News or nuse? Sept 9, 2008 14:51:33 GMT 1
Post by Bonobo on Sept 9, 2008 14:51:33 GMT 1
Is there a strong interest in the medical field - nursing in particular - in Poland? What things do/do not attract people to this career choice?
Crisis in Poland’s hospitals
Created: 02.09.2008 11:00
Spurred by widespread picketing, the Department of Health Services is undergoing reforms that would change the minimum number of nurses required on shifts. Poland’s medical field is experiencing a shortage of nurses, with sometimes two nurses on an afternoon shift that normally demands four.
“Dziennik Polski” reports that, in the last fours years, approximately 7700 nurses have left the country seeking work abroad. This points to a greater problem than simply work stress.
The Professional Union of Nurses and Midwifes (ZZPP) is pushing to change the law. Their secretary, Grazyna Gaj, points out that in most European Union countries, the mandate is a minimum of one nurse to eight patients.
Current mandates regarding the minimum number of required healthcare providers on shift date back to 1999 and fall short of reality. Many hospitals in the Warsaw region report that they have as little as one nurse to forty patients on a night shift. (mmj)
Nurses have been underpaid for decades in Poland. Probably one of the lowest paid jobs with a lot of responsibility. However, there was constant influx to the job because many Polish girls used to be caring/sympathetic by character and chose to be a nurse for idealistic reasons.
The times has changed. Now young people are directed by materialism, not idealism, in their choice of jobs. Hard to say if it is so bad. If we support capitalism, we must also support that change of views. Otherwise, we will have to go back to communism, when people earned more or less the same notwithstanding their actual effort in work and consequently economy was in stagnation.
Now people are materialistic and economy is thriving.
After the borders became open a few years ago, nurses has been going to work abroad because there they can earn 5 times as much as in Poland. I remember running courses in hospitals for doctors and nurses in 1990s, probably most of my former students are working abroad today. One pretty nurse even wanted to have conversations with me in private but I had a girlfriend and couldn`t. ;D ;D ;D
The black side of nurse problem is bribes. Some nurses limit thier activity in work to minimum, unless they receive special gratification from patients or their family. A lot of people complain or just remark that they had to pay nurses extra fees for taking care of the family member. It is somehow taken for granted.
Nurses organise striked regularly. The one in 2007 lasted for several weeks, they put up tents before the governments`s headquarters in Warsaw and demanded pay rise. It was so spectacular that it even got its own entry in Wikipedia:
The White town of nurses pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia%C5%82e_miasteczko