Nursing personnel are all categories of persons providing nursing care and nursing services. The requirements for the practice of nursing should be specified by national legislation, and the practice of nursing should be limited to persons who meet these requirements.
All nursing personnel should enjoy conditions at least equivalent to those of other workers in the fields of working hours (including overtime), weekly rest, paid annual leave, educational leave, maternity leave, sick leave and social security. Nursing personnel should undergo medical examinations on taking up and terminating an appointment and at regular intervals during their services.
Nursing personnel should not be exposed to special risks. Where this is unavoidable, measures should be taken to reduce and minimize exposure to these risks. Special measures of protection are necessary, in particular concerning personnel regularly exposed to ionizing radiations or to anaesthetic substances, and personnel in contact with infectious diseases or mental illnesses. Pregnant women or parents of young children whose normal assignment could be prejudicial to their health or that of their child should be transferred, without loss of entitlements, to work appropriate to the circumstances.
Studies should be undertaken - and kept up to date - to determine special occupational risks to which nursing personnel may be exposed so that these risks may be prevented. Appropriate measures should be taken for supervising the application of provisions concerning the protection of the health and safety of nursing personnel. The collaboration of nursing personnel and their organizations should be sought in ensuring the effective application of such provisions.
Nursing is a profession which remains female dominated. Men should be given equal opportunities in the profession and encouraged to make nursing a career.
→ see also Breastfeeding workers, Maternity protection, Paid educational leave, Working hours and Social security/social protection
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