Iran: Nursing students protests across the country

Iran: Nursing students protests across the country

Published by on December 3, 2015

Nursing students and their professors at the University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan formed a human chain on Monday, November 30, 2015, to protest a recent Health Ministry directive to hospitals to train people for nursing without having to attend courses at school.

They demanded cancellation of the government decision in this regard.
On the same day, nursing students at the Medical School of Neishaboor (central north Iran) staged a protest and signed a petition demanding cancellation of the plan for one-year training of nurses at hospitals.

On Saturday, November 28, students of nursing at the University of Tabriz staged a gathering and signed a petition calling for cancellation of nurses’ training at hospitals.
On Monday, November 30, the Nursing Community of Aligoodarz (southwest Iran) joined students in other cities and wrote an open letter to officials describing the Health Ministry’s plan as “anti-popular” and a serious blow to the country’s social health.

Students and professors of nursing at the Medical School of Birjand (northeastern Iran) also protested the plan for training of nurses at hospitals by staging a gathering on Monday, November 30.
In Tehran, students of nursing at the Medical School of Beheshti University staged a rally in protest to the new plan by the Ministry of Health. Their motto was: “Nursing students’ employment future is being destroyed.”

On December 1, students of nursing at the Medical University of Kashan (central Iran) also staged a protest and wrote a letter of protest to the Ministry of Health.

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