College graduate nurses seek equal recognition

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AMMAN — About 4,000 nurses who graduated from community colleges and work at the Ministry of Health have been waiting for a long time to receive raises and benefits, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The Health Ministry classifies the job of those nurses as “other professions” because they do not have an association that recognizes and defends their rights.

Joining the Jordan Nurses and Midwives Council requires a nurse to have a bachelor’s degree in the field; as a result, graduates from community colleges are not able to join the council.

A member of the committee representing “participant, assistant, and worker” nurses, Iyad Abu Joudeh, said the unrecognized nurses have been calling for equal recognition, on par with the rest of the ministry professions. He said that no resolution has been found despite repeated promises.

The college-graduated nurses studied at institutions affiliated with Al-Balqa Applied University, and took courses set by the Ministry of Higher Education, according to Abu Joudeh, who added that the Health Ministry permits the nurses to practice their profession.

The nurses have also called for an increase in their technical allowance from 60 per cent to 135 percent, similar to that of university-degree nurses, for years.

Other demands include allowances for transportation and the possibility of overtime pay.

According to Al-Ghad, the Jordan Nurses and Midwives Council has reportedly rejected the membership of community college nurses over fears they will not be able to fulfill their financial obligations to the council.

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