54% of Filipinos support hiring unlicensed nurses in public hospitals — OCTA

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Over half of Filipinos are in favor of hiring unlicensed nurses as aides or assistants to augment the workforce in government hospitals, based on the OCTA Research survey results released on Friday, Oct. 6.

According to the non-commissioned “Tugon ng Masa” survey with 1,200 adult respondents nationwide, 54 percent are in favor of public hospitals hiring nurses who have not yet passed the board exams, while 39 percent are against it.

OCTA pointed out that the proposal to hire unlicensed nurses is supported by 79 percent of those in Metro Manila, and 71 percent of those in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Visayas has the lowest percentage of respondents (32 percent) who support hiring unlicensed nurses.

In contrast, the highest percentage of adult Filipinos (64 percent) who oppose hiring nurses who have not passed the board exams as nursing assistants or aides are found in the Visayas, OCTA said.

Highest support among Class ABC, college grads

OCTA also observed that across socioeconomic classes, Class ABC has the highest level of support (60 percent) for the employment of nurses who have not passed the board exams, while most of those in Classes D (39 percent) and E (40 percent) are opposed to this opinion.

Across age groups, OCTA said the highest favorability is found among those aged 35 to 44 (61 percent), while the lowest is among those aged 75 and above (23 percent).

Meanwhile, the highest percentages of adult Filipinos against hiring nurses without licenses are found in those aged 75 and above (49 percent), followed by those aged 65 to 75 (46 percent).

Furthermore, urban areas (58 percent) have a higher percentage of adult Filipinos in favor than in rural areas (51 percent).

There are also more females (56 percent) than males (33 percent) who agree with the proposal to hire unlicensed nurses.

Adult Filipinos with college or graduate degrees also expressed the highest level of support for hiring nurses without licenses (68 percent), while those with only an elementary education or no formal education (50 percent) are the least in favor of the idea.

OCTA’s survey, which was conducted from July 22 to 26, has a ±3 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level.

Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following margins of error at a 95 percent confidence level: ±6 percent for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.  

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