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In big hospitals – Government or private – nurses play a crucial part. While doctors look after patients till operation, nurses take care of post-operative trauma and assist in speedy recovery. They have not only to deal with in-patients and comfort them by their constant attendance, but also calm down the anxious helpers who accompany patients and eagerly wait for nurses in administering medicines to relieve patients from pains that are mostly unbearable at times. Their duties include regular check-up round the clock to note down temperature variations, blood -pressure changes, monitoring intra-venous injections, etc.

Shortage

According to American Nurses Association, by 2022, there will be a need for 3.44 million nurses. (Nurses Shortage Statistics, posted on January 19, 2016,by Liz Sheffield, peopleelement.com). The nursing shortage becomes serious issue when considering how it impacts patient care. Evidence suggests that some in-hospital or discharge deaths could be prevented with improved nurse-to-patient ratio.

In India, shortage of doctors is estimated at 600,000 and nurses shortage is 2 million according to scientists who found that lack of staff who are properly trained in administering antibiotics is preventing patients from accessing life-saving drugs. (India facing shortage of 600,000 doctors , 2 million nurses: Study ,last updated April 14, 2019, economictimes.indiatimes.com). In India, there is one government doctor for every 10,189 people (World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a ratio of 1:1000) and the nurses patient ratio is 1:483 which is huge.

Trying conditions

With many hospitals reluctant to hire nurses adequately, the existing staff are forced to work in trying circumstances often with extended hours as substitutes are not available most of the time. Yet, they try hard to look after patients. Despite exhaustion and work related stress, nurses rarely show anger on patients. Many of them are given adequate salary and face insecurity with high chances of firing by management.

Male nurses low

In 1970, a study from United States Census Bureau indicates the total percent of men who worked as nurses within United States in terms of all the girls who worked as nurses was just 2.7 percent.( Nursing Facts and Statistics , posted by admin on March 11 2019,trendstatistics.com). A recent check indicates that some 9.7 percent of Americans working as nurses are men.

The percentage of men as nurses in India can easily be imagined. Thus, there is a strong bias in this field. Due to low wages, tedious work conditions, many men do not prefer to work in this field. Women who mostly have limited option and little choice are forced to choose this field.

Healers

These nurses are true ‘healers’ of mankind as they serve all sections of society across caste or religion or gender and do not hesitate to touch any part of body and administer the medicines on affected part.

They should be respected and provided with better facilities for a better living

Sheshu Babu is a writer


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2 Comments

  1. Sally Dugman says:

    Sheshu has been a good personal friend of mine for some years. I cherish our friendship.

    I also have my own experiences with nurses and doctors. It’s because I was in a hospital and a rehabilitation location for two months with my going home in January of this year.

    Some nurses and doctors come to the USA from India since they get more salary in the USA. Some can even live high on the hog. For example, two married doctors from India have a huge mansion where they raise their two children.

    Sometimes these health care workers are sadistic, bossy, mean and.prone to bullying. Most are fine, but they can’t spend too much time with a single patient. They are constantly on the run and many have not been born in the USA.

    Partly this condition is due to profit margins. Hospitals and rehabilitation places keep the number of health care workers low, obviously, low on purpose.

    The government here in this country tries to lure Cuban doctors to my country. They do missionary medical medical work around the world, but are not allowed to vacate Cuba. They are kind of like Doctors Without Borders.

    We also have CPAs in my country. They deliver food, clean a person after she or he made a bowel movement in a diaper, as well as do other essential, although considered menial, tasks.

    Some of them are crazy acting, terrible In their work and act angry. Others are good. They vary much duplicate humanity in general.

    Maybe India needs this group of health care workers. It certainly would provide needed jobs.

  2. Thank you Mr Sheshu Babu. You are wonderful ,You are so smart and kind,beautiful narration,Thank you so much God bless you.