5 reasons Saudi nurses don’t work in hospitals

There is a small proportion of Saudi nurses working in hospitals in Saudi Arabia. We have nurses that belong to different nationalities. According to a study, there are more than 87,000 expat nurses working in the Kingdom while there are only a few of the Saudi national nurses.

If we try to find out the root cause of this reason, there are 2 major reasons Saudi nurses do not work in hospitals.

  1. Poor Education

A nurse after graduation has to undertake a test conducted by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). However, many Saudi graduates repeatedly fail the test and do not qualify for being a nurse. A nurse can only get a professional license to practice the skills when she can pass the test.

Due to poor education, they fail the test and ultimately switch their careers. Dr. Sabah Abuzinada who is a nursing consultant and a senior official at SCFHS informed that in 2015 around 2,254 nurses were equipped with fake certificates and thereby were disqualified.

81% of the graduates, last year, failed the test of which the majority of them belonged to private nursing colleges and institutions.

  1. Cultural Issues

Dr. Sabah also briefed that we are out of Saudi nurses as the nation deems this profession as highly dishonorable! As the nurses have to work in a mixed environment, people believe that it is not a good profession. We have to inform the people about the importance of this profession for society.

  1. Inadequate Training

The shortage of Saudi nurses is also attributed to the non-availability of proper quality education and training in public and private sectors, lack of trained teaching staff and lack of health labs.

She also disclosed that the private sector is responsible for poor education and training facilities. Most nurses who graduated from privet institutes fail the professional classification test.

Dr. Sabah also told that the Commission has shown the lenient attitude towards the nurses who have graduated from renowned universities. However, some of the nurses are required to attend the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

  1. Workplace regulations

Dr. Sabah also briefed that workplace regulations are not suitable for nurses and they choose to quit the job. As the nurses are not facilitated with childcare and transport services, they opt to choose an alternative career!

  1. Low Salaries

Poor salaries and benefits also fail to attract male nurses in the Kingdom. However, Dr. Sabah appreciated the training programs initiated by the health commission. This would help strengthen the profession

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.