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PNA opposes proposed legislation on Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) course in the Philippines : Filipino Nurses News – Latest & Hottest News about Pinoy Nurses Worldwide

PNA opposes proposed legislation on Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) course in the Philippines

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The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) does not support a proposal to legislate a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) course in the Philippines simply because it will not only threaten the oversupplierd nursing profession here in the country but also the market abroad, according to Dr. Leah Primitiva Samaco-Paquiz, PNA president.

In her speech as a guest speaker in a University recently, she said that legitimizing the LPN course in the country would make it compete with the Bachelor’s degree of the Nursing course, thereby posing a threat to the entire nursing profession.

She believed that this is demoralizing the nursing profession and would limit job opportunities of Filipino nurses. Paquiz also stressed that nursing practice should never be cut short like what the institutions offering LPN course are doing.

Being the president, Paquiz is fighting for the dignity of nurses. She even pushed for the salary increase of nurses especially those employed in the government. She cited that Republic Act 9173 or the Nursing Act of 2002 dictates that nurses employed by the government deserves a Salary Grade 15 which is equivalent to a monthly pay of P16,000.

Paquiz is also a big fighter for the respect of nurses and the nursing profession in general.

See related report on Does Practical Nursing Really Has Badly Affected Supply and Demand for Filipino/Pinoy Nurses Locally and Abroad?

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