Covid -19..Opportunities for Nurses Skyrocket.
- August 13, 2020
- Posted by: Manjoorans Academy
- Category: Blog
Covid -19 – Opportunity for Nurses SkyRocket.
The pandemic which has engulfed and the whole world and paralysed nations all over the world has been instrumental in making revolutionary changes in the belief systems of people no matter where they are from and what they do.The age old beliefs which people considered sacred and holy have been shaken and this includes personal, political, religious beliefs.Also this has had a tremendous influence on economy, business,health and what not.
While tourism and all business related to this particular industry has been hard hit, business of any nature has not escaped the sword of this disease which still reigns unconquered by modern medical science till now.The politicians, religious leaders, God man and God woman, philosophers, scientists, virologists,researchers have been silenced by this invisible enemy which makes one realise how helpless we are on this spaceship which itself somehow manages to escape the rain of meteors both large and small almost every hour.
Though the thoughts shared above may sound dark and gloomy, there are enough reasons to believe that not everything is bad.Covid -19 has brought families together,taught people that they can live without doctors and hospitals,made them return to herbal and traditional medicines,helped them change their lifestyle and eating habits, made them realise the importance of minimalism,opened their eyes to the fact that they can survive any crisis and this pandemic will also pass away.
In addition to the positive aspects of the pandemic mentioned above there are certain segments of business and professions which have been blessed by this unwelcome visitor. Pharmaceutical companies ,quack medical practitioners, miracle drug producers,hungry TV channels and other news media have some real stuff to be happy about.
As many businesses have gone bust and employees being laid off or asked to leave one profession which has been in heavy demand is nursing. Nurses all over the world are the most sought after professionals as they are in the forefront of the fight against this deadly virus.Though many have fallen in their fight to protect other’s lives, they are still considered angels protecting lives hence the demand for nurses has skyrocketed all over the world. Already the world especially the Western World has been suffering from serious nursing crunch for many years the situation has worsened due to Covid-19.Imagine hospital wards and rooms full of ailing patients and only a handful of nurses to look after them and your imagination is no more imagination but now is is a reality in the case of many developed countries which heavily depend on nurses from countries like India and the Philippines.
The UK there are 40000 nursing vacancies even though NHS (National Health Service) aimed to recruit 5000 overseas they could only recruit 1,600 nurses between 2017-18.Though the UK NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) has liberalised the entry requirements of nurses, the nursing shortage still continues unsolved and is serious challenge to the health sector in the UK.
According to WHO, there is a global shortage of 5-9 million nurses.The study by World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses warns that countries around the world are facing a serious shortage of nurses – a problem that could worsen in the years to come.Pandemic ike Covid-19 has made the situation worse and it is scary.
To quote the words of Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu ‘the world needs to learn from Covid-19 that it is essential to invest in nursing”.
In the case of the Republic of Ireland, a study projects the economy will create 1.6 million openings for nurses through 2020 but there will not be enough nurses to fill those openings.The Irish expect a shortfall of 2000,000 nursing professionals by 2020.
According to a report from Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Canada is on the track to have a nursing shortage of 60,0000 by the year 2022.The aging nursing force in Canada poses a threat to the health care industry in Canada.
Another country reeling under the pressure of shortage of nurses is Australia where according to Department of Health there is a projected shortfall of approximately 85,000 nurses by 2025.Unfortunately it is a chronic condition and this could undermine Australia’s health care system.
The Federal Republic of Germany which is the economic hub of Europe is seriously looking beyond the EU to import nurses. Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks of inviting nurses from non EU countries and make their transition to Germany easier by relaxing visa regulations.According to ‘Rheinisch Westfalisches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung”this European country expects a shortfall of 84,000 nurses till 2020.
Sweden is also in the grip of a nursing shortage and there is a very high demand for Nurses in Sweden and other countries in the Scandinavian belt. Norway and Denmark suffer from a shortage of nurses.
In the USA, according to Nursing Times, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics projects 1.1 million additional nurses are needed to avoid shortage of nurses.Employment opportunities for nurses are expected to grow at a faster rate (1.5%) than all other occupations.
In the land of Kiwi (New Zealand) one in five New Zealnders is retiring in the next five years threatening a possible nursing crisis.Among the nurses 43% are above 50 years and 20% are above 60 years.New Zealand 25.000 more nurses will be needed by 2030.New Zealand like other countrie have no other option but to import nurses from overseas.
By 2020, it is estimated that Europe may be short of two million health care workers and the countries they are targeting are not only Eastern European nations but Asian countries like India and the Philippines.
From what has been shared above one can come to a logical conclusion that the so called third world countries like India and the Philippines should plan their education system to meet the future requirements of countries mentioned above and the other countries which are likely to follow.India has a major role to play in this area because Indian nurses especially nurses from the tiny southern state Kerala are held in respect in many countries and this can be accomplished by partnering and planning curriculum with the countries who prefer to have Indian nurses. (1056 words).