VIRAL: Nurse bids 'sad farewell' to PRC ID due to CPD requirements

MANILA, Philippines – A nurse shared her sentiments against the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law online and it quickly went viral.

On Facebook, Joan Gonzales expressed how sad she is knowing that she won't be able to renew her Professionals Regulations Commission (PRC) ID. The reason she explained is mainly due to the CPD requirements.

Nurse bids “sad farewell” to PRC ID due to CPD requirements
A nurse says a sad farewell to PRC ID renewal

For nurse like Gonzales, PRC initially required them to earn a total of 15 CPD units. But due to Resolution No. 10, s. 2017 of the Board of Nursing, they are now required to earn a total of 45 CPD units starting January 1, 2018.

Gonzales lamented how heartbreaking it is to go through years of studying and paying for tuition fees, only to realize that nurses still need to pay more to renew their PRC IDs.

Gonzales shared how it is to be nurse in this country. Some nurses receive compensation that barely covers their family's needs. Gonzales added, “Dati, ikaw pa magbabayad sa ospital para magka-experience ka lang. You need to volunteer for many years or even years just to land a permanent job.”

The frustrated nurse clarified that she is not against training for professional development. But Gonzales hopes that the procedures are fair. Just like many nurses, Gonzales wishes that the trainings were affordable and even better, if sponsored by hospitals.

As Gonzales bids farewell to being a practicing nurse and choose a different line of work, she looked back at the time when she passed the nursing licensure exam. She called it “euphoric” and no matter what, nursing will always be her “first love.”

In the end, the frustrated nurse joined the calls of other nurses and professionals in the calls of the repeal of the controversial CPD Act.

Nurse advocacy group “Ang Nars Partylist” had already denounced the implementation of the CPD Act. Its founder, Leah S. Paquiz, one of the sponsors of the CPD Act admitted that while Continuing Professional Education is important, the implementation of the CPD Law has become a burden to the local professionals.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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