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Volume 4 Issue 11 Paper 1

Challenges Facing Nursing in Saudi Arabia

Adel Abdullah Hamdi, Revan Abdullrhman Ali Arishi, and Abdullah Saad Alghamdi


The objective of this paper is to review the current literature on the challenges facing the profession of nursing in Saudi Arabia. Google Scholar was searched for relevant literature. The recent studies spanning the past decade were reviewed so as to analyse the evolution of the profession, the challenges that have persisted over the years and potential interventions that may be implemented. Using a search criteria, approximately 400 papers were initially screened and then a shortlisted smaller number were then explored in detail. The research found that some of the key challenges include a poor image of the profession, lack of adequately trained staff in nursing institutions as well as an increasing workload. Issues of retention and training are also elaborated in this paper, coupled with recommendations on how to address the shortage of nurses in the country.

Keywords: Nursing, nursing education, Saudi Arabia, Saudization

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