DOH stops Nurse Volunteer Programs
Addressed to all Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Centers for Health and Development, Services and Specialty Hospitals, and chiefs of Medical Centers and Hospitals, the memorandum noted that “the current practice of registered nurses ‘volunteering’ in hospitals to gain work experience…is not consistent with the provision of the law (Volunteer Act of 2007).”
“Therefore, all DOH hospitals are hereby directed to discontinue all existing programs involving nurses who deliver free services in exchange for work experience/volunteer nurses, volunteer trainings and all other similar programs…”
Memorandum on Nurse Volunteer Programs:
The Memorandum terminating Nurse Volunteer Programs was dated August 22, 2011.