You may have read our article at regarding the announcement of the 4th Batch of RNHeals. As you all may have known, the DOH, in its official statement, has shed light that there will be a 4th batch of nurses who will be hired for its program called “RN Heals”. This statement can be read at the DOH’s official site here:

A lot of readers have been asking us about details regarding the program so we, the RNSpeak team, will give you the basic facts regarding the DOH’s RNHeals. Read below.

What is RN Heals?

RNHeals (Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service) is a program devised by the Department of Health in an effort to provide basic healthcare to Filipinos at rural communities. It is a program that deploys health care workers, specifically nurses and midwives to these areas so that the DOH can better provide healthcare to the citizenry. It is also one of  the Philippine Administration’s “solution” to the unemployment of the massive surplus of nurses in the country.


Who are the recipients of the services of this program?

The Filipino citizens, not limited to rural areas, are the main recipients of the health care services to be delivered by the Department of Health. The project also aims to employ nurses who are currently jobless. The RNHeals program is one of the DOH’s solutions to the betterment of the health of the Filipino.

When did this start and how many batches are there?

RNHeals started in the year 2011 and so far there have been 3 batches of RNHeals nurses. Just recently, it was confirmed by the DOH that there will be a batch 4.

Update: (DOH via Facebook): “Application for RN Heals 4 will start by November 1-30. The guidelines for application is still being reviewed. It will be posted as soon as it is finalized. Those who were part of the previous RN Heals 1-3 need not apply to give chance to those who have not undergone the training.”

UPDATE: According to the DOH Facebook page, you can now submit your bio-data but application forms are not yet available. Their statement reads:

“RN Heals application form is not yet available, the processing of application will start on November. You may submit your bio-data and other pertinent documents at any of the 70 DOH retained hospitals including specialty hospitals. For the health centers you may submit to the municipal health offices. Application forms will be available on November 1-30, 2012.”

UPDATE: Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, and Philippine Orthopedic Center are now accepting applicants for RN Heals 4.

Regarding RN Heals batch 4, where will the nurses be deployed?

According to the DOH official statement, it read: “batch 4 RN HEALS (Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service) and midwives to Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) areas”. New details should surface soon.

22,500 nurses and midwives are to be deployed by the DOH.

How do I apply for the RNHeals program?

Typically, the selection of workers for this program will be done by the DOH’s Centers for Health Development together with the Health Human Resource Development Bureau. The list of the official CHDs and the contact numbers of DOH Hospitals can be found here (though this is a directory for RNHeals batch 3, no official directory yet for RNHeals batch 4) Click Here

If you would want to see the official, complete directory of the DOH and its offices, Click Here . During the previous batches, applications can be done by applying online or going to the provincial department offices personally. As of this writing however, the official RNHeals website is not functioning.

UPDATE: Region 7 and Region 10 are now accepting online applications.

Click here for region 7 applications:

For region 10 applications, here is your portal:

UPDATE: Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, and Philippine Orthopedic Center are now accepting applicants for RN Heals 4.

What are the  RN heals requirements in order to apply…and who are eligible?

According to the previous NARS, Department of Labor and Employment, the general requirements are:

“Unemployed registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and who meet the following requirements may qualify for the training cum deployment under RNheals:

  • With valid nurse license issued by the PRC
  • Resident of the identified CCT area/s
  • Medical certificate issued by government hospital stating that the applicant is fit to work
  • NARS Project drop-outs will not be considered”

A resume is needed, essentially. It will also help if you submit a cover letter with your application. Also, prepare your transcript of records. The DOH also noted for previous batches: “Nurse and midwife volunteers, trainees, or those exposed in the recipient hospitals and other health facilities shall be given priority.”

What is the salary for the nurses in the program?

The DOH has no official statement yet regarding the salary of batch 4. However, the salary of the batch three, according to DOH Department Memorandum 2012-0030, entitled: “Implementation of RNHeals Batch III and Rural Health Midwives Placement Program 2012”, is:

“The nurses shall receive a stipend of Eight Thousand Pesos (8,000) per month whereas Midwives shall receive a stipend of Six Thousand Pesos (6,000) per month.
The official memorandum for batch 3 could be read here:DOH Official Memorandum for RN heals 3rd Batch
What are the benefits to be enjoyed by nurses and midwives?

DOH Department Memorandum 2012-0030 states:

“Likewise, both shall be provided with Philhealth Insurance of One Thousand Two Hundred Pesos (1,200) per year and Group Accident Insurance enrollment of Five Hundred Pesos (500) per year.”. Add to that: “The Local Government Units (LGUs) shall provide the Nurses and Midwives an additional allowance of at least Two Thousand Pesos (2,000) per month”
A Certificate of Completion has been awarded to previous batches, so it is assumed that this still applies.

How long will be the duration of work?

Typically, nurses will be deployed for a period of one (1) year.

How many nurses will be hired for the program?
RNHeals batch 3 hired 10,000 nurses and 3,000 midwives for 2012. No word yet as to the number for RNHeals batch 4. We will update you.
What if I dropped-out of previous RNHeals programs, or if I was hired but want to reapply again?
The DOH, stated for RN Heals batch 3 :
“In as much as this is a training and deployment project, nurses and midwives who have dropped out are discouraged from re-entering the project. Graduates of RNHeals Project Batch I can re-enter the program based on a very satisfactory performance during their tour of duty. They shall be evaluated by the Immediate Supervisor, concurred by the Regional Project Management Team and approved by the concerned CHD Regional Director. For Midwives, CHD shall coordinate with the professional organizations to facilitate the recruitment as stated in Department Memorandum dated 26 October 2011.”
No official word yet for batch 4. It is clear, however, that those who dropped out of the program are discouraged to apply. Those who wish to re-enter may do so based on a “very satisfactory performance.”
Update: (DOH Statement via Facebook): “Those who were part of the previous RN Heals 1-3 need not apply to give chance to those who have not undergone the training.”
“Backer system”?
It will be good to have your own set of “network”. The selection process can be quite discreet.
The RNHeals program is one of the State’s solution to RN Unemployment in the Philippines and a lot of nurses are willing to pursue the said program. The DOH has by far only shone light on the definitive existence of batch 4. We shall update you ASAP once further details are released.
Until then, stay tuned.
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