Some six thousand nurses are retired every year without begin replaced.
This was announced by Maryam Hazrati, deputy for nursing at the Ministry of Health. She added, “At the same time, the number of hospital beds have increased without hiring new nurses. This has increased the pressure on the existing nurses. While as a rule, for every nurse leaving, one should be employed.”
Hazrati said, “We have about 140,000 nurses working in the country. There is only 0.8 nurse for every bed, while the universal standard is 1.8 nurses per bed. This is a large difference which requires doubling of the number of nurses in the country.” (The state-run IRNA news agency – February 5, 2018)
Hazrati said, “In addition to the nurses who are retired naturally, a large number of nurses retire early due to the difficulty of this job, high volume of work, compulsory shipts and night shifts. Nurses under 30 years of age request early retirement and leave the hospital nursing system. And their numbers are not few.”