ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of unemployment in the nursing sector, the Health Ministry has decided that 400 new posts of nurses will be created in the current and next financial years to provide employment to nursing students passing the examinations.This decision along with some other important steps were taken in a high level meeting to discuss the problems of the nursing sector, held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Ejaz Rahim, Minister for Health.
It was decided that the highly trained nurses who complete their specialization Diplomas and Post-graduation will receive due place in the Recruitment and Promotion rules. A model will be created in the federal hospitals under the Ministry of health for this purpose.The meeting took note of the President’s directive to provide scholarships in the Nursing Sector. It was decided to move a summary to the Finance Division for implementation of the President’s directive on scholarships for nurses.
It was also decided that nursing matters in the Federal Government will be placed under an upgraded unit headed by a competent Nursing Advisor. If a suitable candidate is not available, open advertisement will be placed in the media for a highly qualified Nursing Advisor.The meeting decided that hands-on experience of nurses in teaching hospitals must be ensured. The Minister referred to complaints that nursing students were not receiving sufficient opportunities of actual delivery cases in Labour Rooms. This situation must be looked into effectively, he said.
The meeting resolved that necessary changes in the Pakistan Nursing Council Act may be finalized by the Committee headed by Chief Health in the Ministry of Health within two weeks. The Minister advised that the provincial governments must be empowered, and Federal Government should concentrate on improved monitoring. Unnecessary centralization should however be avoided, he added.-SANA