Enterpre-Nurse coop organized in Davao Norte
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Tagum City (11 February) -- Davao del Norte provincial government has organized jobless nurses into a cooperative thus creating opportunities for such professionals to go into business.
Davao del Norte Provincial Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario during the Entrepre-Nurse Forum yesterday told more than 60 registered nurse-participants to get serious about this venture.
Del Rosario looked at the Entrepre-Nurse program hatched DOLE, as timely as there are about 37,000 new ones being added to the growing number of job-seeking nurses.
Entrepre-Nurse was launched in Davao City last month during which policy harmonization and policy planning workshop was conducted to lay down the groundwork of such alternative venture for nurses.
In the same forum, DOLE XI Regional Director Jalilo dela Torre who first brought the idea of mobilizing nurses for community and home-based care, explained Entrepre-Nurse as based on the home-health care concept which has become a "US$ 57 billion" sector in the United States.
Under the program, unemployed nurses would be formed into cooperatives which would be receiving financial assistance of P300,000 each from DOLE, to purchase tools and needed equipment to start up their venture.
Jalilo revealed that DOLE has allotted P16 million to roll out for Entrepre-Nurse cooperatives and that it is allocating P1 million for each region nationwide.
Aside from providing health care services to patients who would opt to get well at home and not stay long in hospitals, Entrepre-Nurse cooperatives could also venture into outsource delivery of health services which local government units would like them to handle.
As an example, Jalilo explained that LGUs can go into contract with an Entrepre-Nurse Coop to operate a rural health unit in communities where LGUs have no people to mobilize.
Jalilo said the Entrepre-Nurse program is paving way for registered nurse to enjoy per service payment that other professionals are getting from their practice.
"Nurse have been get paid monthly from employment in hospitals and clinics," Jalilo said as he revealed moves of DOLE with the University of the Philippine College of Nursing and the Philippine Nursing Association to fix rates for every service that a nurse would render.
Meanwhile, more forms of ventures that Entrepre-Nurse coops can go into, came out during the policy harmonization and planning workshop.
Registered nurse Paul John Gabaya who attended the workshop representing Davao del Norte, said Enterpre-Nurse cooperatives can also deploy roving and visiting nurses; put up nurse clinics; go into nursing consultancy; send public speakers on health issues; and can conduct review classes, research and training sessions.
Other than the medical sector, nurses can also explore and be employed in the academe as teachers/professors, clinical instructors, academic researchers and field coordinators, Gabaya said.
Other options include managing and operating birthing centers and home cares for the elderly, differently-abled persons and "other patients needing chronic care.
Gabaya quoted Dr. Josefina Tuazon of the UP College of Nursing, who said during the workshop that "nurses can go beyond hospital and go into business while at the same time practicing their profession."
He also shared a statement of Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Regional Director Elma Oguis who viewed Enterpre-Nurse as a way towards "turning nurses into businessmen (women)." (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]