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What Do Indonesian Nurses Want? Retaining Nurses in Rural and Remote Areas of Indonesia

Efendi, F., Purwaningsih, M., Kurniati, A., & Bushy, A. (2014). What Do Indonesian Nurses Want? Retaining Nurses in Rural and Remote Areas of Indonesia. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 14(2), 32-42.



Lack of nurses in rural and remote communities of Indonesia has been a major concern of national and provincial governments. Given that imperative the Ministry of Health implemented (MoH) the Special Assignment initiative which assigned nurses in underserved communities This study examine factors that influenced participants in the program to remain (retention) in their assigned rural setting.


Survey techniques were used to collect data from a convenience sample of 140 nurses enrolled in the initiative. Variables included age, gender, marital status, financial incentives and non-financial incentives. Descriptive and correlation statistics were used to analyze the data.


Findings indicated that both financial incentives and nonfinancial incentives along with age correlated positively with nurses’ intention to stay in the current rural setting. Non-financial incentives were as important for these nurses especially achieving employment security as a civil servant (government employee). Younger nurses seem to be more willing to work in rural and remote areas, which may be attributable to an individual seeking practice experience along with increased financial remuneration for doing so.

Conclusion: The findings of this study provide baseline descriptive information on the retention of nurses in Indonesia’s remote and rural underserved regions. Providing an attractive incentive scheme by considering certain demographic characteristic can increase their intention to serve in rural and remote area.

Key words: nurse retention, rural and remote area

Source: http://rnojournal.binghamton.edu/index.php/RNO/issue/view/33 

Kualitas Nursing di Indonesia: Penggerogotan Sistematis Profesi

Pada tanggal 2 Juli 2008, Corporate Nurse Qatar Petroleum (QP) mengedarkan informasi lewat email ke seluruh Chief Nurses QP, yang bunyinya: “I am thinking of requesting a recruitment drive from HR. Please could you let me know which nationality of nurses you require!” Pada hari yang sama, Chief Nurse dari Messaieed, menjawab: Hi Debbie – no immediate req from MMC – however (once unfreeze of new positions) Ambulance Nurses – Filipino or Indonesia; and Nurses – Indian, Filipino, or Indonesian.

Kata ‘Indonesian’ di atas, mengacu kepada nurses yang berasal dari Indonesia. Indonesian nurses diakui atau tidak, sudah memberikan image positif di QP, salah satu perusahaan penghasil minyak dan gas bumi terbesar di dunia. Indonesian nurses, mewakili negara Indonesia, telah sanggup mengukir nama harum bangsa, sehingga diminati, dicari dan dibutuhkan partisipasi aktifnya untuk turut membangun negara lain, dalam hal ini Qatar.

Apakah dengan adanya permintaan dan rekomendasi sebagaimana tersebut di atas, lantas otomatis akan berarti bahwa Indonesian nurses ini secara kualitas di ‘atas’ nurses dari negara-negara lain? Jawabannya: Tunggu dulu!

Hanya karena adanya permintaan tersebut, kita tidak bisa secara gegabah mengambil kesimpulan bahwa nurses kita lebih baik dari Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Yordania, Romania, USA serta UK yang tidak disebutkan sama sekali. Meski kita boleh berbangga diri, namun itu belum cukup untuk menjawab pertanyaan di atas. Sekedar informasi saja, pengirim email (Corporate Nurse) dan yang menjawab (Chief Nurse), kedua-duanya berasal dari dan berkebangsaan Inggris! Jadi, demand and recommendation itu muncul bukan karena KKN!

Saya pernah berdiskusi dengan salah seorang pengusaha Jeans di Dubai, dari Jakarta yang mengekspor produknya ke kawasan Timur Tengah dan Afrika. Ketika ditanya apakah kualitas barang-barang ekspor ini sama dengan yang dipasarkan di Indonesia? Jawabannya: tidak! Mulai dari bahan mentah, pengolahan hingga pengepakannya. Itu berarti bahwa, barang-barang yang diekspor ini, memiliki nilai dan kandungan mutu yang berbeda dengan yang beredar di dalam negeri. Continue reading Kualitas Nursing di Indonesia: Penggerogotan Sistematis Profesi

Unheard cry of Indonesian nurses

I am a nurse and was wondering why my neighbors were shouting and crying at 5:30 a.m. one morning. I went to their house and saw a 60-year-old woman with bleeding to her head. She had a head injury about 3 centimeters wide. When I suggested she go to hospital, she protested. She said she did not have money.
I brought antiseptic, a bandage and plaster from my house and attempted to treat her wound. I did not have the necessary instruments to treat her wound at that time. I gave her three butterfly stitches
and antiseptic. Three days later, she said she felt better and was in the recovery process.
Nurses are the healthcare providers who work in the shadow. They constitute the largest healthcare occupation with the majority working in hospital beside their patients for almost 24 hours. Nurses can be considered the true heroes of our society who take care of people in need and help them stand on their own two feet. Nurses have been making valuable contributions to mankind throughout history and are continuing their noble work.
But in Indonesia, nurses are neglected by the government. People still have a negative perspective that nurses are only “doctors’ aides”. Nurses are wrongly portrayed as subordinates who move objects and take orders.
The government has submitted the bill on the Indonesian Nursing Regulation a long time ago, but there has been no progress at the House of Representatives. The shortage of nurses highlights how important nurses are.
The consensus of the MRA (Mutual Recognition Agreement) among the Asian countries and AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Area) requires Indonesian nurses to develop and increase their capability and competency to some level with our neighbors such Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and so on.
The demand for nurses from Japan, the US, Europe and other countries cannot be fulfilled because we have no nursing regulation and national standard of nursing competency.
The reformation of the nursing profession is a step forward to being recognized and respected by the leader at the national level. The government should pay more attention to nurses who are in the frontline in securing the health of this nation.
There is an urgent need for nurses in Indonesia to take the initiative and engage with every community activity and all sectors to support and address the legalization of the Indonesian Nursing Regulation by Commission IX of the Indonesian House of Representatives as soon as possible.
Of course this cannot be achieved without the support and action from the people, public and the government. There are many reasons to commit to this action and support nurses. This act is not merely to protect the human rights of the patient and the legal aspect of practice of the Indonesian nurses, but to address global competition.
The Philippines is a good example on how valued the Philippines’ nurses who work in the US, the UK, Singapore and Kuwait are. Around 350,000 practicing nurses per year, the Philippines is producing professional nurses and their income can be supported by the family income, increasing their income per capita in the country.
This is because the Board of Nursing, the Philippines Regulation Commission, the Congressman, the Department of Health, and the Overseas Worker Department work hand in hand to ensure their nurses are valued and work in good conditions.
The writer is a lecturer on psychiatric nursing and mental health at Sint Carolus School of Health Sciences and Atmajaya University, Jakarta. She focuses on mental health in Indonesia