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Body of Ilonggo nurse killed in New Zealand quake identified

November 2, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The remains of one of the two missing Ilonggo nurses trapped in a building that collapsed in February 22 earthquake in Christchurch City in New Zealand has been identified.

The body of Valquin Bensurto, 23, from Jaro District in Iloilo City, was identified among those recovered from the collapsed Canterbury Television (CTV) Building, Bensurto’s elder sister Ronisa Bensurto-Agraviador told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

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CHEd Eyes Repeaters’ Re-Take Limit Of Nursing Exams

November 2, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

ILOILO CITY — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) in Western Visayas wants to limit the rights of repeaters to re-take the nursing licensure examination.

According to Dr. Rex Casiple, CHEd assistant regional director, repeaters pulled down the passing percentage of 16 nursing schools in Western Visayas, which otherwise performed well during the November 2009 nursing board examinations. » Continue Reading

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Filipino kin still full of hope; NZ rescuers give up search

November 1, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Families of Cebuano nurses buried in the quake’s rubble could not accept the announcement that there were no more survivors.

Dr. Ethel Uy, aunt of nurse Rhea Mae Sumalpong, said the family still believed she is alive. But rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors of New Zealand’s devastating earthquake, saying on Thursday that no one trapped in rubble when the disaster struck nine days earlier could still be alive.

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Nurses swamp DoLE for rural jobs

October 30, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Only a day after it announced that it was recruiting nurses for rural health work, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) was swamped by more than 15,000 applicants, a labor official said Tuesday.

DoLE spokesperson Nicon Fameronag said that as of 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, 15,858 online applicants had registered for the 10,000 slots of the RN Heals employment program.

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House Leaders Seek Probe of Nursing OJT

October 29, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

MANILA, Philippines—House leaders on Saturday called for an investigation into the pernicious practice of levying fees on registered nurses seeking on-the-job training with hospitals and medical institutions.

According to House Assistant Majority Leader Karlo Alexei Nograles

Why should nurses be treated this way? This is an immoral and unacceptable practice, if indeed this is true

Nograles said that while Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has stated that the practice does not violate any labor laws, it is against declared public policy, public morals and the Civil Code.

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MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE FREE MEDICINES TO BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

October 26, 2014 Category :Nursing News 1

The Department of Health, represented by Health Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan, and the Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. (PCSI) forged a Memorandum of Agreement to provide free medicines to breast cancer patients to be pilot initially in four hospitals, namely Philippine General Hospital (PGH), East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), Rizal Medical Center (RMC) and the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center. The free medicines and services, worth approximately P45 M, will provide treatment for those cases detected early. Also in photo from left are PCSI Executive Director Dr. Rachel Marie Rosario, PGH Director Dr. Eric Domingo, PCSI Chairman Dr. Roberto Paterno, Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis from the EAMC, RMC Director Dr. Relito Saquilayan and Dr. Rolando Bautista from PITC Pharma. 29 October 2010, MRU-DOH

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Double victory for CNU – 5 in top 10, 98.08% passing rate

October 20, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

THE result of the July 2010 Nursing Licensure Examination was a double victory for the Cebu Normal University (CNU). Aside of having five topnotchers, the school also landed in the top 10 among the 209 nursing schools (with 100 and more examinees) in the country in terms of the national passing percentage rate.

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More want to be doctors as global demand for nurses declines

October 19, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Amid the decline in the global demand for Filipino nurses, more graduates of science-related courses are now pursuing a degree in medicine, the Board of Medicine said over the weekend.

Board of Medicine member Jose Cueto said the lessening of employment opportunities for nurses abroad seems to have contributed to the increase in National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) examinees.

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The only Filipino nurse to pass Japan’s nursing exam

October 17, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Nurse Ever Lalin, like others in the first batch of 98 nurses and caregivers who went to Japan May last year for a training stint preparatory to taking the Japanese nursing licensure exam, had no prior lessons in the Niponggo language.

“Halimaw ah (A monster’s feat),” cheered nurse bloggers when it was announced last March that Ever, 34, was the only Filipino to pass the difficult licensure exam and the only foreign applicant to get it on the first try. Two Indonesians who had arrived a year earlier also passed. The exam included a proficiency test in “kanji,” Chinese characters that are a mindset away from those schooled in the Roman alphabet.

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Foreign nurses in Japan decry tough pass-or-go-home exams

October 17, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

TOKYO—Japan allows hundreds of Southeast Asian nurses to work on short-term contracts, but the health-care workers say the exams they must pass for the right to stay longer are so tough that almost all flunk them.

Nurses and care-givers from Indonesia and the Philippines are now asking their host country to relax the requirements that force them to quickly learn thousands of Japanese characters and medical terms on top of their work duties.

