Being a nurse in Pakistan

From asking for their numbers to taking pictures of them, nurses face immense harassment from patients.

Maati Tv January 03, 2012
Nurses work shifts that last 12 to 24 hours. They perform numerous unpleasant procedures and even put their own lives at risk for the sake of their patients.

Many nurses say they are harassed by young men who come in as either patients or relatives of the patient. They are asked personal questions and are, often unable to perform their duties due to harassment. Asking a nurse for her phone number is a regular occurrence in the hospitals of Pakistan. Patients even ask them if they can photograph them, and sometimes take pictures while the nurse is not looking.

Under these conditions, many nurses have become resentful towards their line of work. They have vowed never to let their daughters pursue a similar professional path. This is especially alarming because doctors state that Pakistan is facing a severe shortage in terms of nursing staff.

On paper, nursing would seem like a job that would command widespread respect . However, sadly, this is not the case for nurses in Pakistan.

This video blog originally appeared here.
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sherry | 12 years ago | Reply @Vikram: you are right.
M Abdullah | 12 years ago | Reply Let me tell you something. Go visit a Government hospital. Contrary to the rules and regulations, you will find the wards are full of attendants. It is no different to being in a fish market. And then people wonder why there is such a high infection rate. Because it is a bazaar out there! And then you expect a Nurse to be able to work in that environment where men, yes men who have plenty of time on their hands, are sitting there around the patient, scanning the nurses more efficiently than an x-ray machine could ever do. And please, do not for one minute pretend that this society has respect for nurses. You know the reality. I salute our sisters, daughters and mothers who make ends meet for their families in such difficult economical times in a society where they are not given the respect that they deserve.
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