RN Heals nurses regularization, P16K monthly salary eyed

Nurses under the RN Heals program could get a monthly salary of P16,000 each if the health department’s plan to absorb them pushes through.

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According to ABS-CBN News, the Department of Health is planning to hire half the current number of RN Heals nurses permanently by January 2014.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona reportedly said regularization of RN Heals nurses would pave the way to an increase in the amount of compensation they receive from DOH every month.

“Ang mga sweldo nila kasi is...hindi actually salary ‘yun kundi parang allowances lamang...P8,000 per month and 2,000 ‘yung ibibigay ng community o ng rural health unit kung nasaan sila o ng ospital kung nasaan sila assigned,” Ona explained. “Ang ating gagawin ngayon ay we will cut into half na lamang ‘yung ating mga iha-hire na nurses next year, at least ito ay plano.”

From P10,000, RN Heals nurses will be getting around P16,000 per month once hired.

“They will now be paid, talagang ‘yung tunay na compensation of a nurse which is about P16,000,” Ona reportedly said about the proposal, which is awaiting President Aquino’s approval.