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More nurses falling ill from overwork

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Due to the need to work multiple shifts with a heavy workload, high stress, irregular daily routines and short-staffing issues, there has been an increase in reports of nurses falling ill or even passing out from chronic overwork.

In addition, with the aging population of Taiwan, the number of people with cerebrovascular diseases has been increasing every year. Patients who have suffered from strokes require extensive and consistent care from nurses.

Despite this, Taiwan's nurses stay at their post and continue to care for patients with patience and professionalism.

In light of this issue and in order to encourage the hardworking nurses of Taiwan, Kao Ming-chien, chairman of the Cerebrovascular Diseases Prevention and Treatment Foundation and a nationally renowned neurologist, has requested that the foundation launch a reward program for nurses. This program will culminate in the Outstanding Nurse Award Ceremony in which eight have been selected to receive the “Extra-Outstanding” award, 10 for the “Outstanding” award and 72 for the “Superior/Excellent” award.

The award ceremony will be held on Dec. 24 at the Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei. Kao has invited Vice President Wu Den-yi, Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta and Lu Mei-Hsiu, director of the R.O.C. National Union of Nurses' Association, to attend.

1 Comment
December 22, 2013    kingsolomon@
Giving awards can never prevent people (nurses caretakers, office workers, factory workers, pilots, drivers, etc.), from falling ill. Giving awards for this problem is not the solution. There are many jobless persons now, so hire them and don't overwork the people who are on the job. An overwork person is under productive and becomes careless which can result in dangerous situations to the worker and his work. Why does Taiwan love to punish these hardworking, stressed out, over fatigued workers? Let us ask the relevant authorities if they could work standing up, running around, and using their brains all at the same time for more than 8 hours everyday and not get sick.
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