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The Order of Nurses voices its demands on the International Nurses Day

Lebanon: Saturday, May 12 - 2012 @ 10:48

Under the slogan “Today is our Day and all our other Days are yours”, the President of the Order, Claire Ghafari Zablit, explained that the slogan is intended to shed light on the affairs and pains of the nursing profession, and the methods to promote it within the five-year strategic plan launched by the Order of Nurses two years ago.

She added: “Our goals and requirements are fundamental to any professional community as these goals seek to secure the workers’ rights and to provide necessary and decent services to the man and society”. She stressed: “The authorities concerned should pay exceptional attention to the nursing profession and respond to our rightful demands as soon as possible”.

The Order of Nurses has been striving, for over four years now, with the Ministry of Public Health and the parliamentary committees concerned, to achieve one step forward in the legislation field and update the laws related to the nursing profession, such as the issuance of a new law regulating this profession, which was transferred from the Government to the Parliament under Decree No. 2337/2009, and the amendment of some articles of the Law No. 479/2002 (Establishment of the Order), with a promise of financial support to the retirement fund.

Zablit showed her disappointment as the nursing profession still did not achieve its aspirations, despite the persistent and recurrent claims from the officials and competent authorities, because “…the nursing profession is not a priority for some, who think that it does not deserve to be on the top of the list of the other problems that afflict the system in Lebanon.”

While drawing the attention to the deteriorating working conditions of which some of the nurses are suffering, especially in the government hospitals and the remote areas, she asked: “Do some people know that the perception of the nursing profession is still lagging behind the progress and importance of nursing these days? Is the community aware that the prolonged deterioration will negatively impact the whole health sector and encourage the nurses to migrate in search for better working conditions, which will pose serious threats in the future?”

Zablit confirmed that the nursing profession, with its humanitarian aspect and its privacy, did not invoke, until now, any extraordinary action or request. It still believes in the role of the Ministry of Public Health and that of the official authorities, particularly the legislative authority, to establish its rights and obligations in their correct legal and regulatory framework.”

She pointed out that the Order of Nurses prepared a set of proposals and presentations, in addition to the schedule of ranks and salaries of the workers in the nursing sector, hoping that they will find their way to legislation, because the improvement of the working conditions will be positively reflected on the quality of nursing care.

During the conference, a documentary film was shown featuring the activities and methods used in the media campaign in support of the nursing profession and shedding light on the role of nurses.

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