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|In 2012 the Malaysian Nursing Board increased the minimum entry requirement for the diploma in nursing programme from 3 credits to 5 credits at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).|
|Number of Programmes available in Malaysia|
|7||Bachelors Degree in Nursing in Malaysia||21|
|10||Masters Degree in Nursing in Malaysia||3|
|Source : Malaysian Qualifications Agency(MQA) November 2013|
There are 98 public and private institutions in Malaysia offering diploma and degree in nursing programmes. Diploma graduates dominate almost the entire nursing service, placing nursing in the sub professional group within the government structure.
Source : Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia 11th October, 2010
Out of the above 98 institutions:
4 Type of Nursing Institutions in Malaysia
|Number of Institutions|
|1||Nursing Colleges attached to PUBLIC hospitals||43 colleges|
|2||Nursing Colleges attached to PRIVATE hospitals||13 colleges|
|3||Nursing programmes offered by UNIVERSITIES with medical faculties||9 universities|
|4||PRIVATE NURSING COLLEGES established with the approval of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, and accredited by the National Accreditation Board||11 colleges|
POPULAR NURSING COLLEGES
Nursing College (now
Kumpulan Perubatan Johor (KPJ) International
The largest nursing college in Malaysia
is MasterSkill College of Nursing, which admits 1,000 nursing students
THE 8 HEALTH GOALS
Of THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH MALAYSIA
1- Wellness focus
2- Person focused
3- Informed person
4- Self help
5- Care provided at home or closer to home
6- Seamless continuous care
7- Services tailored to individualized care
8- Effective efficient and affordable services
|4 Type of Nursing Colleges in Malaysia|
Malaysia has 75,000 registered nurses in the public and private sector.
Tun Tan Cheng Lock College of Nursing is the first private nursing school in Malaysia established in 1961 at the Assunta Hospital.
The demand for nurses has increased tremendously for the past few years due to the rapid progression in the healthcare sector in Malaysia.
Malaysia is yet to have an International Nursing
University - an
international university specializing in nursing studies. The presence of
such a university would augur well for the development of academic
excellence and professional skills in the nursing profession in Malaysia.
Before most people thought that nurses were only
supposed to feed and wash patients in hospitals. Today, the public have
come to realize that nurses also provide nursing diagnosis. This is
distinct from medical diagnosis which is the sole responsibility of
Nursing focuses on the caring, educating and research aspects of the healthcare system. Caring will always remain fundamental to nursing. Those who choose nursing as a career are young people who are caring, dedicated and have a calling to serve the sick and improve their health.
Through modern education, today Nursing is different from yesterday. Nursing training focuses on developing the unique quality of nurses who are caring, well-disciplined, motivated and equipped with critical thinking skills. Nursing teaches how to use minds, hands and hearts in caring for those in need.
Career in Nursing today offers a breadth of opportunity in education, clinical practice, research and management. A nurse may aspire to be a clinical specialist, a director of nursing or a university professor in university. An experienced nurse may also run her own nursery and there are opportunities to pursue a career abroad.
A 3 years Diploma in Nursing cost about
RM60,000 for a student in Malaysia:
There is a large demand for qualified nurses, both locally and internationally; and the remuneration is quite attractive
At least 130,000 nurses need to be trained by year 2020 in order to meet the nurse-to-resident ratio of 1:200 as required by the World Health Organization (Malaysia’s current ratio is 1:645. In comparison, Singapore’s ratio is 1:203, and Japan’s is 1:134.) Malaysian hospitals hire foreign nurses, especially from India and Philippines, to meet the demand.
As of June 2004, there were only 39,232 trained nurses in Malaysia, and the Government and private nursing colleges had the capacity to train only 3,000 nurses a year, less than half the required number. 400 nurses annually are loss to foreign hospitals.
Recognizing the acute shortage, the Government has since classified nursing as a critical field and allowed the formation of many new nursing colleges.
PTPTN Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Negara (National Higher Education Loan Fund), provides almost a 100% loan to students pursing nursing studies.
In order for a nurse to be registered
with the Nursing Board (“NB”), a trainee nurse must—
Students who attend nursing colleges attached to a hospital are normally sponsored by the hospital itself and are bonded to the hospital between 5 and 7 years.
Alternatively, students also may borrow the entire sum from PTPTN at 3% interest rate. The student who takes a loan of RM50,000 may have to pay upon graduation about RM350 a month for 15 years. In comparison, the monthly salary of an entry level registered nurse is about RM1,300 (with night shifts, it is RM2,000).
