QC General taps new nursing grads

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The Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) will revitalize its partnership with colleges for nursing students to remedy its shortage of bedside personnel.

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The city-owned hospital has to rely on new nursing graduates as complementary manpower to its nursing staff, most especially those attending to roomed-guests.

QCGH officials say that the hospital should tap the new graduates to meet its own manpower requirement in a bid to improve its services.

To date, the QCGH’s wards/units are manned by 98 permanent and 94 contractual registered nurses, and this manpower has to be increased in order to meet the ratio of caring personnel per station to the escalating number of patients.

A lot of nursing graduates, registered or not,are usually left with no choice except to work at a call center or other non-nursing jobs in the country due to lack of vacancies in hospitals or low compensation rate offered to them as nurses. Some would have to volunteer in the hospitals but end up jobless afterwards.

The QCGH offers six months graduate training program for nurses who wish to enhance their capabilities and to gain necessary work experience that will make them more competitive.

Recently, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista directed the QCGH to inform his office of problems that the hospital may encounter so he could address all concerns at the soonest possible time.

Bautista issued the directive to ensure that QCGH will effectively provide medical attention to its patients especially the underprivileged QC residents who hope to be treated well and avail themselves of medical services at an affordable price.

Jing Villamente

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