Pakistan faces acute shortage of skilled nursing teachers: Expert

KARACHI: Dean, School of Nursing, Indus Hospital, Karachi, Amtul Anees has said that there was urgent need to improve education standard and nurses’ skills in Pakistan as per international standard.

This she said while addressing the 4th Nursing Symposium on theme of “Non-Communicable disease challenge in resources poor countries, held at Nursing Auditorium, National Institute of Child Health.

NICH Director Prof Jamal Raza, Prof Dr Jamshed Akhter, Principal School of Nursing NICH Irshad Akhter, Aliya Nasir, Shahnawaz Fazal, Sheela Naeem Zafar, Surya Memon and Khair-un-Nisa Memon were also present on this occasion.

Amtul Anees stressed the need for more hard work and struggle to bring improvement in education and skills of nurses. She said there was acute shortage of competent nursing instructors in Pakistan; therefore, nursing teachers were unable to deliver in educational institutions.

She informed that there were no skill developments programs and refreshers courses for nursing instructors in nursing educational institutions. She said nursing schools and colleges were not producing quality nurses due to unavailability of competent teachers.

She stressed the need for organizing the refresher courses and skilled development programs for nursing instructors in order to improve educational standard in the country. All large number of staff nurses, doctors, and students attended the symposium.