Sen. Tulfo proposes offering nursing students for full scholarship


On Tuesday, Senator Raffy Tulfo suggested offering nursing students a full scholarship with a condition. Under the condition that they will serve the nation for four to five years after graduation, nursing students will receive full scholarships.

"How about offering full scholarship programs for nurses in different schools and provinces?"

"Full scholarship, and there is a condition that after you graduate, you must serve at least four to five years as a nurse in our country." Tulfo asked Philippine Heart Center Executive Director Dr. Joel Abanilla during the Senate committee on health and demography hearing.

In response, Abanilla said that the senator's proposal would requires legislation. Tulfo and the panel's chair, Senator Christopher Go, supported the proposed measure.

Senators learned that nurses in government hospitals earn around P34,000 to P36,000 per month, lower than foreign nations could offer.

Tulfo lamented that nurses are overworked, serving more patients than the ideal 4:1 ratio or four patients to one nurse. Earlier, the Department of Health said the country has a shortage of nurses around 106,000.

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