Croatia Focusing on Halting Brain Drain of Nurses

By 5 May 2019

ZAGREB, May 5, 2019 - Nurses throughout the world are observing their week from 5 to 12 May, and Croatia has joined in the campaign to highlight the importance of the role of nurses and medical technicians in promoting health for all.

The leader of the Croatian National Nursing Association, Adriano Friganović, has issued a press release on the occasion of the start of the International Nursing Week, urging the authorities to make sure that Croatia can follow the example of developed European Union member-states and thus prevent the brain drain of nurses and med techs.

"Croatia has 38,000 nurses and medical technicians, and although they are the largest group of healthcare providers in the system, their status is not satisfactory," reads the press release.

Croatia is experiencing the nursing shortage, and an estimated additional 12,000 nursing professionals are needed in the system, according to the press release.

Friganović also writes about violence to which nurses are being exposed in healthcare institutions.

The Health Ministry in cooperation with nursing professionals' institutions is supposed to create a positive climate and halt the brain drain.

One of the steps is to recognise the qualifications the nursing technicians have acquired, he added.

International Nursing Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nursing commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nursing Day (IND) resources and evidence. This year the main theme is "Nurses - Voice to Lead: Health for All".

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