KUALA LUMPUR 9/10/2012: About 8,000 graduates from private nursing institutions are jobless said Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
A study carried out by the Health Ministry showed that 8,000 graduates who pursued nursing courses are jobless, especially those from private nursing institutions.
“There are some private nursing institution nurses who are jobless for almost three years. The problem is due to lack of job opportunities compared with those undergoing nursing courses.
“The Human Resource Ministry and the Health ministry will hold discussions to find a way to resolve the problem,” he told reporters after handing out appreciation letters to 60 private college nursing graduates who secured jobs through the My Career Fair 2012 organised by the Special Implementation Task Force at Wisma Perkeso here yesterday.
He added that apart from being jobless, they are also bogged down by their PTPTN study loans because they would be required to pay back such loans.
Subramaniam therefore urged graduates nurses to accept employment opportunities outside the scope of private hospitals.
“Among places that require their service are old folks homes, child care centres and centres for people with special needs,” he said.
Subramaniam said the My Career Fair 2012 which held open interviews for graduates in the medical sectors, featured employers like Sime Darby Medical Centre, Pantai Cheras Hospital, Hospital Pantai Ampang, Hospital Damai and Assunta Hospital.