Nurses court Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ support on proposed amendments to Philippine Nursing Act of 2002

17 April 2013

17-April-2013-Courtesy-Call-NursesFilipino nurses have asked the support of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. in their effort to amend the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 meant to strengthen the practice of the profession here in the country.

This was learned after a group composed by Professional Regulation Commission-Board of Nursing member Leonila Faire, Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) national president Noel Cadete and PNA Region 9 Gov. Ms. Narissa Alonso paid a courtesy call to the senator last April 15, 2013 for the purpose.

The nurses’ group sought the support of Marcos after Senate failed to approve the Senate Bill 2988, which contained amendments to the Nursing Act of 2002.

Faire’s group requested Marcos to co-author the bill, originally filed by Sen. Ralph Recto, when it is re-filed in the Senate in the coming 16th Congress.

“I’ll look at it. If everything’s okay I’ll file it. I’ll also mention this to Sen. Ralph, kung sasabayan ko s’ya if he wants to continue to support the bill,” Marcos said.

Among the proposed changes in the current nursing law include the expansion of the role of the nurse beyond general practice to include advance and specialty nursing services.

There proposed amendments also include provisions intended to improve the quality of the nursing profession with, among others, an entrance exam to restrict enrolment into nursing courses.

In addition, the bill seeks to compel nursing graduates to apply for and take immediately after graduation the Nursing Licensure Examination, which requires as passing rate a general average of 75%.

The bill likewise seeks to cap to a maximum of 3 chances a graduate can take the board exam. Anybody who failed the exam twice would be required to take a refresher course before being allowed to take the board for the third and final time.

There were also higher educational requirements for deans and faculty members of nursing schools.

To prevent exploitation, the bill prohibits volunteer service of nurses in any health setting. There were complaints earlier that some health institutions require new nurses to pay fees, under the guise of training, when they work there to gain experience.