A woman working illegally as “exclusive nurse” for a patient jumped from the first floor of the hospital in Nikaia, Piraeus, to avoid security control and possible arrest.
The 50-year-old woman from Armenia suffered multiple injuries and died short time after her fall on Saturday morning.
The woman reportedly opened the balcony door and jumped when she heard that security guards of the hospital were conducting controls.
“She was scared and tried to hide but she did not know where. She opened the door and jumped,” eyewitnesses told media.
The woman was working as “exclusive nurse” for a patient.
Apparently she had no residence permit and other legal documents to justify her work at the hospital.
Illegal exclusive nurses are often hired by patients and their relatives in the Greek public hospitals due to personnel shortage but also due to the high prices one has to pay to registered exclusive nurses of the hospital.
An illegal exclusive nurse gets paid 50 euro per 10-hour shift whether day or night. She hands out 10-euro to the office that transmits her.
A professional, registered exclusive nurse and member of the union gets paid 57 euro for a 6-hour night shift and 87 euro the same shift Saturday and Sunday.
For long term hospital stays with the need for a 24-hour exclusive care, guess to whom Greeks would turn to.
Upon pressure of the professional, exclusive nurses union, hospital administrations often increase security controls in order to get rid of the “illegal” nurses.
My to our knowledge, “illegal nurses” get some basic training courses offered to them by the job offices they work with. They are supposedly also registered to social security through the office they work for. They are also supposed to have residence permits.
The issue of “illegal” nurses vs professional nurses is chronic in the Greek public hospitals. But it cannot be solved through terrorizing the “illegal nurses.”
As somebody who had to hire both, I can say that the “illegal nurses” certainly lack medical and other knowledge but they are well trained to provide basic services to patients, mostly on terms of feeding, personal care etc which are essential for long-term hospital staying.
On the other hand, I would trust more a professional exclusive nurse of medical issues – but who can pay at least 200 euros per week day and double on weekends for 24-hour nurse care?