A quality professional segment in the Canary Islands but with few templates

Image of the presentation this week of the study commissioned by the Official College of Nursing of Las Palmas. / C7

Canarias is the community with the youngest nursing in Spain, according to data from the study by the Colegio de Las Palmas

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms.

The first report on the situation of nursing in the Canary Islands reveals that only 45% of its "poor" staff of 14,500 professionals, 78% women, -5,500 with a postgraduate, master's or doctorate-, have a permanent job, which has taken a long time to achieve an average of 15 years, while 15% are interim and 40% temporary.

According to this survey, completed last March by 1,407 nurses, 10% of the workforce, the Canary Islands is the community with the youngest nursing in Spain -for each retiree, 2.2 graduates from its universities-, which, in terms In general, they are satisfied with their profession, but not with the conditions available for their development, a lack of motivation that affects those who work in the public sector to a greater degree.

The president of the Official College of Nursing of Las Palmas, Rita Mendoza, regretted that an A2 category continues to be assigned, instead of A1, to nurses with postgraduate, master's or doctorate degrees, who, in addition, see how the job instability to which they are subdued prevents them from developing the competence for which they have been trained "because the environment changes" constantly.

"Nurses are increasingly necessary in the face of present and future health challenges"

Mendoza warned that all these factors pose "a serious threat to the health system in the Canary Islands, given the push from other Spanish territories" and the rest of Europe with serious difficulties in filling the vacancies that are occurring in their infirmaries, which it predicts "a scenario of high competition in the coming years."

“Nurses are increasingly necessary in the face of present and future health challenges. Population aging, the increase in chronic diseases or the increase in dependency are some of the factors that force us to have more and better health care,” said Mendoza.

It is a profession that, despite its great job instability, which has an impact on patient care, and the extra effort it has had to make to help "contain" the covid-19 pandemic in its first deadly waves, is very more motivated in the Canary Islands than in other autonomous communities, as reflected by the fact that 52% of those surveyed have shown themselves willing to return to study nursing, which has ruled out 26.7%.

The president of the Official College of Nursing of Las Palmas, Rita Mendoza stressed that the fact that nurses "are not in the decision-making of the public health system in the Canary Islands, which has a direct impact on the health of the population because they do not care is planned with the vision of those who know the most» about it.

A week with a variety of acts

The profession celebrates International Nurses Day this week, with scientific and recreational events in which more than 2,000 nurses will participate. After the presentation, last Monday, of this report, it was followed on Tuesday in Fuerteventura by scientific conferences on the importance of nursing in the promotion of breastfeeding, in which trainers from the Initiative for the Humanization of Birth Assistance and Breastfeeding, promoted by the WHO and Unicef.

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