Thursday, August 06, 2015

[Vital Signs Column] Compulsory continuing education of nurses, is it beneficial?

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Nurse's Notes
August 2015 Column

Wondering about completing those Continuing Professional Education units in Nursing before getting renewed of your license? Recently, the Senate Committee on Civil Service & Government Reorganization being chaired by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV passed in final reading Senate Bill 5281 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2015. Along with Trillanes, Senators Cynthia Villar and Francis Escudero authored this bill.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

[Vital Signs Column] Unionising the Filipino Nurses

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Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
July 2015 Issue

Recently, I got the chance to talk to one of the top leaders of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) and he mentioned that there is now a proposal to unionize the PNA so it can better lobby for higher pay for nurses and to protect the welfare of nurses – after all nurses are health workers. I’m not quite sure how the elder nurses would react to this proposal, though I believe younger nurses would support this call, probably because almost all younger nurses are subjects to discriminations, unfair labor practices, hazardous work conditions, and meager salaries.

Friday, November 07, 2014

KNN's e-Kapihan Series: Ano nga ba ang RH Law?

After a 14-year wait since the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) made the first step to push for reproductive health policies, the Reproductive Health bill was finally signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III in December 2012 and upheld constitutional by the Supreme Court in April 2014. Despite this progress, Filipinos have yet to witness the real impact of the law on their lives. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

One of the best DOH TV Ad I've seen

The Philippines' Health Department sets the stage for the widest nation-wide measles and polio vaccination campaign the entire month of September. 

The Department of Health's 2014 Anti-Measles Campaign is "MAGKAISA, MAGPABAKUNA" with the hashtag #ligtastigdas. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

[Vital Signs Column] Why Filipino nurses won't get the pay they deserve

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Vital Signs Column
Nurse's Notes
September 2014 Issue

Filipino nurses are world-class professional health care provider, extremely hardworking, and the world's most caring professionals but at the same time one of the most overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated workers in the Philippines.

Recently the Department of Budget and Management responded to an inquiry from Ang Nars Partylist regarding the non-implementation of Republic Act 9173 otherwise known as "The Philippine Nursing Act of 2002" mandating the government to provide a base pay of nurses to at least Salary Grade 15 (approximately PhP 25,718, Step 4). The DBM through Assistant Director Edgardo Macaranas responded last May 26, 2014 and a response which is not shocking, but expected - the national government cannot implement the 2002 Nursing Law's provision on SG 15.