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What is the impact of Project RNHeals in the development health care system delivery in the 1st district in the province of Iloilo?
Does it contribute to the improvement of delivering basic health care sevices in the community?

Subject: Guidelines for the Implementation of the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RNheals) Project Batch IV.


The Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service Project otherwise known as RNheals Project was conceptualized in response to the country’s constitutional mandate to make essential health goods and social services available to all Filipinos, especially the poor.

On February 14, 2012, RNheals was launched in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Professional Regulatory Commission-Board of Nursing (PRC-BON) and Philippine Nurses Association (PNA). RNheals is a learning and deployment project designed to mobilize registered nurses in identified priority areas to improve delivery of quality health care services. As such, RNheals is a collaborative effort of national and local government, government and private organizations and other stakeholders. While RNheals is envisioned to improve access of poor municipalities to quality healthcare with social services, RNheals specifically aims at increasing nurses’ employability by creating a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and public health management competencies. Taken from

RNheals does not intend to provide employment but rather learning and development. The nurses under RNheals are therefore not regular employees but pre-service trainees. They are given allowance/stipend not salaries and are deployed in areas where nursing services are mostly needed


The Order aims to standardize the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of RNheals Project Batch IV at all levels.

Implementing Mechanisms

1. Strengthen nurses’ capabilities in the DOH Hospital and Rural Health Units as a form of technical assistance towards the delivery of the DOH thrusts in a well-coordinated manner. 2. Create a network of nurse preceptors in health facilities both in the DOH hospitals and RHUs to maintain quality and standards of nursing competencies. 3. Utilize a comprehensive competency based curriculum that blends both learning and development. 4. Structure a targeted recruitment and selection process to minimize attrition of nurses. 5. Establish a monitoring, evaluation and reporting system of the project. The DOH-CO, Regional Project Management Team, Provincial Management Team, Hospital Management Team in partnerships with agencies that have common thrust such as DSWD, DILG, Nurses Associations, LGUs and Non-Government Agencies shall be involved in the process.  Taken from Roles and Responsibilities

The following are the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the implementation of the project:

The DOH Central Office through the HHRDB shall:
o Lead in the management of the learning and deployment of nurses through its CHDs; o Sub-allot the funding requirements of the project to the CHDs and DOH Hospitals; o Prepare the nurses distribution list for approval by the Secretary of Health through the Cluster Head; o Oversee and monitor project implementation;

o Prepare the RNheals competency based curriculum guide for the DOH hospitals and RHUs. Source: Department of Health

|YEAR |BIRTHS |DEATHS | | |NUMBER |RATE* |NUMBER |RATE* | |2012 |32,917 |18.07...
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