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There is visible shortage of skilled nursing talent propelled by healthcare expansion: Expert

India faces a rising demand for skilled nurses due to expanding healthcare services, with only 1.7 nurses per 1,000 individuals while the requirement is 3 per 1,000 patients. Indian nurses are increasingly sought after internationally, projected to double in demand within 6-7 years. Globally, nurse employment has grown 14-15% yearly, driven by healthcare sector expansion and nurse retirements.

India's healthcare infrastructure is expanding, necessitating a 17-18% increase in skilled nurses by 2027. Government initiatives aim to strengthen healthcare, including training nurses for underserved areas. Nurses in India earn Rs. 2,50,000 to Rs. 7,00,000 annually, with male representation rising.

However, India struggles with a nurse shortage due to migration abroad, notably from Kerala to the Middle East and North Africa. Foreign initiatives facilitate Indian nurse entry, leading to gig employment preference. To retain talent, India must focus on education, supportive work environments, and policies promoting career advancement and retention, essential for sustaining a skilled nursing workforce.