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Senator Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano, chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, recently filed a resolution in the Senate seeking to investigate the exploitative practice of private and government hospitals in hiring new nurses as "On-the-Job" nurse trainees instead of being employed as regular staff nurses.
Cayetano also wants the Senate to investigate reports that hospitals, instead of compensating nurse trainees for services rendered, are collecting fees from the nurses.

In 2008, erstwhile Philippine Nurses Association President Lea Paquiz slammed this exploitative practice of Philippine hospitals. A bill prohibiting this abusive practice was subsequently filed in congress the following year but it never saw the light of day.

Recently, Pinoy R.N. published another article discussing the matter where several nurses confirmed that such scheme exists.

A copy of the Senate Resolution No. 166 was obtained by Pinoy R.N. and is posted below for reference:
Senate Resolution No. 166 -

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