REPUBLIC 7164 AND REPUBLIC ACT 9173
Republic of the Philippines
Professional Regulation Commission
ManilaREPUBLIC ACT NO. 7164AN ACT REGULATING THE PRACTICEOF NURSING IN THE PHILIPPINESBe it enacted by the Senate and House of Representative of the Philippines in Congress
assembled:Article ITITLESection 1. Title. – This Act shall be known as the Philippine Nursing of 1991. Article IIDECLARATION OF POLICYSec.2. Declaration of Policy. – It is hereby declared the policy of the State to assume responsibility for the protection and improvement of the nursing profession by instituting measures that will result in relevant nursing education, and in humane working conditions, better career prospects, and a dignified existence for our nurses. The State hereby guarantees the delivery of basic health services through an adequate nursing personnel throughout the country. Article IIIORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD OFNURSINGSec.3. Name and Composition of the Board. – There shall be created a Board of Nursing to be composed of a Chairman and four (4) members who shall be appointed by the President from a list of twelve (12) nominees who are registered nurses of recognized standing in the Philippines and who possess the qualifications prescribed in Section 5 of this Act as certified by the accredited national nurses’ association to the Professional Regulation Commission.. Sec.4. Powers and Duties of the Board. -The Board shall have the following powers, duties, and functions a. Supervise and regulate the practice of the nursing profession. b. Describe the subjects in the licensure examination, determine the syllabi of the subjects, and their relative weight, construct the test questions in the licensure examination, and score and rate the examination paper. The Board shall, within one hundred twenty (120) days after the examination, submit a report of the examination result which shall contain the weighted average rating of each examinee to the Office of the President for release and publication; c. Issue, suspend, or revoke certificates of registration for the practice of nursing; d. Study the conditions affecting the nursing practice in the Philippines and exercise the powers necessary to ensure the maintenance of efficient, ethical, technical, moral and professional standards in the practice of nursing, taking into account the health needs of the nation;e. Examine the prescribed facilities of the universities or colleges seeking permission to open new colleges of nursing or departments of nursing education in order to ensure that standards and essential requirements for a qualified dean and faculty and adequate budget are properly complied with and maintained at all times. The authorization to open colleges of nursing shall be based upon the favorable written recommendation of both the Board and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports; f. Require nurses who graduate from state colleges and universities to render, after being issued the necessary board licenses, at least one (1) year of nursing service in the Philippines before they are allowed to leave for overseas jobs; g. Investigate violation of this Act. For this purpose it may, through its Chairman, with the approval of the Board issue summons, subpoena or subpoena duces tecum to violators of this act and witnesses thereof and to compel their attendance by the power of contempt; and h. Promulgate decisions or adopt measures as may be necessary for the improvement of the nursing practice, for the advancement of the profession, and for the proper and full enforcement of this Act.Sec. 5. Qualifications of Board Members. – A member of the Board shall: a. Be a citizen and resident of the Philippines; b. Be a member in good standing of the accredited national nurses’ association; c. Be a registered nurse and holder of a master’s degree in nursing conferred by a college or university duly recognized by the Government; d. Have at least ten (10) years of continuous...