The Punjab government on Tuesday issued orders to upgrade all 44 nursing schools as colleges across the province. According to the health department, the Pakistan Nursing Council has granted approval for the transformation of the nursing schools into nursing colleges.
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that now nurses would be able to complete Masters and PhD degrees in these institutions.
Dr Rashid highlighted that 500 male nurses had been recruited by the government for the first time in the history of the province, while the Shahadra Nursing College had been reserved for the training of male nurses.
“In the next two years, five more nursing colleges will be established in Punjab and the stipend for nurses will be increased from Rs20,000 to Rs31,000 per month,” she added.
Moreover, the minister said that now every year 2,350 nurses would be given admission instead of 1600.
She also said that two midwifery schools would be upgraded to colleges in Lahore and Chakwal.
She said the government had hired 5,000 nurses and sent a requisition to the Punjab Public Service Commission for hiring another 1,700, including 10% quota for males.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2021.
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