Underpaid Kenyan nurses lured away

Katie Nguyen, Reuters, February 28, 2006

Nairobi - In a dimly lit ward at Nairobi's Kenyatta Hospital, Florence explains why she has lost heart in what was once a revered profession.

Shutting the door on fretting relatives who wander the corridor with steaming pots of porridge for the sick, she says it was all so different when she qualified 20 years ago.

"We really felt appreciated then," says the matronly figure in a neatly starched white cap and navy blue dress. "Now, I always tell my daughters nursing is not the best. Pay is not good and the patients are many." ... Underpaid