HISTORY OF THE NURSING LAW Act. No. 2493 (1915) y y y y An Act to amend No.

310 regulating the Practice of Medicine in the Philippines. Provided for the examination and registration of nurses. Nurse must apply for registration to the Director of Health. Requirements: Good moral character. Good health and 21 years old

Act No. 2808 (1919) y y y y y An act regulating practice of nursing profession. The FIRST TRUE NURSING LAW. Created the board of examiners composed of three members. Examination date on the 2nd Monday of June and December. First board exam: 10920.

Act No. 3025 (1922) y y y Amplification of the definition of the Nursing Profession. Granting the privilege of registering as nurses without exams the RNs from US. Change of date of exam: 2nd Monday of April and October

Act No. 4007 (1932) y y y The reorganization law of 1932. The conduct of examination was placed under the direct supervision of Bureau of Civil Service. Change of jurisdiction over the Board of Examiner under the Department of Public Instruction

EO No. 317 (1941) y Pursuant to Commonwealth Act 430, transfer of jurisdiction of the board to the Department of Health and Public Welfare.

Republic Act No. 546 (1950) y y Reorganized and placed all the Boards under the direct supervision of the President of the Philippines. Gave the board the power to prescribe collegiate courses.

Republic Act 877 (1953) y y y Organization of the Board of Examiners for nurses. Provisions regarding nursing schools and colleges, examination, registration of nurses including sundry provisions relative to the practice of nursing. Two important sections pertained to the need for registration as nurse before anyone could practice nursing in the country. o No person shall practice or offer to practice nursing in the Philippines as defined in the Act, without holding a valid certificate of registration as nurse issued by the Board of Examiners for Nurses Not only prohibit the practice of nursing without a certificate of registration issued by the Board of Nursing but also provides the penalty for doing so.


Republic Act 4704 (1966) y y Amended certain portions of R.A. 877. The membership of the Board of Examiners for Nurses was increased from three to five members.

A. Added the powers and duties of the Board o Adopt and regulate a Code of Ethics and Code of Technical Standards for the practice of nursing within one year from the effectively of this act. Qualifications of Board Members. The minimum age required of applicants for admission to the nurse¶s examination was lowered from 21 to 18 years of age.y y y y y Members of the Board were to be appointed by the President of the Philippines with the consent of the Commission on Appointments and no longer upon the recommendation of the Commission of Civil Service. 6136 (1970) y The application and execution of legal orders in writing of physicians concerning treatments and medications including the application of hypodermic and intramuscular injection.A. management. leadership and decision making roles of the nurse. Licensure Examination and Registration o Specific dates of examination has been deleted  Specific dates of examination ± not earlier than one (1) month and not later than 2 months after the closing of each semestral term. 3. Directors and principals of Colleges and Schools of Nursing was raised to that of Master¶s Degree in Nursing. 9173 ³Philippine Nursing Act of 2002´ y y y The Board is now composed of a Chairman and six members instead of a Chairman and four members. The Commission submits to the office of the President two (2) nominees per vacancy not later than two months before the vacancy occurs. The academic qualification for Dean. three (3) nominees per vacancy. provided that intravenous and other injections may be administered under the direction and in the presence of the said physician. but no candidate who passed the examination was permitted to practice the profession until he/she reached the age of 21 years. R. or other allied medical profession provided that the Chairperson and majority of the members are holders of a Master¶s degree in nursing o Of the ten years of continuous practice of the profession prior to appointment. No person was eligible for membership in the board if he/she was over 65 years of age. The requisite academic degree for members of the Board was a Master¶s Degree. o Educational requirement for members of the Board is not limited to registered nurses with Master¶s degree in nursing but also to registered nurses with master¶s degrees in education. 2. not later than three months before the vacancy. R. y y y y R. Submission of names of qualified nominees by the Accredited Professional Organization (APO) to the Commission. Updating a faculty¶s educational qualification by requiring a Master¶s Degree in Nursing or related fields or its equivalent in terms of experience and specification as pre-requisite to teaching. Inclusion of the phrase ³Unethical conduct´ as one of the reasons for revocation and suspension of certificate of registration. The use of nursing process as a scientific discipline in arriving at an appropriate nursing action and care.A.A. The teaching. the last five (5) years must be in the Philippines. o Recognize specialty organization in coordination with accredited professional organization. Requiring a faculty member who was appointed to the Board of Nursing to resign from his/her teaching position at the time of appointment and not one year preceding his/her appointment as provided in R. The undertaking of and participation in studies and research by nurses. instead of Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. Act 7164 ³Philippine Nursing Act of 1991´ y Redefinition of the scope of nursing practice to emphasize: 1. y y y . Specification of qualifications of administrators of nursing services. The appointment must be issued not later than thirty (30) days before scheduled licensure examination. 877.

