Nursing is one of the oldest and most well –known professions, but public knowledge of this growing field still holds some misunderstandings. There is dire need to end these traditional myths by highlighting them in the general public as well as at social media which is today’s most powerful source of revolution. Myths About the Nursing Profession in Pakistan.
Some of the following misinterpretation about the nursing profession are the following:
Nurses are not sisters:
First, the most important misapprehension surrounding the nursing profession is that people even the educated one label a professional nurse by the word sister that is absolutely wrong and unprofessional. A glance at the history of that profession proves that today’s nurse is no more someone’s sister according to professional ethics. Nursing started in medieval times when hospitals were run by catholic churches. To take care of patients; catholic nuns were staffed as nurses. So being nuns there were called sisters, but in the 19th-century nursing hailed as a profession by Florence nightingale, the well-educated daughter of a British royal family.
She was not a nun but the first professional nurse who omitted that word sister for a nurse not only in Europe but all over the world. But Asian countries especially Pakistan and India is still suffering from these false impressions and using such kind of relationship illustrating words for a professional nurse.
Moreover, Pakistan is an Islamic country where there is no concept of nuns so why we are all still following these non-Islamic norms? The answer will be: we call them sisters in a sense of respect. But again the question is: are we left with only these unprofessional kind of terms sister and Baji for a professional lady? NO we have a lot of respectable words like miss and madam. And if we still can’t attribute them with these words then we must call them nurses as per their professional designation. Same as we do for all other professional ladies. Furthermore, Pakistan Nursing Council never mentioned the word sister for a professional nurse in official documents. Myths About the Nursing Profession in Pakistan.
Besides, now male nurses are also being inducted in the field so it would be ridiculous to call a male nurse by the word sister. In this regard, the US has already prohibited that word sister in (2010) due to the gender issue of male and female nurses. So, it’s high time to end this baseless tradition in Pakistan as well.
Nurses are parallel to Doctors:
The next important illusion about the nursing profession is that nurses are at a lower level than that of the doctors. Again, it’s completely erroneous philosophy. In reality, nurses and doctors are like two wheels of a vehicle playing a parallel role with different assigned duties. A nurse can’t perform the role of doctor; likewise, a doctor can’t perform the duty of a nurse, so the comparison between a doctor and a nurse is totally illogical. Both of them make the basis of the medical profession. Because of the low education level people used to make such kind of unreasonable comparison to discourage the nursing profession. Myths About the Nursing Profession in Pakistan.
Education Level of Nurses:
Moreover, people consider nurses to have a low education level. But actuality shows that nursing in PAKISTAN started with the diploma system of almost three years on the basis of matriculation degree. But now PNC has introduced a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) a four years degree program with one year of internship instead of a nursing diploma. Our nurses have not ended to only BSN; rather they are paving their path toward higher studies like MSN (Master of Science in Nursing), specialization in different nursing areas, and Ph.D. Dr. Raisa Gull (PhD holder nurse),RN Nafisa Iqbal(MS Public Health) are some of the brightening stars of Pakistan. So, it would be highly unjustified to consider them lower educated. Myths About the Nursing Profession in Pakistan.
BPS Scale of Nurses in Pakistan:
Another significant delusion is about the BPS scale of a qualified nurse. People even don’t know about his/her pay scale. A PNC certified nurse is a 17grade officer with a good salary package ranging between 60,000 to 1, 50,000 rupees. No one but our media is responsible for this misconception that always represents a nurse as miserable and poor creation of GOD earning only 25,000 rupees. As the recent top rating drama serial EHDE WAFA is one the best example in which a nurse represented as a despicable person of society with low character values and poor financial status. Our government and PNC should have an eye on such activities of media in which they are demoralizing the true essence of any profession.
Paramedics and LHVs are not Nurses:
Last but not the least; we have another misconception that every white uniform wearing person must be a nurse. Most of the people think that paramedics and LHVs are also nurses. But in reality we need to differentiate between them. As the paramedics and LHVs are health care providers and helping hand of doctors and nurses in the medical profession. Myths About the Nursing Profession in Pakistan.
Coming toward conclusion, it needs to mentioned that according to a survey, the nursing profession is the most trustable ranking top profession all over the world. It can also become one of the most adopted professions in Pakistan if our government and media pay their attention to end these above mentioned traditional myths and misconceptions about this field which are absolutely a big hindrance in its development. Besides, our media should highlight the role of nursing community in current scenario of COVID- 19 as BBC News admired Chinese nurse’s role at international level in fight against Corona Virus. Lastly, nurses should keep on struggling to pull out their profession from dung heap of society’s narrow mindedness with the tool of their integrity, wisdom and education.
Myths About the Nursing Profession in Pakistan.