The House of Representatives has just unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 9389 or the New Philippine Nursing Practice Act which mandates 1:10 nurse-patient ratio and a minimum base pay upon entry in either public or private sector of not lower than Salary Grade 15 (SG 15) in government service.
Among the salient features of HB 9389 include, among others:
- The minimum base pay of ALL NURSES, whether they are working in the public sector, in private healthcare facilities, in industrial or community settings SHALL NOT, UPON ENTRY, BE LOWER than the rate assigned to SALARY GRADE 15 (SG 15) in the government service.
- Among nursing incentives and benefits are:
- Free hospital care
- scholarship grants
- other non-cash benefits for nurses and their dependents subject to existing regulations
- For general units, the maximum number of patients that a nurse may effectively and safely handle at any given time is TEN (10). Thus, the minimum safe staffing ratio standard for general units is 1:10.
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