Panaji: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said nurses aspiring to join government hospitals in the state will have to go through a 'practical' exam.
"State-run Institute of Nursing Education will design a module to test the practical knowledge of students and it will be implemented for the selection process. Nurses applying for jobs in government hospitals will have to pass this exam," Rane told reporters here.
He said the move will make the recruitment process more transparent, and added that the test will be held during the next round of recruitment of nurses.
Rane was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here on International Nurses Day, today.
"There has been a lot of injustice done while selecting nurses. We will not allow it now," he said.
The minister claimed that an aspirant who had applied for government job as nurse, had come up with a complaint that she was asked to pay Rs 5 lakh to get the job.
Stating that there are several vacancies for nurses pending in the state, Rane said the government will fill 150 vacancies soon.
He also said the government is working out a process to absorb nurses, who are working on contractual basis in different government hospitals for the last 7-8 years.
Specialisation courses for nurses in neo-natal care and cardiology would be introduced in the coming months, Rane added.