Republic Act 349 ± Legalizes the use of human organs for surgical.  Added: Special training for suturing the Lacerated perineum Note: This is being undertaken by the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP) with the Maternal and Child Association of the Philippines (MCNAP) Health human resource production and Utilization additions o Comprehensive Nursing Specialty Program. 28g for practicing the profession during the period of suspension o Period of Suspension of the certificate of registration/professional license not to exceed four (4) years. industrial or agricultural establishment to furnish free emergency.y y y y o Specific age of applicants has been deleted. for Nursing Practice and policies of the Board and of the Commission o Added: Sec. Republic Act 1054 ± Requires the owner. while the form of government is Republican government. Code of Technical Standards. Code of Ethics. Nursing Education o Added: Requirement for inactive nurses returning to practice ± Nurse who have not actively practiced the profession shall undergo one (1) month of didactic training and three (3) months of practicum o Qualifications of Faculty ± Requirement of clinical experience in a field of specialization has been reduced from three (3) years to one (1) year in a field of specialization o The Dean of the College of Nursing must have at least five 95) years of experience in teaching and supervising a nursing education program. The Board is mandated to formulate and develop a comprehensive nursing specialty program that would upgrade the level of skills and competency of specialty nurse clinicians in the country. Republic Act 1080 ± Civil Service Eligibility Republic Act 1082 ± Rural Health Unit Act Republic Act 1136 ± Act recognizing the Division of Tuberculosis in the DOH Republic Act 1612 ± Privilege Tax/Professional tax/omnibus tax should be paid January 31 of each year Republic Act 1891 ± Act strengthening Health and Dental services in the rural areas Republic Act 2382 ± Philippine Medical Act which regulates the practice of medicines in the Philippines . Ratings o Specific number of times an examinee may take the licensure examination has been deleted o Added: Removal examination shall be taken within two (2) years after the last failed examination. Nursing Practice o Scope of Nursing ± Duties and responsibilities of the Nurse  Deleted: Special training for intravenous injections but Nursing Service Administrators still require formal training for the safety of the patient and the protection of the nurse and of the institution. medical and scientific purposes. lessee or operator of any commercial. medical and dental assistance to his employees and laborers. Revocation and Suspension of Certificate of Registration o Added: Implementing Rules and Regulations.  Functions of Law of Nursing     Provides a framework for establishing what nursing actions in the care of patients are legal delineates the nurse¶s responsibilities from those of other professionals Helps to establish the boundaries of independent nursing actions\ Assists in maintaining a standard of nursing practice by making nurses accountable to the law Laws and Regulations Affecting Nursing Practice in the Philippines REPUBLIC ACT ± an act passed by the Congress of the Philippines. y NURSING JURISPRUDENCE   Department of law which comprises all the legal rules and principles affecting the practice of nursing Includes the study and interpretation of rules and principles and their application in the regulation of the practice of nursing.

to receive directly or indirectly any gifts or valuable things Presidential Decree 48 ± Limits benefits of paid maternity leave privileges to four children Presidential Decree 69 ± Limits the number of children to four (4) tax exemption purposes Presidential Decree 79 ± Population Commission Presidential Decree 147 ± Declares April and May as National Immunization Day Presidential Decree 148 ± Regulation on Woman and Child Labor Law . Presidential Decree 46 ± An act making it punishable for any public officials or employee. and for other purposes. Republic Act 6972 ± Day care center in every Barangay Republic Act 7160 ± Local Government Code Republic Act 7164 ± Philippine Nursing Act of 1991 Republic Act 7170 ± Law that govern organ donation Republic Act 7192 ± Women in development nation building Republic Act 7277 ± Magna Carta of Disabled Persons Republic Act 7305 ± The Magna Carta of public Health Workers Republic Act 7392 ± Philippine Midwifery Act of 1992 Republic Act 7432 ± Senior Citizen Act Republic Act 7600 ± Rooming In and Breastfeeding Act of 1992 Republic Act 7610 ± Special protection of children against abuse. Republic Act 6675 ± Generics Act of 1988 Republic Act 6713 ± Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees Republic Act 6725 ± Act strengthening the prohibition on discrimination against women with respect to terms and condition of employment Republic Act 6727 ± Wage Rationalization Act Republic Act 6758 ± Standardized the salaries Republic Act 6809 ± Majority age is 18 years old.Republic Act 2644 ± Philippine Midwifery Act Republic Act 3573 ± Law on reporting of Communicable Diseases Republic Act 4073 ± Liberalized treatment of Leprosy Republic Act 4226 ± Hospital Licensure Act requires all hospital to be licensed before it can operative Republic Act 5181 ± Act prescribing permanent residence and reciprocity as qualifications for any examination or registration for the practice of any profession in the Philippines Republic Act 5821 ± The Pharmacy Act Republic Act 5901 ± 40 hours work for hospital workers Republic Act 6111 ± Medicare Act Republic Act 6365 ± Established a National Policy on Population and created the Commission on population Republic Act 6425 ± Dangerous Drug Act of 1992 Republic Act 6511 ± Act to standardize the examination and registration fees charged by the National Boards. whether of the national or local government. exploitation and discrimination act Republic Act 7624 ± Drug Education Law Republic Act 7641 ± New Retirement Law Republic Act 7658 ± An act prohibiting the employment of children below 15 years of age Republic Act 7719 ± National Blood Service Act of 1994 Republic Act 7875 ± National Health Insurance Act of 1995 Republic Act 7876 ± Senior Citizen Center of every Barangay Republic Act 7877 ± Anti-sexual harassment Act of 1995 Republic Act 7883 ± Barangay Health workers Benefits and Incentives Act of 1992 Republic Act 8042 ± Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 Republic Act 8172 ± Asin Law Republic Act 8187 ± Paternity Leave Act of 1995 Republic Act 8203 ± Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs Republic Act 8282 ± Social Security Law of 1997 (amended RA 1161) Republic Act 8291 ± Government Service Insurance System Act of 1997 (amended PD 1146) Republic Act 8344 ± Hospital Doctors to treat emergency cases referred for treatment Republic Act 8423 ± Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Medicine Republic Act 8424 ± Personal tax Exemption Republic Act 8749 ± The Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 Republic Act 8981 ± PRC Modernization Act of 2000 Republic Act 9165 ± Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 Republic Act 9173 ± Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 Republic Act 9288 ± Newborn Screening Act PRESIDENTIAL DEGREE ± An Order of the President. This power of the President which allows him/her to act as legislators was exercised during the Marshall Law period.

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