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PRC: Nurses must comply with CPD requirement for renewal starting January 2018

Starting January 1, 2018, all licensed nurses must have the required Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for renewal of their Professional ID Card (PIC).

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) gave this reminder to all Filipino registered nurses in the country and abroad through their official Facebook page on Monday.

PRC, through the Professional Regulatory Board of Nursing, issued Resolution No. 21 series of 2017 which provides the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of Republic Act 10912 or the ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016’ for nursing.

Based on the operational guidelines, nurses need 15 CPD units for PIC renewal from January to December 31, 2018. Starting January 2019 and onwards, 45 units of CPD (15 CU per year) is required for renewal which is regularly done in three-year period.

Nurses will be able to comply this requirement by attending programs accredited by CPD Council which may include: Formal learning, Nonformal learning, Informal learning, Self-directed learning, Online learning activities, Professional work experience.

Conferences and conventions of Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), which is the accredited professional organization (APO) of nursing, also has corresponding CPD units.

Why is CPD needed?
The operational guidelines states that “the nurses have to expand their knowledge and technical competencies in light of the complexities of the healthcare needs and demands for better delivery of safe nursing care services, and that in line with meeting the ASEAN Core Competency Standards as well as other international and global standards, there is a need to continuously update themselves in order to meet these challenges.”

How about those working abroad?
CPD Programs attended by the OFWs in their countries of employment will be accepted by PRC, under the Self-Directed and/or other modalities for Lifelong Learning category.

So if you are due for renewal this coming 2018, you might want to start accumulating CPD units now and be ready to present at the PRC. Please share this post to all Filipino nurses!