The Duty of a Nurse in Rule IV, Article VI, Sec. 28 of Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 (RA 9173)


The broad scope of nursing practice encompasses all of the responsibilities and activities carried out by registered nurses in order to address the whole variety of health experiences and interactions with health and sickness. Health promotion, prevention of diseases, health management, healthcare rehabilitation, treatment, and relief of symptoms are all included. The "Philippine Nursing Act of 2002" is also known for this. RA 9173 was passed in 2002 in order to establish a thorough description and knowledge of the nursing field.

  • A nurse is required to remain current on all events concerning a patient's treatment. They are also responsible for monitoring the patient's medical treatment and communicating any concerns or discoveries to the patient's physician or other healthcare experts.
  • Nurses have a moral and professional commitment to preserving the privacy of those who require and receive care. This includes treating information collected over the course of the connection between those individuals and nurses as confidential and limiting any use of the data obtained to professional purposes alone.
  • They are held to much higher standards since they are accountable for the lives of others.
  • Nurses must exhibit extreme prudence in their decision-making to avoid legal liability.
  • Nurses must also follow guidelines in order to serve their patients' best interests. Although certain scenarios are not predictable, a nurse must be able to make the correct judgment with pinpoint accuracy.
  • This includes balancing your time between patient care and facility efficiency, coping with workplace disputes and staffing shortages, and responsible use of social media and patient privacy.

RA 9173 was passed in 2002 in order to establish a thorough description and knowledge of the nursing field. It defines the scope of registered Filipino nurses' work, provides links with community resources, and necessitates the upgrading of professionalism in the healthcare field, patient care, levels of nursing practice, and nursing education development. This is in appreciation of the critical role nurses play in providing high-quality health care not just in the country, but across the world. Significant variables crucial to the evolution of nursing practice in the nation have evolved since the passage of RA 9173 about a decade ago. 

This involves offering humane and highly qualified nursing care, encouraging a practice environment for patients, establishing the Philippine nursing profession as a worldwide leader in the healthcare system, upholding quality requirements in nursing education and practice, and establishing guidelines for nursing career advancement.


RA 9173 must always be changed in order for Philippine nurse practitioner care to be the finest for Filipinos and the world's choice by 2030. Such amendments provide for the consolidation of the field of view and practice of nursing to include a certificate of completion, specialization, and educational requirements, the expansion of the power and authority of the Board of Nursing to strengthen its role in nursing practice decision-making processes, the development of adequate academic requirements for various levels of healthcare practice to ensure economic viability and further strengthen the nursing profession, and the provision of a better practice environment. Nursing is still the most popular job choice among Filipinos.