City adds 48 nurses for Cebu public hospital

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Friday, November 18, 2011

THE Cebu City Government hired additional 48 job order nurses for the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) this year.

Lyrma Soledad, CCMC head nurse, said this is the first time in the 50 year-old hospital that they have job order nurses.

Early this year, the City also hired 32 nurses for CCMC as casual employees to fill the vacant slots after some of its staffers resigned and worked abroad.


Soledad clarified, though, that the latest hiring was urgent to comply with the Department of Health (DOH) standards.

This, after the DOH-Manila visited CCMC and found out that the 300-bed city-run hospital lacks nursing staff.

“It was mandatory whether we like it or not because our license to operate the hospital is at stake,” Soledad said.

She said the newly-hired nurses undergo theoretical and clinical exposures under the hospital’s orientation program before they will be assigned to special areas, such as the emergency room, operating room, among others.


Soledad said CCMC has 183 casual nurses, 25 regular and 48 job order nurses, but they include nurses assigned in other offices and as supervisors.

CCMC director Gloria Duterte, for her part, clarified they need additional nurses to attend to their increasing number of patients aside from the continuing expansion of some of their departments.

Duterte disclosed that CCMC now takes care of more than 700 patients a day including in the out-patient department.

But she said the number goes up when Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center will do their quarterly cleaning of their wards.


The CCMC director clarified they will ask for additional nurses in the coming months because some of their staff already informed them to leave.

“Nangaplay man pud sila sa ubang nasod kay gustong adto na manarbaho, dili man sab nato na sila mahimong pugngan, so, atong hulipan (They’re applying for jobs abroad because they want to work there, and we cannot stop them, so we have to replace them),” Duterte said.

Soledad said at least 10 CCMC nurses are now waiting for their deployment in Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

The head nurse promised, though, to maximize the CCMC nursing staff so the hospital services won’t be hampered and the patients will be properly attended to.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 18, 2011.

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