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WOW Flight Attendants Turn Back to Nursing

By Yelena

Flight attendants WOW air Icelandair
Photo: Golli.

Vísir reports that many trained nurses who were laid off this week by WOW air have already inquired about work at hospitals. Anna Sigrún Baldursdóttir, assistant to the National University Hospital’s director, confirmed the fact with Vísir reporters. She says the hospital would be overjoyed to welcome back any nurses who are looking for a job. “There is no need for any nurse to be unemployed,” Anna Sigrún asserted.

Iceland Review magazine reported last fall on nurses taking off from hospitals in search of greener pastures with airline companies WOW and Icelandair. The bankruptcy of WOW has caused some of them to turn back to the profession they trained for – and hospital administrators couldn’t be happier.

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Iceland has a shortage of about 570 nurses, according to a 2017 report by the Icelandic National Audit Office. In 2016, 9% of registered nurses were living abroad and 10% were believed to be working outside the field. As far back as 2014, up to a fifth of nursing students planned on becoming flight attendants after graduation. The profession has long reported high burnout rates and dissatisfaction with working conditions and wages.

Anna Sigrún says the National University Hospital has gotten in touch with WOW’s human resources team as well as the Directorate of Labour to remind them any trained nurses laid off by WOW can make a soft landing in healthcare.

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