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Envoy appeals US blacklisting of Pinoy PT grads

October 15, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The Philippines’ ambassador to the United States is urging American licensure authorities to defer the implementation of a 1-year ban on Filipino physical therapy (PT) graduates who want to take the US National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

In a press release, Philippine Ambassador to the US Willy Gaa said he is asking the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, which administers the NPTE, to allow Filipino PT graduates who are already in the US to take the test.

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Judge Sides With Pinoy Nurse Fired For Speaking in Tagalog

October 14, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

FAIRFAX, Virginia – The Maryland Department of Labor reversed an order that withheld unemployment benefits from one of three Filipina nurses who were fired from a Baltimore hospital for speaking Tagalog.

Administrative judge Stuart Breslow sided with the nurses when he said in his ruling that no patient was ever put in danger when they spoke Tagalog during their break.

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Pinoy PTs dreams crushed after US exam ban

October 13, 2014 Category :Announcements| Nursing News 0

Filipinos here and back home are venting their dismay, distress and in many instances, seething anger over a US group’s decision to stop licensure examinations for physical therapists from the Philippines and 3 other countries.

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More than five million people receiving HIV treatment

October 13, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

WHO advises earlier treatment among people with HIV

19 JULY 2010 | GENEVA | VIENNA — An estimated 5.2 million people in low and middle-income countries were receiving life-saving HIV treatment at the end of 2009, according to the latest update from WHO.

WHO estimates that 1.2 million people started treatment in 2009, bringing the total number of people receiving treatment to 5.2 million, compared to 4 million at the end of 2008.

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WHO launches Global Network of Age-friendly Cities

October 12, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Urban environments that allow older people to remain active and healthy

WHO launches the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities as part of a broader response to the rapid ageing of populations. Populations in almost every corner of the world are growing older. The greatest changes are occurring in less-developed countries. By 2050, it is estimated that 80% of the expected 2 billion people aged 60 years or over will live in low or middle income countries. The Network aims to help cities create urban environments that allow older people to remain active and healthy participants in society. Positive contribution of older people

While the response to population ageing has often focussed on the implications for governments of increasing demand for pensions and health care, WHO tries to place more emphasis on the positive contributions older people make to society. “Older people are a vital, and often overlooked, resource for families and for society.” said Dr John Beard. Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course at WHO ” Their contribution will only be fully realised if they maintain their health and if the barriers that prevent them engaging in family and community life are broken down”.
Supporting active and healthy ageing

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Healthcare Job Opportunities In Oman

October 12, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

EDI-STAFFBUILDERS INTERNATIONAL, INC., is considered a premier international Search & Recruitment solutions provider from the Philippines. They are recognized as the global recruitment service provider of multi-cultural talents to our clientele and is approaching its 31 years of existence in global recruitment, continues to provide PROFESSIONALS for the HEALTHCARE Industry. It is noteworthy to mention that they have provided recruitment assistance and successfully deployed Healthcare workers to Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Their principal in Oman are in need of healthcare professionals with the
following qualifications:

CLINICAL OPTOMETRIST
Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s Degree / Doctor in Optometry
– Minimum 5 years experience as Clinical Optometrist
– Must be able to do refraction for patients
– Must be able to measure pupil size using Pupilometer
– Must be able to do surgical assistance for LASIK / LASEK surgeries
– Must know how to make calculations for LASIK / LASEK surgeries
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The Nursing Profession Under Siege

October 10, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

An estimated 187,000 Filipino nurses are unemployed. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) says these nurses are competing for some 70,000 nursing positions in private and public hospitals. But as if that were not enough, the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) admits the problem of unemployment in the nursing profession may just have gotten bigger.

According to PNA President Dr. Tita Barcelo

Another 92,000 nursing students took the board exams last Saturday. By statistics, 50% or less would pass, so you could expect [at least] 35,000 to be added to the swelling number of unemployed.

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Nursing Out, Agribusiness In As Top Job Generator

October 9, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Nursing is out, agribusiness is in.

Students who want to land local jobs easily after graduation should take note of the country’s key employment generators in the next five to 10 years, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

The Labor Department said agribusiness topped the list of key employment generators in its study of the labor market in various regions in the next five to 10 years.

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US Raises Alarm Over Nursing Shortage

October 8, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The United States is experiencing a deep nursing shortage that is expected to further intensify in the face of the increasing need for health care primarily because of the aging American population.

The shortage is compounded by the fact that nursing colleges and universities across the country, struggling to expand enrollment levels, have not been producing the number of graduates to meet the demand.
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Pinoy Nurses Win vs Sentosa in NY Court

October 6, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

A group of Filipino health workers, accused of violating provisions of their contract, won a round against their employers in a New York City court.

In his ruling, New York Supreme Court Judge Stephen A. Bucaria did not let the 27 Filipino nurses and a physical therapist pay their employers the $25,000 “liquidated damages” for not complying with the provisions of the contract.

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