Rodolfo C. Borromeo, RN, Ed.D.; Maria Linda G. Buhat, RN, Ed.D
Nursing practice in the Philippines over the years have greatly improved, which paved the way for having developed practices that are the best all over the world. Guided with the set standards and innovative measure, the Filipino nursing workforce created its own niche in the healthcare industry. However, a need also exist to look into some of the gray area in the Philippine nursing service, and one of which is the nomenclature or the language title that is being used in classifying nurses by position.
In the country, variations in the terminologies being utilized to address nurses by position are present. As an exemplar, a particular healthcare facility would address the highest position in the nursing service as the chief nurse, while director of nursing in another. One hospital may call the unit head as a unit manager while others a head nurse.
Looking at the international scenario, the rationale for standardized title and classifications for nursing applies all over the world. Classifications the rather new idea in nursing (Clarck,2001). Classifying nurses using a common language or title is vital in giving a picturesque of more professional disciplined nursing in the health industry.
Hence, leveraging on the goal of standardizing the nomenclature of nurses in the Philippines, the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines, Inc. (ANSAP) undertake to determine the prevailing title in the positions that nurses occupy in selected government and private hospitals all over the Philippines.
This research work is deemed to be beneficial as the data gathered will provide information on the differences in the language being used in classifying, Filipino nurses in the Philippines Hospitals by position. The study may drive realization and reflection on the need to standardize the nomenclature of nurses in the Philippines. It may also suggest a framework that may guide in further developing the standards in the language used in Philippines nursing practice.
Based on the findings the following are concluded:
1. Variations in the used to classify nurses by position exist in the Philippines nursing service
2. There is a need to standardize the nomenclature of nurses in the Philippines.
1. Standardization of title for every managerial position.
2. To the agencies involved to consider the recommended standardization.
ANSAP RECOMMENDED NOMENCLATURE FOR NURSE MANAGERS
TOP LEVEL NURSING SERVICE CATEGORY
CHIEF NURSING OFFICER (Chief Nurse/Director Nursing Service)
ASSITANT CHIEF NURSING OFFICER (Asst. Chief Nurse/Asst. Director Nursing Service)
MIDDLE LEVEL NURSE MANAGER CATEGORY
FIRST LEVEL NURSE MANAGER CATEGORY (Head Nurse)