Gov't set to address rising number of nursing graduates

The government will look for other programs that could help nursing graduates get jobs after college, a Palace official said on Saturday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan Saturday that the Aquino administration will look for appropriate programs to assist nursing graduates find jobs.

Valte was responding to questions from Palace reporters who asked her how the government is addressing the rising number of nursing graduates that compete for jobs after leaving schools.

“We will have to see. We will look for other programs like the RN HEALS so we can help nursing graduates ,” Valte said.

The Palace spokesperson was referring to the Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Services (RN HEALS) program being carried out by the Department of Health that started early this year. The program that employs registered nurses and is being implemented jointly by the DOH and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Valte said that in the last two months, the DOH was able to deploy 10,000 nurses all over the country under the RN HEALs program. The nurses will help in the implementation of the conditional cash transfer program of the government.

According to Health Secretary Enrique Ona, the RN HEALS program is aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled nurses in 1,221 rural and “unserved or under-served" communities in the country for one year.

Registered nurses who qualify for the RN HEALS program are given an allowance of P8,000 per month, plus a minimum of P2,000 from the local government unit (LGU) they are serving.

LGUs are in charge to provide them board and lodging. And aside from supervising the nurses, LGUs also ensure their security.

{Source: PCOO}