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Issues on Indian Nursing

Problems and Legal Rights of Nurses in India Menial - involving work that requires little skill or training, is not interesting, and confers low social status on somebody doing it. Dubious - not sure about an outcome or conclusion; of uncertain quality. Polluting - to make something impure or unclean, or cause harm. THATS HOW THE INDIAN SOCIETY VIEW NURSING AS A PROFESSION! In India, nurses are not given their due recognition and are often deprived of their legal rights at the workplace and in the society. A news bulletin in May 2010 issued by the World Health Organization, it was stated that nurse shortages are acute in India. An official of the Ministry of Health and director of the Indian Nursing Council had stated in the bulletin that 2.4 million nurses will be required by 2012 to ensure the nurse-patient ratio of one nurse per 500 patients. Some main problems suffered by nurses in India include: difficult working conditions low salary slow promotion opportunities lack of job security and related benefits increased risk of sexual harassment at the workplace

Legal Rights: Threat of Sexual Harassment by Doctors, Ward Boys and Others A February 2006 study by Sreelekha Nair and Madelaine Healey on A Profession on the Margins: Status Issues in Indian Nursing provides shocking information on the status of nurses in India. The study indicates that sexual harassment is an unavoidable experience for nurses.. The study states that this happens to nurses not only at the hands of superiors and doctors but by ward boys, relatives of patients and other subordinate male workers in the health care system. The study states that nurses on night shifts are most vulnerable to such threats.

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A blogger has pointed out that theyre not receiving enough compensation saying, I am a male nurse currently working in India as an emergency nurse in an ambulance.We here only receive 90.8309 euro salary. 90.8309 euro = 4,910.15 PHP IMAGINE!??? Job Opporunities in INDIA TRAINED NURSES ASSOCIATION OF INDIA TNAI helps the initiation of university level education in India. The TNAI made significant achievements in the field of nursing education. It creates awareness among nurses through Nursing journal of India and organizing continuing education programmes. Nursing job opportunities in India can be difficult to be filled in. Several openings are available as nurses in the government sector. Advertisements are posted for the same from time to time in the central government or state government employment newspapers. Eligibility for nursing jobs is usually higher secondary plus a diploma or degree in nursing. In some cases the minimum educational qualification may be decreased to matriculation with a degree or diploma in nursing. The age limit is usually from 21-35 years. Government employees the age limit is made flexible from 18-40 years. Indian Army, Air force, Navy, and the Border Security forces also hire nurses. As a nurse for the Indian armed forces you can choose to work at the army base or at their camping sites during the course of a battle. The Indian railways also recruit nurses for railway hospitals. The selection procedure for all government jobs as nurses includes a trade test and/or interview.