Shortage of pediatric nurses in Sweden
Swedish Radio News reports that nurses who specialize in the care of children are in short supply in Sweden.
The pediatric nurses at Stockholm’s Astrid Lindgren children’s hospital have drawn attention to the problem, saying it is endangering the care of severely ill young people.
Swedish Radio News says positions for pediatric nurses at this country’s university hospitals are only 60 percent filled. That’s well less than their target of at least 80 percent.
In most cases, the hospitals fill the empty positions with regular nurses, as well as medical students, assistants, and others without specialist training in treating babies and adolescents.