Nurses have their say

(The Nation) When I decided to study nursing, I was convinced I was going to have a secure job. But things haven’t turned out the way I expected…I have been working as an employee for years, never knowing when my employment contract will be terminated. I don’t want to give up, though. I want to be recruited as a civil servant one day. Of course, as a nurse, I want to help patients. But I also hope I can enjoy a secure job too”.

Yupin Ketdee a professional nurse at an inpatient ward of Lop Buri’s Chaibadarn Hospital

“I have been working really hard because the ward has about 49 inpatients to tend to… Competition for civil-servant nursing spots is so high. There were only eight seats available the last time the exam was held.

“I am now preparing myself for the next exam…But if I really can’t enter the civil services, I may consider starting a small business.”

Oratai Tumnok, a professional nurse at the intensive-care unit of Lop Buri’s Chaibadarn Hospital

“I have been working at state hospitals for seven years, but still have not been recruited as a civil servant…Sometimes, I think I should apply for a job at a [different] hospital instead. But my parents really hope to see their daughter become a civil servant. I have thus decided to stay put.”

Nitipong Puangmalai, a professional nurse in the male inpatient department of Lop Buri’s Chaibadarn hospital “I have been working here since May. The workload is huge. In the morning shift, we have five nurses for 34 patients in beds. The number of nurses falls to three in the afternoon shift, and just two during the night shift. I want to work for people. So, I have decided to work at a state hospital. But I can’t say whether I will switch to a private hospital in the future.”