Ma­jor­ity of nurses in Tai­wan think about quit­ting: poll

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Over 90 per­cent of nurses in Tai­wan have thought about leav­ing their cur­rent jobs over the past year, ac­cord­ing to a job bank sur­vey re­leased Mon­day.

The poll by 1111 Job Bank, one of Tai­wan’s lead­ing hu­man re­sources agen­cies, showed that 92 per­cent of nurses con­sid­ered quit­ting over the past year, while more than 50 per­cent thought about switch­ing to a dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion.

The three main rea­sons given were that med­i­cal per­son­nel were not be­ing re­spected (70 per­cent), a poor med­i­cal sys­tem (55 per­cent), and long work­ing hours and be­ing on call around the clock, (49.2 per­cent).

Other rea­sons listed were over­work and work pres­sure (48 per­cent), and dis­crep­ancy be­tween work and in­come (32.7).

Daniel Lee, vice pres­i­dent of 1111 Job Bank, said the prob­lem is linked to in­creas­ing work­load and pres­sure de­riv­ing from the na­tion- al health in­sur­ance sys­tem and a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween med­i­cal per­son­nel and pa­tients, which have worn down the nurses’ en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment.

The poll in­di­cated that nurses who have been work­ing in the pro­fes­sion for five to seven years are most in­clined to seek po­si­tions else­where, while those who have been work­ing for seven to nine years are most likely to switch pro­fes­sions.

For those think­ing about chang- ing ca­reers, the most pop­u­lar op­tions in­clude the beauty in­dus­try, hos­pi­tal­ity, hu­man re­sources and ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions, aca­demic and ed­u­ca­tional ca­reers, and jobs in the biotech­nol­ogy, chem­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries, ac­cord­ing to the poll.

Many nurses hope to prac­tice their pro­fes­sion but are forced to give up when they get mar­ried and start a fam­ily, be­cause they can­not cope with the shift work at hos­pi­tals, Lee said, cit­ing the poll.

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