Apart from nursing, there are other allied health programmes—like Pharmacy, Medical Lab Technology, Physiotherapy, Environmental Health and Radiography—that also promise good job prospects upon successful completion of studies.
Malaysian Health Ministry at the present accept FOREIGN NURSES from the following 7 countries.
Qualified nurses from these 7 countries are allowed to work in
1 - Nursing Colleges attached to PRIVATE hospitals
3 - Private Nursing College
4 - Universities with Nursing Training
Malaysia, with a population of 30 million, is rapidly developing with a new industrial economy and new healthcare demands.
The World Health Organization set a target that required one registered nurse for every 200 residents (1:200) by 2020.
The current ratio is 1:645, leaving a shortfall of 170,000 nurses and a clear skills shortage.
Professional Courses in United Kingdom :
UK is at the forefront of medical care and research for centuries. British ingenuity and commitment to this field has not wavered since. British trained Medical professionals have pioneered new techniques and methods.
Doctors, nurses and medical scientists from the UK are held in high regard the world over for their level of training and depth of knowledge. The UK education system, which is available to Malaysian students through TNE, prepares the next generation for work in the medical profession through a network of first-class training facilities and university hospitals - allowing students to work directly alongside seasoned professionals. Students acquire in-depth theory and practical training, along with a whole host of soft skills which will come as part and parcel of their course.
It is an enviable fact, therefore, that numerous British-trained healthcare professionals are poached by other nations, due to their expertise and dedication to the job. Nevertheless, the majority of Malaysians do stay to work in hospitals here in their homeland, providing expert care for those that need it.
The main professions people relate to healthcare are medicine and dentistry. However, there are a whole host of other roles required to provide holistic medical care, requiring specialist study:
• nursing • physiotherapy • psychology • pharmacy • occupational health • optometry.
These courses are all available through TNE programmes in Malaysia and it is understood that there will be a wider range available in the not-too-distant future.
Further reading :
|Shortage in Health Personnel||2006||Number required by 2020||Shortage|
|1 - Nurses||40,040||174,000||133,960|
|2 - Physiotherapists||593||19,330||18,737|
|3 - Dental Assistants||2,023||13,920||11,897|
|4 - Dental Technologists||1,165||4,350||3'185|
|5 - Radiographers||156||696||540|
|6 - Pharmacy Assistants||2,692||6,960||4,268|
|7 - Medical Lab Technologists||3,662||5,117||1,455|
|8 - Health Inspectors (Environmental Health)||2,641||4,350||1,709|
|Source: Malaysia Ministry of Health|
Source of foreign nurse (2007 Statistic)
|Foreign Nurses came from :||
Employment for Registered Nurse (2007 Statistic)
-Registered Nurse only. Not including other category of nurses -
|Nursing Home, Rehabilitation Center etc||10%||2%||1%||?||?||2.9%|
|Home & Community Care||20%||1%||4%||12%||?||4.6%|
of Registered Nurse (2007 Statistic)
-Registered Nurse only. Not including other category of nurses -
RN = Registered Nurse
Nurses in workforce
(All category of nurses)
|Full-time employed RN >34 hours per week||95%||79%||99%||97%||
<35 hours per week
Overtime per month
|30 hrs||12 hrs||15||48 hrs||?||14|
Average age of
life in nursing
Category of Nurses in Malaysia
|Category||Registered Nurse||Community Nurse||Assistant Nurse||Midwife|
|Minimum Qualification||Form 5||Form 3||Form 3||Form 3|
|Years of Nursing Education||3 years||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|Number in Workforce (2007)||44,341||12,121||5,662||972|
|Number of Graduate in 2006||3,948||2,600|
|MOH Nursing Colleges||List of Government Nursing Colleges|
|Sarawak Health Department||
Webpage on Nursing as a career. Has a list of all the Government
Schools of Nursing
Sarawak Health Department
Sarawak Health Department train nurses to promote, maintain and restore the optimum state health for each individual. Nurse in the health care team is to provide holistic health care in a variety of settings which include health education, prevention of illness, promotion of health, care of the acute and chronically ill, rehabilitation and even to a peaceful death.
NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
Nursing Schools and Colleges
19 public nursing schools and colleges
35 private nursing colleges
Total 75,000 registered nurses in the public and private sector.
|Public Nursing Schools and Colleges||Private Nursing Colleges|
INDEX : Nursing Colleges March 28, 2016 12:34:17 AM