“Nurses are present from the moment a baby is born and to the time the person says goodbye to their loved ones and all the stages in between. Nurses play a vital role in the healthcare system across the globe,” said Dr.Haider Al Zubaidy, CEO, Canadian Specialist Hospital on the occasion of International Nurses’ Day 2015.
As the healthcare landscape changes, with the Middle East facing a sharp rise in chronic disease and conditions that require extensive care and rehabilitation such as strokes (the number one cause of disability and the third leading cause of death worldwide), a great deal more nurses will be required to shoulder the burden.
The Middle East’s healthcare system is acknowledged to be in need of a “huge workforce” of nurses by the year 2020. A recent study published in the Middle East Journal of Nursing stated that “by 2020 the number of nurses will fall nearly 20% below requirement.”
One reason for this is the crushing need for more nurses felt across the world, with highly developed nations such as the USA and UK feeling the pinch. However, the principal reason is the Middle East’s reliance on talent from overseas. “We are heavily dependent on exporting the talent from outside the UAE,” says Dr Sabahat Asim Wasti stating that “training opportunities in the UAE are limited and need to improve.”
With a multitude of â€˜mega-hospital’ projects underway in the region, the need for nursing talent is set to increase dramatically. Any shortfall in staff numbers could have a significant effect on the quality of care provided in the region. This effect could be felt especially badly in the fields of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, a discipline the UAE has struggled to recruit for.
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