'Nursing deemed highest form of service in Kerala: Dileep
Indian Nursing Council President T Dileep Kumar feels that Indian women can achieve their goal worldwide provided people in other states develop their mindset towards their sisters and daughters as their brethren in Kerala.
"Nursing is deemed highest form of service in Kerala due to which women from the state have made their own identity not only in the country but also abroad. Nurses from Kerala are accorded special priority in medical profession," Mr Kumar told UNI here.
People in Kerala not only educate their daughters but also help them in building a career by spending nearly Rs 3-4 lakh on their higher education on an average, he said.
"In Kerala, people inculcate the feeling of service in their daughters right from childhood. Awareness towards higher education and service is in their blood," Mr Kumar said.
Replying to a query, Mr Kumar said the number of trained nurses has increased due to rise in the number of trained colleges in the past few years. However, nurses are exploited by private nursing homes that employ them on very low salaries as compared to government hospitals.
The position of nurses should be higher than doctors without much difference in their pay scales. Mr Kumar added and pointed out that surgeons cannot enter into operation theater without the permission of nurses at certain places.
About when will nurses in the country gain true honour as in other countries, Mr Kumar said quality nursing education and increasing importance of nurses in foreign countries will provide them the place they deserve in the next 5-6 years. Besides, increase in salaries will bring more young persons into the fold of this profession.