Many more graduates wanted to study university medical disciplines this year, but not enough of them got a chance. Schools could not accept more applicants than in previous years. At the same time, the Czechia has long struggled with a shortage of nurses and other workers in the nursing professions, the University of Pardubice and the University of Economics in Prague said in a press release on Monday.
“If more general nurses and other health professionals cannot be educated, then in 15 years we will find ourselves in a situation where hospitals will not be able to provide professional nursing care. We can collapse in health care without another pandemic,” said the dean of the Faculty of Health Studies. Jan Holá University of Pardubice. According to her, the state should help financially.
Her words confirm the results of the project of the Faculty of Health Studies of the University of Pardubice and the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics, which was supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. Their project showed that the number of newly graduated general nurses from universities and colleges is insufficient. To maintain the current number of nurses in the future, it should be at least doubled.
“The results of the project show that the current low number of graduates may lead to a 20 percent decrease in the number of active general nurses over the next 15 years. To avoid this, it is necessary to more than double the number of graduates with this qualification as soon as possible,” he said. Petr Mazouch from the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague.
Every year, 1,500 to 1,600 general nurses complete their education in the Czech Republic, which is well below the OECD and European Union average per 100,000 inhabitants. In the future, there will be problems with the overall aging of the population in hospitals and social facilities, said school representatives.
“It is up to the state representatives to address this situation and provide conditions for the schools. The state will strategically support teachers and doctors on Monday. But if we want to keep the number of general nurses to the number of doctors at least in the current 2: 1 ratio, the state must intervene. they will not solve it themselves, “said Dean Holá.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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