Examining the Nursing Workforce Shortage in Vietnam: Implications for Nursing Education


This study examines the nursing human resource crisis in Vietnam that emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A literature review encompassing policy documents, statistics, reports, guidelines, news, media, and academic publications was conducted. Even before the pandemic, Vietnam grappled with a nursing shortage, with a nurse-to-population ratio significantly below the global average. The shortage of nurses jeopardizes nurse-to-patient ratios, patient safety, and equitable access to high-quality healthcare services. The nursing human resource crisis in Vietnam is further exacerbated by the limited capacity of nursing education institutions. Without substantial investments in nursing education, projections indicate that Vietnam may face a crisis of lacking nursing professionals in the near future. The post-COVID-19 nursing crisis in Vietnam underscores the urgent need for reforms in nursing education. Policy interventions should prioritize strategic workforce planning and increased financial investments in nursing education and training programs.

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Hoang-Nam Tran, Tokushima University, Japan
Ngoc-Quang Phan, Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
Yukie Matsuura, Tokushima University, Japan
Bao-Ngoc Dang, Vin University, Vietnam

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Conference: IICE2024
Stream: Educational policy

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Tran H., Phan N., Matsuura Y., & Dang B. (2024) Examining the Nursing Workforce Shortage in Vietnam: Implications for Nursing Education ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2024.52
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2024.52

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