Nurses’ recruitment and selection: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia

The purpose of this paper is to describe the current state of the recruitment and selection of nurses in Indonesia as a reflection on the pandemic. This article may be useful for evaluating the effectiveness of the human resource management system in Indonesia.  However, nurses are heroes to be appreciated.


Almost all hospitals are overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a lack of human resources, every hospital was relentlessly recruiting nurses, including nurse volunteers, to help serve the increasing number of patients who were positive for COVID-19 coming to the hospital. It can be said that the need for nurses is enormous during a pandemic(Aungsuroch et al., 2022).It cannot be denied that nurses are the health workers who play an essentialrole in improving health status and are the backbone of service facilities because there are more of them than other health workers. Nurses have a role as caregivers,which is the primaryrole where nurses will be actively involved for 24 hours in providing nursing care to patients(Gunawan, 2020). In addition, nurses also act as educators in charge of providing health education to patients undergoing isolation, families, and the general public. During the pandemic, all nurses caring for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients have sacrificed personal and family interests. Nurses face the threat of contracting a virus that could end in death. As part of the front line in dealing with COVID-19 cases, not a few have experienced physical and mental exhaustion—a tremendousappreciation for all nurses in Indonesia(Marzilli, 2021).In this very article, the author wants to describe the concept of recruitment and selection of nurses in Indonesia, including the process, stages, and exact conditions in the field during the pandemic, so that we can learn from them.

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Nazliansyah, N., & Gunawan, J. (2022). Nurses’ recruitment and selection: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Journal of Healthcare Administration, 1(1), 10–15.

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