Professional Regulation Commission(PRC ) and government agencies will exert implementation for next year this is due in anticipation of  230,000 jobless and  underemployed nurses nationwide is rising.

“Although enrollment for nursing courses is going down, there are still many in the pipeline, considering that 68,000 graduates just took the licensure examination this month,” Marco Sto. Tomas of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Nursing, said.

He said the PRC and other concerned government agencies  exerting effort to push the implementation of the so-called Hastening Options for Productivity and Employment (HOPE) for Filipino nurses.

“The program aims to promote entrepreneurship by putting up their own business for Filipino’s nurses who are now having difficulty finding employment,” said Sto. Tomas.

Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz also ordered the PRC to coordinate with other concerned government agencies and look into the condition of unemployed Filipino nurses.

The Department of Labor and Employment may come out with new rules to regulate the “hiring” of nurse volunteers in hospitals and other medical facilities nationwide, she added.

No regulation exists to stop or penalize government and private hospitals from using the services of licensed nurses for free, Baldoz said.

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