This article is dedicated for International Nurses Day. Beloved Florence Nightingale’s Birthday- May 12.
It is not to talk about a rosy picture. But the bitter facts.
Nursing as a career has always been tough. It is quite evident that they are paid lesser than what they deserve and low coverage on their medical risks and life protection.
Nurses are serving with great compassion as care takers with no difference between day and night. I wonder that even on the basis of Humanity, why they are being paid below standards.
Especially in Government hospitals, the pay is said to be extremely below standards and the ratio of patients to nurse which is essentially to be 4:1 has always been over accomplished. There are large number of vacancies in the nursing field. But why will one want to take it up as a career if it leaves one in sub-standard livelihood conditions.
In every career path, one has to make their way and move ahead. But in medical services, is that possible?
Forecast of opportunities from the Bureau of Labour Statistics says, by 2018, 22% of increase is expected in nursing jobs. The point of contemplation is, how we can bring the career back to boom and how as a society we promise this to be a respectable and promising career to the future generation.
We as a country are trying to bring equal career opportunities and to strike a healthy balance by giving adequate manpower into every stream. On the other hand, inadequate staffing and over responsibility had been evident over two decades in the Nursing profession.
This condition is not just affecting nursing but various other professions, leading to scarcity in many fields.
What can be done to solve this problem?
As an individual, one has to strive to achieve excellence and standards that their profession deserves. The fear that sets in one’s mind only proves to be ruining the opportunities for the future generation including themselves.
Career is pursued with passion. Low pay should not become a reason for not securing higher pay in future. Withstanding that pain and proving that what we do is unique and earning deserving respect and remuneration is the real victory.
Everything we do today has a reflection on tomorrow. We just hope, in the coming days, the service to human kind is not underestimated.