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Local Nurses Migrating Overseas Decreasing

The number of local nurses migrating overseas every year for greener pastures has decreased. This was revealed yesterday by Sala Matiavi, the general secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association. “The
25 Sep 2014 08:40
Local Nurses Migrating Overseas Decreasing
Flying Fijians at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva

The number of local nurses migrating overseas every year for greener pastures has decreased.

This was revealed yesterday by Sala Matiavi, the general secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association.

“The reason is probably because the majority of nurses in the workplaces now are young and need to gain a lot of experience before they start looking for greener pastures,” Ms Matiavi said.

“There are some nurses who are satisfied with the salary and in addition they also get good overtime money as we are still short of manpower.

“Everything now is money, so if nothing is done with the rising cost of living in Fiji, migration will still continue.” she said.

Ms Matiavi said the new government should try and look at improving the nurses working conditions in order to retain them.

“There were issues submitted and discussed with them last year and are still yet to be realised so the nurses are looking forward to some positive results as it is now a democratically elected government; otherwise most of the training in Fiji are just going to be for the overseas markets,” she said.

Ms Matiavi said two agents from Australia and New Zealand recently visited Fiji to recruit nurses.

“There was a good turnout; they will now have to sit the test in Fiji to be qualified to work overseas whereas before they travelled overseas to sit an exam,” she said.

She said an agent from the United Arab Emirates would also be visiting the country soon.

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