The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the nursing crisis, as the demand for nurses grows even as more nurses leave their positions.
Nurses are in such short supply in Singapore hospitals and clinics that at least one private hospital association is offering a “finder’s fee” of SGD12,000 to anyone who can assist in the recruitment of an experienced nurse.
According to a media source on Thursday, even a new graduate nurse joining the hospital can make introducer a windfall of at least SGD3,600 at the organization.
The COVID-19 epidemic has exacerbated the nursing crisis, as the demand for nurses grows even as more nurses leave their positions.
“Nursing is in high demand everywhere,” a private hospital administrator told The Straits Times on condition of anonymity.
“Because there is minimal chance of foreign nurses obtaining permanent residency in Singapore, many utilize it as a stepping stone to greater positions in places such as Canada. They have no future in this town, “According to reports, the administrator stated.
At the beginning of two decades, the number of nurses working in Singapore decreased last year. This year, the situation is significantly worse.
Janil Puthucheary, minister of state for health, told Parliament earlier this month: “In the first half of 2021, roughly 1,500 healthcare personnel quit, compared to about 2,000 annually prior to the epidemic.”
“Foreign healthcare professionals have also quit in greater numbers, particularly when they are unable to see their family in their native countries.
“In the 1st half of 2021, close to 500 foreign doctors and nurses resigned, compared to roughly 500 in the whole of 2020,” Puthucheary was recorded as stating.
Because of the high stress and long hours that come with dealing with the epidemic, when manpower needs are higher and compounded by reduced staff numbers, several healthcare personnel has quit.
“When there are more patients than resources, the staff is stretched to the breaking point,” one public-sector nurse recently noted in her blog piece Desperate and Distraught. “And it’s only getting more critical by the day.”
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