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More benefits are due to qualified and experienced nurses.

To give qualified nurses wider and more collaborative duties, Republic Act 9173, the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, must be revised.

According to Senator Francis Tolentino, expanding the pool of nurses who are better educated, paid more, and valued more will be crucial to the success of the law requiring universal health care.

APN refers to a nurse who, in addition to being a registered nurse, has “acquired a substantial level of theoretical knowledge and decision-making skill in a specialty area of nursing practice and demonstrated proficiency in clinical utilization of such knowledge and skill in providing expanded and collaborative expert care from a recognized higher educational institution.” He recently filed Senate Bill No. (SB) 1447, which adds this new provision to the law.

The bill permits the use of “Agreed Upon Based Care,” which is mutually agreed-upon patient care made by an APN and approved by the primary physician in charge, through teleconsultation or other means of communication, after evaluation of the case referred, but only in emergency situations, such as when there isn’t a doctor nearby to physically assess the patient or when there isn’t a doctor available because of the inaccessibility of the telecommunications network.

Tolentino stated in a statement that because nurses make up the vast majority of the healthcare sector, both institutionally and locally, “utmost priority should be given to their requirements in order to enhance the morale of our Filipino nurses.”

Additionally, SB 1447 aims to improve nursing practice through the implementation of policies that support thorough and current nursing practice standards, maintain respectable working circumstances, and foster nurses’ professional development.

Tolentino noted the ongoing migration of Filipino nurses abroad and said, “With what they’ve experienced in this recent pandemic, our nurses have felt the great disparity in terms of working conditions as well as in their compensation and benefits when compared to that of their foreign counterparts.”

Thus, there is a call for a new and improved nursing law, particularly in these difficult times when Filipinos need the skills of our own nurses, who are in high demand abroad.

A requirement in Tolentino’s legislation requires the creation of a Philippine Professional Nursing Roadmap, which will serve as a sound, long-term strategy with specific goals and plans for implementation to further promote the nursing profession in the nation and ensure its culture of excellence and dynamic leadership.

In order to give the nursing profession a thorough definition, RA 9173 revised RA 1764, the Philippine Nursing Act of 1991.

In order to carry out the licensing examination for nurses, issue, suspend, or revoke certificates of registration for the practice of nursing, monitor and enforce quality standards of nursing practice, and exercise the powers necessary to ensure the maintenance of effective, ethical, and technical, moral, and professional standards in the practice of nursing while taking into account the needs of the country’s health, it established the Professional Regulatory Board of Nursing.

In order to address allegations against nurse practitioners for unethical and improper behavior, the Board also holds hearings and investigations.

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