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State of the World’s Nursing Report-2020: Country Profile- Nepal

Basic facts  

Nursing personnel (latest year): 87333 (registered)

  • Nursing professionals : 55009
  • Nursing associates: 32324
  • Share of professional nurses : 63%
  • Density per 10 000 population
  • Minimum duration of training: 3 years

Share of nurses within the health workforce

  • Nurses 76.8%
  • Doctors 18.5%
  • Midwives 0.0%
  • Dentists 2.4%
  • Pharmacists 2.3%

RECOMMENDED READING: State of the World’s Nursing Report – 2020

Age distribution

  • <35- 15% 
  • 35-54- 74% 
  • 55> 11%

Nursing stock and density 2013-2018

Nursing stock and density 2013-2018

Nursing stock and density 2013-2018

Country capacity on:


  • Master list of accredited education institutions [YES]
  • Accreditation mechanisms for education institutions [YES]
  • Standards for duration and content of education [YES]
  • Standards for interprofessional education [YES]
  • Standards for faculty qualifications [YES]


  • Nursing council/authority for regulation of nursing [YES]
  • Fitness for practice examination [YES]
  • Continuing professional development [Partial] 
  • Existence of advanced nursing roles [YES]


  • Regulation on working hours and conditions [YES]
  • Regulation on minimum wage [YES]
  • Regulation on social protection [YES]
  • Measures to prevent attacks on HWs [YES]


  • Chief Nursing Officer position [YES]
  • Nursing leadership development program [Partial] 
  • National association for pre-licensure students [YES]

Issues for consideration

  • Density above threshold, no estimation for shortage

Source of Information: WHO NHWA online portal Country profiles (key statistics on nursing workforce)

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