55 new registered nurses take the challenge to be part of the Philippine Army medical team to fight COVID-19

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  • The Philippine Army hired 55 new nurses to be assigned to various PA medical facilities
  • All will undergo COVID related and military training as part of their enlistment to the PA

The Philippine Army augments its workforce by recruiting 55 new registered nurses to battle COVID-19.

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The newly hired health workers will be assigned as members of the PA medical team as staff nurses in various medical facilities like the Army Wellness Center, Rizal Medical Complex and at the Army General Hospital (AGH).

The first 16 nurses already stepped in at the AGH while the remaining 38 just took oath on April 15 and will undergo a 3-day training on COVID-19 Response for Nurses and orientation on the military organization.

A series of lectures and workshops will be conducted by the PA to ensure they are equipped for their role. The topics include Health Service, Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to COVID 19 Disease, Basic Infection Control (use of PPE, donning and doffing of PPE, hand hygiene, waste disposals, control of traffic and movement in the clinical area), Basic Nursing Procedures (administration of injections, care of patients with mechanical ventilators, and nursing documentation).

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Since they are assigned to a military institution, they were taught specific military duties and responsibilities, military courtesy, etiquette and military discipline.

The nurses will undergo military training as part of enlistment and will be deployed in Military Treatment Facilities (Station Hospitals and/or Medical Dispensaries) once COVID has ended. They can also apply for commissionship in Nurse Corps or Regular Officer Corps. Enlistment will either be one or three years.

Army Spokesperson Col. Ramon P. Zagala said, “This national health emergency calls us for an immediate response to help those who are in need. The Army is grateful for our frontliners who took the challenge and risks their lives in the service of the Filipino people.”

Thank you for taking the challenge.  May God keep you safe always.