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PROJECT DESCRIPTION RNheals intends to address the surplus in inexperienced nurses, promote health of the people and bring the government closer to them. The project will deploy nurses in rural and underserved communities for a period of one year. Nurses under this project will undergo learning and development in accordance with the roles and functions required by this project. A certificate of competency and employment will be given to those who have satisfactorily completed their engagement with the project. While on deployment, nurses will be given an allowance to cover for their meals, transportation and other incidental expenses. Competencies gained by the nurses upon completion of the training cum deployment project shall cover both clinical and public health. TARGET AREAS Community based volunteer nurses will be deployed in all regions and provinces nationwide where DSWS’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is being implemented as well as DOH Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEMONC) facilities are being upgraded/strengthened. BENEFICIARIES Ten thousand registered nurses will undergo learning and development during their deployment; 2.3 million household will benefit from delivery of health services. GAIN The project will provide the registered nurses with an allowance of Php8, 000.00 per month; A total of 10,000 nurses shall undergo learning and development during the deployment period to enhance their community and clinical health competencies to increase their employability; The project will address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses, both domestic and international through a structured competency development program.
The project will also augment the nursing workforce of health facilities from identified CCT and BEMONC areas of needed clinical and public health nurses. Department of Health (DOH). DOH shall: Lead in the implementation of the learning. and the Professional Regulation Commission – Board of Nursing (PRC-BON). Craft the Orientation and Training Module for community based volunteer nurses in collaboration with partner agencies for the BEMONC areas. Lead in the formulation of policies and implementation guidelines of the project in collaboration with partner agencies. theDepartment of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Collaborate with DOH in the formulation of policies and implementation guidelines of the project. DSWD shall: Identify participating communities and health facilities (CCT areas). Overseas and monitoring the project implementation. Assess the quality of healthcare in the identified communities. Lead in the orientation and exit conference of the trainee nurses. PROJECT IMPLEMENTERS The community bases nurses deployment shall be a joint project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Craft the orientation and Training Module for community based volunteer nurses in collaboration with partner agencies for the CCT areas. regional/provincial health officers of government and Local Government Units shall also be involved in the implementation of the project. Lead in the monitoring and evaluation of the community based volunteer nurse. development and deployment of nurses. . The Philippine Nursing Association (PNA). DOLE shall: Lead in the recruitment activities for the project.CCT and BEMONC areas will benefit from improved health care services.
PRC-BON shall: Validate license of nurse applicants. DOH. Program Coverage Unemployed registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and who meet the following requirements may qualify under RNheals: With valid PRC license. DOLE. In collaboration with PNA. Exercise administrative and technical supervision over the community based volunteer nurses. Assist in the formulation of orientation and training modules and related learning and development activities. conduct periodic competency assessment of the nurses. Provide modes board and lodging.Receive applications and screen nurse applicants for training. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the community based volunteer nurses. Resident of the identified CCT area/s. Support nursing activities in the areas. . Develop journal templates and competency assessment tool for nurses. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the community based volunteer nurses. Philippine Nurses Association shall: Collaborate with partner agencies in the development of modules. Regional/Provincial Offices of DSWD. Development code of discipline for the nurse in the project. Local Government Units shall: Ensure the safety and security of the community based volunteer nurses. PRC-BON shall: Exercise administrative and technical supervision over the community based volunteer nurses. Conduct periodic competency assessment of the nurses. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the project.
Medical certificate issued by government hospitals stating that the applicant is fit to work. seeks to make essential health services available to all Filipinos and to contribute to the eradication of poverty and hunger. This will beneﬁt some 2. The regions with the most number of municipalities with both DOH and DSWD programs include: Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) with 48 municipalities. Region IV-B (MiMaRoPa) with 26.221 rural and unserved or underserved communities for one year. promotion of gender equality.” an acronym for Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service. Region VII (Central Visayas) with . reduction of child mortality.000 unemployed registered nurses in communities for the improvement of local health systems and support the country’s attainment of its Millennium Development Goals targets. and NARS Project drop-outs will not be considered Poor communities in the country can hope that their access to health care services will be eased as the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched in February the training cum deployment of 10.3 million households from the delivery of health services. Community-based volunteer nurses will be deployed in all regions and provinces nationwide where DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is being implemented as well as the DOH’s Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric and Neonatal Care facilities under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program are being upgraded. Region V (Bicol Region) with 33. and improvement of maternal health. RN HEALS is also expected to address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses in 1. The project billed “RN HEALS.
Philippine Regulation CommissionBoard of Nursing (PRC-BON).” DOH Secretary Enrique T. and ARMM with 20. Recruitment and Selection At the height of the Senate investigation that looked into reports of registered nurses on onthe-job-training (OJT) who are made to pay for their training. ensures their safety and security. The DSWD has identiﬁed participating communities and health facilities. are given an allowance of Php 8. Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) and the local government units (LGUs). and certiﬁcation. This translates to about Php 366 per day for a 40 hours training/work week. LGUs were encouraged to provide additional allowances and beneﬁts worth at least P2. while on deployment.23. the Project would be able to address the proliferation of these socalled “volunteer OJT nurses. the DOH will assess the quality of healthcare in the said communities. Likewise. RN HEALS. Volunteer nurses will undergo learning and development during their deployment. the DOH and DSWD announced the RN HEALS Project through a press conference on January 12.000 for these nurses. is in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Ona and DSWD Undersecretary Alice Bala said that the nurses. work experience. In a way. and provides modest board and lodging. a priority project in the Aquino Health Agenda. instead of being hired as regular hospital staﬀ.000 per month by the DOH. and during the course of the deployment of nurses. PhilHealth and the Government . The LGU where the nurses are assigned supervises them. The DOH and DSWD have crafted orientation and training module for these nurses. Northern Leyte in Eastern Visayas is the province with the highest (33) number of both DOH and DSWD programs.
A certiﬁcate of competency and employment will be given by the DOH. these nurses will be part of the pool of competent nurses for later employment or absorption in health facilities. and an orientation was held on February 11-12 in their provincial centers of assignment prior to deployment. thus addressing the inadequate supply of skilled nurses and increasing the nurses’ employment rate. Registered nurses who are physically and mentally ﬁt. “Eventually. DSWD and the PRC-BON to registered nurses who have satisfactorily completed their engagement with the project. The PRC-BON and the PNA participated in the development of modules. They underwent learning and development in accordance with the roles and functions required by the project.” Ona concluded. and willing to serve in their municipalities applied online at the DOLE website from January 17 to February 4.Service Insurance System provided group insurance to the nurses while private corporations were encouraged to chip in through their available resources. Preference was given to residents of the municipalities covered by the DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement and DSWD’s CCT programs. . development of journal templates and competency assessment of these nurses. The list of successful applicants with their areas of assignment were posted online at the DOLE website from February 7-10. The competencies that will be gained by the nurses upon completion of the training cum deployment project will cover both clinical and public health practice.
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