring RNs to undergo IV Therapy training. Even worse, the IV therapy training's cost is 6x greater than the renewal of a nurse's PRC license itself," the group posted in their Facebook page.

"Since RA 9173 became a law, the requirement of RA 7164 (the Philippine Nursing act of 1991) to have "special training" for the administration of intravenous medications, has been completely removed. Under the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, the administration of parenteral medications no longer needs any additional training as per Section 28, The Scope of Nursing."

Former Congresswoman Leah Paquiz of Ang Nars Partylist also touched the matter in her speech during the PNA National Convention. She asked ANSAP to look into the nurses' situation in undergoing expensive trainings only to end with contractual jobs.

Dr. Elsa Castro of ANSAP responded that every institution has their own way of accepting applicants but ANSAP is looking after the details of whether the application requirements are valid for purposes of standardization.

Dr. George Cordero, President of the Philippine College of Health Sciences Inc., admitted that IV Therapy certification is indeed institutional. But he observed that the quality of education is not standardized despite that the training cost is around PHP 3,000.00.

He recommended that it should be included in the curriculum for 4th year Nursing or through in-service training in hospitals.

What's your thoughts on this latest update on IV Therapy training, nurses? Please comment below. [With reports from Ang Nars partylist, Nurses for Change Movement, PNA GenSan Facebook pages]
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PRC releases September 2016 NLE results in Middle East

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has finally released the results of Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) given in Middle East countries this September 2016. Check below for complete list of passers.

PRC-Board of Nursing announces that a total of 435 out of 1,255 passed the Special Professional Licensure Board Exam (SPLBE) for nurses given in: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al-Khobar, Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar and in Kuwait last September 14 and 15, 2016.

The members of the Board of Nursing who gave the licensure examination are Marian Grace A. Gascon, Chairman; Gloria B. Arcos, Carmelita C. Divinagracia, Carfredda P. Dumlao, Glenda S. Arquiza, Florence C. Cawaon and Cora A. Anonuevo, Members.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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DOH: Regularization soon for NDP nurses

Good news to all nurses under the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP), for they will soon be regularized by the Department of Health (DOH).

PNA National Convention 2016

Health undersecretary Roger Tong-an revealed this plan during the discussion with Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) executives in the PNA National Convention 2016 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Quezon City.

Usec. Tong-An spoke about the issue of the NDP contractualization and mentioned about its regularization in the near future.

"Regular positions will be implemented soon for Nurse Deployment Program. It is difficult to secure plantilla positions, but regularization is a step," said Tong-An.

Tong-An also tackles on improving the nursing system by starting to fill-in over 2,000 plantilla nursing positions. He is calling for the support of all nurses to make this happen.

Change is also coming to the local health system in 2017 as public health nurses (PHN) will then be municipal health officers (MHO).

"Municipal Health Officers will now be Nurse Managers and not doctors, since doctors will focus on clinical experiences," he added.

This was also divulged by Senator Pia Hontiveros, one the guest speakers in the convention. "Municipal health officers shall already be nurses as well. This is the #PhilippineHealthAgenda! Magbabago ang lahat," she exclaimed.

Hontiveros added that Super Barangay Health Stations shall be in place by next year and will also be handled by nurses.

Nurses, what do you think of these plans highlighted in the ongoing PNA National Convention 2016? Let us know your thoughts through our comment system below. [via PNA Facebook]

Friday, October 14, 2016

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Safe Nurse Staffing Levels are Vital to Deliver Quality Patient Care, says International Council of Nurses Workforce Forum

Participants in the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) 22nd annual International Workforce Forum (IWFF) called on all governments to do more to educate and retain nurses and achieve a greater level of self-sufficiency in the supply of nurses. The IWFF was held in Washington DC from 26 to 28 September.

Formed of ICN member associations representing frontline nurses from nine countries, the IWFF understands the huge challenges and pressures nurses work under on a daily basis and their commitment to deliver safe and high quality care. However, IWFF recognises that nurses are currently stretched, under resourced and feeling undervalued.

These are all key issues which ICN is addressing through its workforce forums and other activities. The Forum identified that investment and support in nursing workforce is urgently needed not just for wellbeing of nurses but also for the health and safety of patients.

The Forum’s discussion focused around safe staffing and identified common themes, including the dilution of skill mix; the role of the registered nurses; the existing lack of value and recognition of the nursing role; the impact of immigration and emigration; understaffing in different sectors; and nursing in zones of conflict.

In a communiqué released following the Forum, participants said, “We renew our call on nurse leaders, trade unions and professional organisations to campaign for the use of tools, systems and processes to achieve safe staffing levels, decent working conditions, and better, safer future for patients and the nurses who care for them. And, we add to this call the need for employers to engage positively in this dialogue.”

In the wake of the U.N. High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth report release, participants also welcomed the recommendations and emphasised the urgent need for a change in political mind-set reframing health as an investment and not a drain.

“Nursing associations are important partners in achieving this new mind-set,” said Dr Frances Hughes, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our members understand the reality of the workplace and support nurses’ need to deliver care. They are committed to working with ICN to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Commission.”

The challenges posed by an increasingly ageing population were also discussed, with age care sector showing consistently worse levels of staffing. Recent and on-going events sparked concern for nurses working in conflict zones and disaster-stricken areas, where the health of the population hinges on the safety of a recurrently targeted workforce.

Hosted by the American Nurses Association (ANA), this year’s agenda was chaired by Cheryl Peterson, ANA’s Senior Director and Howard Catton, ICN’s Director, Nursing and Health Policy and featured interventions by guest speakers.

The ICN Workforce Forums are held annually and hosted by volunteer member NNAs. In addition to the international WFF, ICN holds an annual Asian WFF – which will be held in November 2016 in China; and a Latin American WFF which was last held in 2014 in Cuba.