Annual Registration of Nurses

This article is about annual registration of nurses in the Philippines.

So here you are, falling in line in front of that building with three initials P. R. C. The efforts and candles you have burned were paid off with this well-kept privilege that goes along with that title: Registered Nurse under the Philippine Law.

Before you drown with the bliss that you feel about having that well coveted privilege professional practice, take in mind that you still have to register that or else you won’t be recognized by health care institutions when you apply for a job.

Annual Registration is mandated by the Professional Regulation Commission. The professional must register and pay the prescribed fee for three years and it is paid on the birth month of the practitioner. It is a practical way isn’t it? It is really designed this way so that professional will minimally forget the date of their registration.

There are circumstances however that a certain professional may not be able to pay on his or her birth month. There is a 20% surcharge is made on every calendar year being missed. It is also mandated that after five continuous year after the last paid annual registration there is a tendency for the professional’s certificate of registration shall be suspended. Aside from that, the professional’s name shall not be included in the roster list. After the professional have paid the dues, he or she is then able to gain the privilege without taking the examination again.

Many nurses might not now this, that with the advent of not practicing their profession it is still a must to send a letter to the Board within one year from the time he or she stopped practicing in order to avail exemptions of the annual registration fee.

It is therefore a responsibility of a nurse to be updated with the annual registration to prevent surcharges or worse than that not being included in the roster of professional nurses in the Philippines.

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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