In response to the migration of skilled and experienced nurses abroad, which results to the shortage of nurses in our own hospitals, the Department of Health has come up with its new project called “RN HEALS” or Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service which aim to recruit 10,000 nurses.
Applicants can file their applications starting January 17. With this new project, unemployed nurses will be deployed to poor communities in the country such as the Bicol Region, Leyte in the Visayas and Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. RN HEALS will deploy skilled and experienced nurses in 1,221 rural and unserved or underserved communities for one year.
An allowance of P8,000 a month will be given by the DOH. The respective local government unit (LGU) where they will be assigned will ensure their safety and security and provide board and lodging. Aside from these benefits, LGU’s are encouraged to add at least P2,000 to their monthly allowance. For some nurses, these amount and benefits may appear a portion only of their would-be salaries if employed abroad, but think of the fulfillment they get from serving their countrymen. It will also serve as added work experience.
Interested nurses can send their applications online at the Department of Labor and Employment website (http://www.dole.gov.ph) from January 17 to February 4, 2011. Applicants will be screened by the DOLE and the list of qualified applicants with their area of assignments will be posted on the DOLE website from February 7-10. Source: The Manila Bulletin