Registered Nurse

Nurse shortage still 'unreasonable'

The shortage of public hospital nurses is still severe, with one nurse caring for 10 or 11 patients on average, a staff association survey found.

Friday, 1 June, 2012, 12:00am


Why nurses leave public hospitals

Recently, with the aim of easing the shortage of nurses, the Hospital Authority announced that public hospitals had a hiring target of 2,000 nurses this year.

While welcoming any measure that could boost nursing numbers, I must cast doubt on the effectiveness of the authority's claim to relieve this chronic problem.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hiring surge prescribed to ease nurse shortage

Public hospitals will try to hire a record 2,000 nurses this year to ease a chronic staff shortage, a top nursing official says.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Public hospital system 'on brink of collapse' amid labour shortage

Public hospital staff yesterday repeated their call for standard working hours, warning the public health system was 'on the brink of collapse' because of manpower shortages.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hire foreign nurses, and teach them Cantonese

Hong Kong's nursing equation doesn't add up. Our public hospitals have a severe shortage of nurses, yet there is a global oversupply. A solution is nearby - in the training schools of the Philippines and possibly among our domestic helper population. So why, with our health system increasingly being compromised by the shortfall, are such options still left untapped?

20 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Demand grows for new nurses

The Hospital Authority is recruiting a significant number of enrolled and registered nurses for both new and replacement positions to meet demand and head off a shortage.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

To make the grade

The three-year master of nursing course is a full-time, self-financed programme which is open to bachelor's degree holders in any discipline.

In addition to learning theoretical concepts, the joint-venture programme enables students to study in virtual reality nursing laboratories.

16 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


New nursing courses could affect standards

Hong Kong people deserve high-quality health care provided by well-educated, prudent, capable and dedicated nurses.

Hong Kong has evolved from a fishing village into a world-class city.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Family medicine centre seeks staff

When seeking primary health care, general outpatient clinics are where most Hongkongers go to. As part of the proposed government reforms to improve health care in Hong Kong, more resources will be put into family medicine, which is widely recognised as essential primary care and an effective way to promote health.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The best way to prevent any more drug mix-up tragedies

An inquest jury last week reached a verdict of misadventure in the deaths of two of the five elderly patients involved in a drug mix-up at a Wong Tai Sin clinic ('Misadventure ruling in elderly patient deaths', September 19).

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Our overworked nurses are both professional and dedicated

Some doctors have criticised university-graduate nurses as being passionate when it comes to administrative work, but lacking enthusiasm when it comes to their clinical duties. I think such claims are unjustified and unfair.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Welfare agencies face severe lack of trained nurses

Elderly and rehabilitation services in crisis as demand rises

Elderly and rehabilitation services for more than 40,000 people are in crisis as agencies have only about 80 per cent of the nurses they need.

4 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Nurses' anger justified

THE nursing profession's outrage at proposals to lower entry requirements to easing a chronic manpower shortage is entirely justified. The problems of recruiting and retaining nurses will not be solved by lowering standards either of competence or of service to patients.

21 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Overworked nurses await healing touch

WHEN death strikes in the middle of the night, student nurse Alice feels helpless and terrified. When she began her schooling, she knew she would be dealing with critically ill patients but she did not realise how alone she would be or how little real training she would receive.

10 Apr 1994 - 12:00am