Dubai, Oct 20: UAE government has made a bachelor’s degree in nursing is the minimum educational qualification for registered nurses. Over 200 Indian nurses have already lost their jobs and many others are demoted.
Earlier, diploma certificates were enough to secure a job of nurse in the UAE. However, with the new minimum educational requirement, it seems the diploma holders will have to vacate the positions.
For some of the nurses, who have the diploma certificates, they are asked to complete the Post Basic B Sc nursing programme from universities in the UAE accredited by the Ministry of Education (MoE) latest by 2020. Otherwise, they also risk losing their jobs.
There is another issue that is faced by the nurses who have enrolled for the university programmes. The universities have denied issuing any equivalent certificate in lieu of their diploma certificate, which they have already earned.
According to the nurses, who are on the verge of losing their jobs, the Ministry of Education issues a certificate that is equivalent to the diploma certificates issued by the state of Kerala. The nursing council of the Kerala is the only Indian nursing body that is recognized by the ministry of Dubai.
The majority of the nurses serving in the gulf countries are from the state of Kerala.
The affected nurses are saying that they are left in a do or die situation as they are not able to continue their studies and apply for a new job.