by Alvin Cloyd Dakis | Manila, Philippines
Goal: pod.RN Nurses' Podcast aims to deliver interactive online shows educating essential health concerns.
The pod.RN Nurses' Podcast has its local airing name "Nars at Bayan" (The nurse & the country). This photo shows one of the podcast episode wherein the nurse-anchors (Nurse Alvin & Nurse Reign) discussed the Philippine government program deploying unemployed nurses to the underserved areas & giving them stipend during the program. During this episode, the nurse-anchors were able to interview one nurse who underwent the said program through phone patch interview.
The nurses' podcast also discuss issues concerning professional developments of nurses (such as on advance practice & specialty practice). Nurse-anchors receive responses from listening nurses & give their opinions on the topics through their posts on Facebook or Twitter.
Limited access to correct health information in the internet that fits the needs of the Filipinos. There are many websites, webpages and downloadable information about health & management of chronic diseases in the internet but only a few of which an ordinary Filipino can relate. Chronic disease management information in the internet are usually of western interventions to which many Filipinos cannot relate, or to most, very foreign. Still many Filipinos rely to traditional form of media in accessing information about health, especially chronic care management. There is also much information in the internet which is dubious, incorrect or inconsistent with those being known in the country. Filipinos culturally have low health-seeking behavior. Filipinos in general seek medical attention only when their conditions worsen. Still, many Filipinos are also very superstitious and depends their knowhow on chronic care management to quack or traditional practitioners which may not be scientific or evidence-based. Also, a lot of Filipinos do self-medicate, rely on their peers for management of their condition without seeking professional help. There are no programs that promotes primary healthcare and utilizes new media in the Philippines. The internet is a powerful tool to educate and provide correct information to many Filipinos – especially when we use the social media to which the country is a wide & vast user. However, there are only very few user-friendly, dynamic & interactive available online resources which an ordinary Filipino can access and relate to. Large pool of unused health human resource. The Philippines has a tremendous number of registered nurses who are unemployed and underemployed. Many of the country's nurses are exploited due to the fact that many are unemployed are desperately needing clinical job experience.