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More males urged to take up nursing

on 07 Februari 2010.

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Fatimah (fourth left) launching the conference while others look on.

KUCHING: More males are urged to join the nursing profession to complement their female counterparts in the health and medical services.

Assistant Minister of Human Resources and Training, Datin Hajah Fatimah Abdullah, in making the call said that the industry needed more males because the present ratio was 1:8 in favour of females.

She said this when addressing lecturers, matrons, nursing sisters, nursing staff, and clinical teachers participating in the one-day First Nursing Student Conference organised by the Medical and Health Faculty of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) yesterday.

“Nursing, just like teaching, is a noble profession with tremendous impact on human lives. In the case of nurses and other personnel in the medical profession, their contribution can mean life or death to their patients.

“The candidates must therefore be chosen not only based on their academic qualification but also on their (right) attitude, and after the completion of their training, they must adopt a life-long learning culture, networking, and sharing of information and experience to improve their skills and professionalism.”

Fatimah said that nursing was a growing profession, and it was projected that more than 174,00 of them would be required by 2020. Based on statistics there were only about 75,000 of them now in the public and private sectors.

“The ideal figure is one nurse for every 200 people in the country by 2020,” she added.

The conference carried the theme ‘Sharing The Knowledge’. It was the first time such a conference was held in Sarawak.

The conference was a great opportunity for the students to present their innovative projects in a clinical setting as well as to present free papers based on the theme by other nursing institutions.
Its objectives were to gather student nurses from various (nursing) institutions in the state, sharing of knowledge and experience, and to provide a platform to networking.

The participants included nursing students from UNIMAS, University Technology Mara (UiTM), Health and Allied Sciences College (KSKB), College of Nursing Serian, College of Nursing Sibu, Masterskill, International College and Advanced Technology Systems (ICATS), SEGIi College, and i-System College.

Also present at the opening ceremony were UNIMAS Vice- Chancellor Prof Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Assoc Prof Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman, State Health Director Dr Zulkifli Jantan, UNIMAS’ Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Tan Sri Professor Dr Mohamad Taha Arif, and Head of Nursing Department Jane Buncuan.

News Taken From : Eastern Times Online, Sunday, February 7th, 2010

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