The State of Kuwait has dedicated great concern for nursing, a vital sector that costs the country up six percent of its public budget. Hefty spending on nursing is part of the approach to update services at hospitals, ensure effective medical and preventive care, as well as secure good training for staff, doctors and burses, in line with Article 15 of the Constitution that, essentially, stipulates that the State is in charge of public health. According to latest official statistics, number of the nursing staff in the country exceeded 18,000, with Kuwaitis estimated at six percent of the figure.
Kuwait’s particular attention to this sector dates back to 1960, when then minister of health Abdulaziz Al-Sager, considering low and insufficient number of staff, proposed establishing a nursing faculty.
The project was executed by a main supporter for the profession; Barjas Al-Barjas who was serving at the time as the undersecretary of health. In 1962, Barjas invited the chairperson of the nursing institute in Alexandria, Suad Hussein, to establish an institute in Kuwait. During her visit to the country, she toured schools educating students about the profession’s vital significance.
The faculty was established and in 1988, it was placed under jurisdictions of the Public Authority for Applied Education (PAAET) — named the Nursing College. Its curricula and enrollment terms have been repeatedly modified. Number of graduates of the 2011-2012 teaching year reached 2,375, including 1,486 Kuwaitis. Aware of stress sustained by the staff, nurses were recently granted a two-day off per week.