First time in the history of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar, a large number of male registered nurses (RNs) have been recruited. Recently, 98 male RNs have joined LRH in Peshawar.
Recruitment of these male RNs is being considered as a historical step. Because, according to the reports, only 5 male RNs were recruited at LRH from 1927 to 2015. However, the present government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has correctly assessed the need of male RNs. Therefore, Male RNs have been appointed at many hospitals of the province.
The newly appointed male RNs have gone through a three-day orientation program organized by Nursing Education Services Division (NESD) of LRH. The orientation program seems to be very organized. The director nursing Ms Shaheen Ghani and the coordinator NESD Mr Muhammad Ilyas are prominent figures among their team. The nursing departments of other government hospitals in other provinces can relate their Institutes to these activities in order to engage a healthy competition.
Male RNs in Pakistan
Nursing was considered as a female profession in the past. However, the number of male RNs is growing across Pakistan. Balochistan, Sindh, and KPK provinces were already recruiting the RNs in government hospitals. Whereas, there were no vacancies for male RNs in the Punjab province. However, the Punjab government has also started recruiting male RNs. One such example can be seen here.