The Importance Of Employability In Nursing

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The employability of nursing care professionals was considered to be high in the previous years, however, in today new challenging world, everyone especially those fresh graduates are in neck-to-neck competition in hunting for a job. In Malaysia, according to Ministry of Higher Education about 24% of graduates were unemployed in 2012. Employability as defined by Minten and Forsyth (2014) is the capability to move self-sufficiently within the labor market to realize potential through sustainable employment. In the other hand, employability according to Yorke (2006) as a unit of achievements, skill, competences, understanding and personal characteristics that enable graduates to get employment so they are successful in their chosen occupation. Nursing is known as a profession that involve theory and skills in delivering health care to the patients. However, private colleges that are mushrooming nowadays had made public doubted on competency and skills from those graduates. Statistics show that 1200 nurses’ graduates were produced by private collage alone even though there are only 1000 to 1500 nursing jobs in private sector in each year (Arumugam etc, 2014). Statistics in 2012 also revealed that in medical fields, there were about 8000 nursing graduates have not secured jobs and according to Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam, this occurrence is because of the low quality of nurses, including poor language proficiency and nursing skills and training. This might happened

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