DOH gives new nurses employment opportunities
by Sammy D. Candido
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, Jan. 29 (PIA) ---- The Department of Health (DOH), Provincial Health Team Office (PHTO) conducted a two-day orientation on nurses from January 27-28, 2014 at Eastern Samar Educational Cultural Center (ESSEC) this City.
This two-day orientation is designed to familiarize the nurses with the concept and rationale of the Nurse Deployment Project of the Department of Health (DOH), before their new assignments to the barangays.
Some of the 119 nurses who participated the orientation were new passers of the recently held licensure examinations for Nurses.
The objective of this project is to augment the nursing workforce in the RHUs/Birthing Homes, Barangay Health Stations, and LGU Level I hospitals to provide access to health services for the marginalized population, and provide employment and work experience for nurses in rural areas and underserved communities.
According to Ms. Marissa L. Titular, DOH Representative the hired nurses will be under a contract of services status with an item of Nurse I, with a monthly salary of P18,549.00. with a contract for six (6) months renewable based on a very satisfactory performance for a maximum of two (2) years.
Titular also said that nurses are then assigned in RHUs, Birthing Homes, Barangay Health Stations and Level I LGU hospitals giving preference to the identified areas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) under the supervision of the Public Health Nurse/Chief Nurse. After the satisfactory completion of the project, the nurses are awarded with a Certificate of Completion and Employment.
She further said for every municipality there are three to eight nurses to be deployed to the 22 municipalities and one City.
A Provincial Management Team (PMT) was created to supervise and this will be chaired by Dra. Jean Marie A. Egargo, Provincial Health Team Leader(PHTL), members are: DSWD, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Nurses Association (PNA)-Eastern Samar Chapter, PhilHealth and Civil Service Commission (CSC).
After the project, the LGU shall design mechanism to absorb the nurses with good salaries and benefits from the revenue of the expanded PhilHealth program.
The said Project is relative to the Aquino Health Agenda, in which the DOH has designed the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) to improve local health systems that will support the country's attainment of the Universal Health Care or "Kalusugan Pangkalahatan". (PIA-E. Samar)