NARS program is a training-cum employment scheme wherein the hired nurse-trainees will be trained not only in providing basic health services to needy folks in rural areas but also in performing clinical functions under the guidance of participating hospitals and other medical facilities in areas where the nurse-trainees will be assigned.
The program aims to address the (1) glut in inexperienced nurses, (2) the proliferation of "volunteer nurses" working in hospitals without being paid, (3) promote health of the people, and (4) bring government services closer to the grassroots.
Unemployed registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and who meet the following requirements may qualify for the training cum employment under NARS: a) with valid nurse license issued by the PRC b) not over 35 years old c) resident of the identified municipalities d) no nursing-related practice for 1-3 years.
To register, interested applicants may log on to http//www.nars.dole.gov.ph or visit the nearest Department of Labor and Employment Office in your place.
(This post is an excerpt of DOLE's "NARS to train inexperienced nurses in public health and clinical functions" article dated Feb. 17, 2009)