Alternative career training for nurses

LAOAG CITY, Aug 11 – The provincial government of Ilocos Norte will conduct an alternative career training that will provide online job opportunities to Ilocano nurses.

Nicole Rudio, Public Employment Services Office (PESO) head for Ilocos Norte said that the program in partnership with an international Business Processing Outsource (BPO) company, will teach nurses health care skills.
“Our nurses can be taught of skills and they will have a hands-on training to graduate for a short course in health care services,” Rudio said.

She said the four-week training will focus on pharma vigilance and clinical research which are both in demand skills for clients abroad.

“For the first batch we are targeting 65 nurses to the program, including clinical instructors from universities in Ilocos Norte,” Rudio added.

He said while it will not provide automatic employment, the program can provide skills to the nurses that are in line with their training in medical fields.

“They can also use the training as a leverage to apply for a work,” Rudio said.

Trainers are from India, direct from the BPO company, TATA Consultancy Services Philippines Inc.

At present, 118 nurses have signed up for the two batches of training. Rudio said the training is set on the latter part of August.

The program is also a bridge program since the province partnered with clinical instructors in universities here for a possible inclusion of the training in their curriculum.

“The return in the province is long term because we are investing on teachers and nurses, in effect this is also a way to entice investors like BPOs to invest here since we have already the skills and talent they needed,” Rudio said.

The project is part of the “Saguip Nars” (Operation Nurse) launched by the province under the Task Force Trabaho (TFT) last March 28 as support to Ilocano nurses in the field of employment.

Rudio said application is still on process, any interested may visit the PESO at the Provincial Capitol for initial interview with their resume and nursing board certificate. (CHERRY JOY D. GARMA)