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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-12

An overview of nursing in Saudi Arabia


1 General Directorate of Training and Scholarship, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Mansour Saleh AlYami
General Directorate of Training and Scholarship, Ministry of Health, P. O. Box 36312, Riyadh - 11419
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.126058

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Achieving and maintaining a stable nursing workforce is an important issue for the well-being of the rapidly growing population of Saudi Arabia. However, high turnover of expatriate staff and low recruitment of Saudi nationals have led to a serious staff shortage in the professions, particularly of well-qualified and experienced nurses. Nursing leaders need to work to improve the image of nurses and facilitate the recruitment of women into the nursing profession. Reduced working hours and part-time contracts with increased salaries and benefits could attract more young women to the profession, as might the provision of facilities such as private transportation and on-site childcare. Furthermore, establishing a national association for nurses would advance the nursing profession and help to ensure that all nurses undertake fully comprehensive training before entering the workforce.


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