Over 235,000 Nurses Work in Saudi Arabia, a 23% Increase in Just Seven Years

Over 235,000 Nurses Work in Saudi Arabia, a 23% Increase in Just Seven Years

RIYADH: According to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, over 235,000 registered nurses will be in Saudi Arabia by 2023.

On the eve of International Nurses Day, which was observed on May 12, the Ministry of Health released a report indicating that the overall count of male and female nurses experienced a growth of over 23 percent between 2016 and 2023.

By 2023, 235,461 registered and classified nurses will be working in the Saudi health sector overall. In 2018, the Ministry of Health released a report indicating that there were 184,565 registered nurses, 70,319 Saudi nationals. foreign healthcare workers comprise about 70 percent of the total number of nurses and are mostly Indian, Filipino and Malaysian.

As per the most recent report, the Ministry of Health employs over 106,000 nurses, whereas the number of nurses in other government agencies is estimated to be around 15,000. The number of male and female nurses in the private sector has increased by 67,000, making 235,461 total in the health sector. 14 universities in Saudi Arabia have nursing departments.

As one of the programmes under Saudi Vision 2030 that supports health personnel in the Kingdom in improving the provision of high-quality health services, the ministry is implementing the strategy to support the nursing profession in collaboration with the appropriate government agencies. This program has helped to empower and support the nursing profession as a humanitarian.

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