Citing the need to elevate the status of the country as a producer of leaders, experts, and authorities in the field of medicine particularly nursing,
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has filed a bill amending the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 to improve nursing education and working conditions of nurses.
Senate Bill (SB) No. 395, also known as the “Advanced Nursing Education Act of 2019” filed on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 also aims to encourage Filipino nurses to serve the country instead of working abroad.
“I want to include community integration and immersion in the nursing curriculum to encourage them to work in communities in the Philippines,” said Go.
Under the bill, standard basic and graduate programs for nursing education should be established in Commission on Higher Education-accredited institutions of higher learning. The basic program shall require students to undergo community integration and immersion to encourage them to work in various communities.
Meanwhile, a graduate program will be built on the experiences and skills of the nurses towards mastery, expertise and leadership in practice, research and education.
The faculty-to-student ratio will also be in accordance with the standard to be determined by CHED.
A National Nursing Admission Test also needs to be hurdled by aspiring nurses in order to ensure the quality of students getting in the program.
The Advanced Nursing Education Act is one of several bills Go filed this month that seek to improve healthcare in the country and protect health professionals.
The filing of the bill followed Go’s speech at the the 86th National Annual Convention of the Philippine Public Health Association, wherein he assured public health professionals, including nurses, that he will promote their welfare by pushing for measures that will benefit them, including the increase of salary of public health professionals and other civilian government workers.
Earlier, Go filed SB 200 titled “An Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel.” The bill seeks to increase the salary of civilian government personnel, including nurses serving in public institutions.
“Let’s increase the salary of ordinary government employees, including teachers and nurses. The approach should be holistic so all government employees can properly serve and do their duty to the country,” said Go.
Currently, the salary increase of government workers are governed by the Salary Standardization Law which modifies the existing Compensation and Position Classification System to make government jobs more attractive and competitive as well as to retain and motivate them.