Although I have been in some sort of “hiatus” throughout the years, I still want to continue possessing a valid license for me to be able to engage in the lawful nursing practice, even when it means doing it for the benefit of only my family, friends, and loved ones. However, in order to do so, I need to continuously renew my Professional Regulatory Commission- (PRC-) issued license as a nurse.
You see, here in the Philippines, it is not enough for an individual to just pass the national board exam for nurses (Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination) and get his eligibility for him to be able to practice his profession as a nurse. He has to possess as well the license to do such, and to be able to regularly renew such license.
Let’s take myself as an example. I passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure Examination of 2009 after graduating and getting my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the same year. Having passed the nationwide board exam for nurses, I am now an eligible and bona fide registered nurse.
However, I cannot just go to hospitals and clinics to care for sick people. I must have a PRC-issued nurse license, also known nowadays as the Professional Identification Card (PIC) in order to do so.
It’s much like completing a course from a driving school. After learning how to drive, it is not enough that you instructor is convinced that you already know how to drive and understand all traffic signs. You must have a driver’s license in order to get on the road.
A nurse’s license to practice nursing in the Philippines, embodied in his or her PIC, is valid only for three (3) years. This means, the PIC is subject for renewal after the lapse of said period. Here in the Philippines, a nurse’s PIC is deemed issued on the date of his or her birthday during the year of such issuance and expires after the third year counted from such date.
Once the PIC has already expired, any nurse engaged in the practice of the profession should renew his or her license from said date of expiration in order to lawfully continue performing nursing functions. After doing so, he or she is given another three years within which to to lawfully practice the nursing profession. Then again, the license will expire after three years, which should be reckoned from the date when such license was last renewed.
Let’s say my birthday is on January 2, 1985. If I applied for my nurse’s license in May 2010 and PRC grants and issues to me a PIC in the same year, the date that will be given or indicated in my license should be January 2, 2010. I shall remember this date because this is the reckoning point in counting the duration of the effectivity of my license or PIC. From then on, I could engage in the practice of nursing here in the Philippines until January 2, 2013.
Thereafter, I shall apply for the renewal of my license if I still want to continue working as a nurse. Say, I applied for such renewal at the end of January 2013, and was granted the same, I’ll be given another three years to practice my nursing profession, the period of which shall be counted January 2, 2013. Now, this newly renewed license shall expire on January 2, 2016, and so on and so forth.
Observe that the renewal was reckoned on the date of my birth, regardless of the date and year of the issuance of my license for the first time, or the year when I renewed it. If I am not mistaken, this same calculations are applicable as well in the issuance and renewal of license of other Filipino professionals with PRC-issued licenses.
Easy, right? Nah… Not really.
While it seems like an easy-peasy thing, it isn’t that simple as it appears. Nowadays, one has to complete a certain number of continuing professional development (CPD) units required by the PRC before it renews anyone’s professional license.
Before, CPD units “seemed” irrelevant as a number of renewals took place notwithstanding the absence or lack of these units. However, in view of the recently enacted CPD Law, Republic Act No. 10912, also known as the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 (see pdf view below this post), the CPD has already been made a MANDATORY requirement in the renewal of licenses of professionals under the regulation of the PRC, such as nurses like me.
Where to get CPD to complete the required units?
If you are a Filipino nurse who, like me, desires to renew her license, but is clueless to death on where to get CPD lectures or seminars, I am happy that you found my post. Feel free to browse the list below, which contains all the accredited nursing CPD providers as of 11 March 2019:
I found this list while taking a break from my Obligations and Contracts readings. For some weird reasons, the word “obligation” reminded me of my CPD units. Weird, eh?
Now, if you want to take your CPD readings to the next level, well, here are other sources for you:
Republic Act No. 10912, otherwise known as the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016
Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10912
To all my beloved fellow Filipino nurses out there, I hope these help.