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The Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service (RN HEALS) of DOLE

The Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service (RN HEALS) was launched by the Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the cooperation of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) , Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Philippine Nursing Association (PNA) and local government units (LGU) to address the deficiency of professional nurses and healthcare providers in identified rural and underprivileged areas in the Philippines and make essential healthcare services accessible and available to more Filipinos. This corrects the seeming irony that despite having an oversupply of nurses, healthcare service in the Philippines remains unreachable to many Filipinos especially in the remote areas.  And hitting two birds at one stroke, this project also addresses the shortage of job opportunities to many registered nurses in the Philippines who are either unemployed or underemployed.

The RN Heals project is fundamentally similar with the NARS (Nurses Assigned to Rural Service) project of former Pres. Gloria Arroyo except that the contract of employment only lasted for 6 months. RN Heals basically expanded the project to employ approximately 10,000 Filipino nurses and deploy and assign them for 1 year in public and clinical service in identified areas in the Philippines.  The nurses employed under the RN Heals program will be given an allowance of P8,000 a month by the DOH is in the respective local government units where they are deployed.  Aside from providing their regular monthly compensation, the LGUs are also tasked to ensure the safety and security of the nurses which included providing them with decent accommodation or board and lodging. LGUs are further asked to give additional benefits to the nurses amounting to P2,000 per month. Aside from these, the Phil Health and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will also provide social insurance benefits to the nurses during their term of employment. The regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were tasked to manage the collection and recruitment of nurses for the program.  Interested applicants can apply online via the DOLE website. At the moment, applications are closed because all vacancies are filled.

The program has a three-fold success. First of, it helped in making the much needed health care service accessible especially to poor in the remote areas of the country which promotes the general welfare of the Filipino people. Second, it provided nurses with more job opportunities, which is especially critical during this time of oversupply of nurses.  Thus, it helped our graduates to become productive citizens of the country.  Thirdly, it provides our nurses aiming for abroad to attain the working experience often required to qualify for overseas employment.  However, the project provides such nurses the opportunity to serve their Filipino brethren first before leaving for abroad.

Under these circumstances, the RN Heals project is indeed a laudable project of the government which should be regularly continued.  After all, the need for health care service in the rural areas and the need for employment or job experience of our new nursing graduates is also a continuing activity.

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  1. Ronald Angeles Reply

    i am willing to work as dole nurse , i hope my wish will be granted. more power

  2. Ronald Angeles Reply

    Hello, i am registered nurse here in the phils.i graduated last oct.2008. i have 1 year experienced as a staff nurse at guimaras provincial hospital. I am honest, responsible, hard working, god fearing , i am willing to learn with less supervision and to be able to enhance my skills and knowlegde related to my profession.

  3. 12/01/27

    Registered nurses (RN) make up the largest occupation in the healthcare industry. RNs work with patients and their families to prevent disease, promote health and assist ill patients. When working directly with patients, a registered nurse observes and records patient symptoms, administers medication, and assists in surgery or treatment. Other registered nurses work in administration. They oversee nursing stations or work within the community teaching about healthy lifestyles.

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