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Netizens react to DOH allowing nurses who failed board exam to work in gov’t hospitals

They will have a duration of four years to successfully pass the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination.

The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that nursing graduates who did not pass the licensure exam but received scores ranging from 70 to 74 percent will have the opportunity to work in government hospitals.

“I will tap them, around 50 percent of those who took the board exam but did not pass – specifically those who achieved a 70-74 percent rating,” Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said in an interview on June 19.

Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma has endorsed a proposal that permits individuals who did not pass the board exam to be employed in state hospitals.

These non-board passers will work under supervision and temporary licenses.

They will have a duration of four years to successfully pass the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination.

Once they pass the exam, they will be required to sign a four-year return service agreement and serve in government hospitals before they can pursue employment opportunities abroad.

“The plan to hire unlicensed nursing graduates is because under the Universal Health Care, the core of any health system are nurses, that is why they are being pirated by other countries… They have the capability to build more hospitals so they would then be needing the services of more nurses,” he said.

According to Herbosa, scholarships for board review classes have been provided by the private sector to unlicensed nursing graduates.

Not a lot of netizens agree with the measure because it would make the board exam useless.

Pangasinan Representative Maria Rachel Arenas has introduced a bill aiming to send health attachés overseas in order to address the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases worldwide.

Under House Bill 8444, these health attachés would be stationed in Philippine embassies and consular offices, where they would coordinate responses to public health threats.

Their responsibilities would include providing scientific and policy guidance on public health practices, reporting on health issues in an international context, and promoting global health security and safety.

The bill emphasizes that global health diplomacy (GHD) is currently lacking in the Philippines’ international engagements, despite being an established concept in the global health field.

The proposed legislation aims to establish a GHD Office with a minimum of 200 health attachés.

Written by Charles Teves

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