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Due to adopted practices of some hospitals and clamor for approval for a divergent work schedule, Department of Health (DOH) issued Department Circular no. 2013-0423 prescribing for guidelines on allowing two (2) work shift duty for nurses in hospitals. Under the previously issued AO no. 2012-0012, hospitals are to maintain the 1:12 nurse to bed ratio on a three (3) work shifts in twenty four (24) hours.
This circular is a modification of the latter or the “Rules and Regulations Governing the New Classification of Hospitals and Other Health Facilities in the Philippines”.
Under the new guidelines, the two work shift schedule is only applicable to general nursing (more…)