Egypt’s public sector, in particular its nursing industry, is taken extremely seriously as it plays a major role in the provision of health care in the country. Around 80% of nurses are employed by the public sector, nevertheless due to a number of factors there is a significant shortage of nurses in the country.
The ratio of nurse to doctor in Egypt is much lower compared with international norms. This is largely down to economic instabilities in the country; however the government is taking a number of measures to encourage more and more people to employ a nursing career.
Becoming a nurse in Egypt
In order to become a nurse in Egypt you will need one of the following qualifications:
High school nursing education
This is a type of vocational education that takes place in lieu of high school
Technical institute nursing education
2 years of education following high school
University nursing education
4 years of education following high school
Working as a nurse in Egypt
The type of nursing education that you select will depend on the type of qualification you wish to acquire and the level in which you wish to begin your nursing career. For example if you complete a university nursing education, you will be able to begin your career at a higher level than if you were to begin at high school level. You will also be in a position to earn a higher salary at this level.
According to many, the government of Egypt does not pay nurses a high enough salary, which is why many people choose not to undertake this profession. Salaries are determined by the government of Egypt, which at present are relatively basic, particularly for Diploma level nurses. This is why many nurses choose to relocate overseas to undertake their nursing profession, rather than remaining in Egypt.
However a number of incentives are offered to public sector nurses and those who have been working in the industry for a number of years can benefit from a gradual increase in salary.