Nursing Roles in Sri Lanka

Generally speaking, a nurse is a health care professional primarily concerned with the overall care and quality of life of a patient. Nurses tend to work closely with doctors assisting in medical procedures and developing a care plan tailored to individual patients. Nursing staff are usually found within the medical profession but are not limited to working in hospitals and surgeries. Nursing opportunities are also available for emotional/psychological support in the field of mental health and rehabilitation. Nurses are also needed in residential homes, helping many chronically ill patients and the elderly who undertake their care from the comfort of their home, or even in school and universities, to ensure primary  or emergency health care for the students.


There are also opportunities to be found working with external health organisations, for example, most blood banks require nursing staff to draw blood from volunteers. There are therefore a number of opportunities in voluntary work in Sri Lanka for nurses. Due to the training nurses receive and the type of work they are required to perform, nurses are often expected to work across a broad range of specialities – particularly within hospitals and general practice surgeries. Whatever the medical profession, you’ll find nurses there in both support and administrative roles working with patient records and office management.


Working as a nurse in Sri Lanka offers plenty of opportunity to develop your career. You’ll find nursing jobs where advancement and training are offered in the organisation. If you work in a hospital you have the opportunity to eventually work your way up to head nurse. As nursing is a health care profession, there is mandatory ongoing training, which gives nurses the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills. An essential ingredient in a healthy career in the medical field is to never stop learning.

Depending on where you work as a nurse and what ward you work in, your responsibilities will vary significantly. However, the main responsibilities can be summarised as follows:

  • Write patient care plans
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Observing and recording the condition of the patients
  • Communicate with family members
  • Assist with tests
  • Set up drips and blood transfusions
  • Arrange patient discharge


While this isn’t a complete list of all the responsibilities a nurse has, it does offer a simplistic view of what being a nurse will entail, for people who are considering entering the field. Keep in mind that your daily tasks will change depending on the type of health care you work in, as each sector has different rules and regulations governing what is expected from nursing staff.

What qualifications and traits are needed?

In order to practice as a nurse you will need to adhere to all the statutory guidelines and regulations as specified by both federal and local levels of government. That being said you will most likely need to complete a University degree or diploma in Nursing. You will also need to undertake a specified number of hours of practical experience. During your practical experience you will work closely with senior nursing staff to further your education and competency. In order to be a successful nurse you’ll need to possess some, if not all of the following characteristics:

  • Excellent communication skills – you’ll need to be able to speak clearly and in a warm tone to both your patients and their families.
  • Emotional stability – sometimes nurses are put in stressful situations, as a result they need to keep their cool in times of severe stress.
  • Empathy – this trait can go a long way to helping your patients deal with their illness.
  • Flexibility – due to the nature of the job, nurses are often required to work unusual hours and are often called in to cover shifts.
  • Physical endurance – this is important as a nursing shift can last many hours with few breaks and some of the medical procedures can be very demanding.


It should be obvious by now that in order to be a successful nurse you must be caring, stable and quick thinking individual. The demands of working as a nurse are not for everyone, and the responsibility this job requires should not be taken lightly. That being said, the work can be a very rewarding and stimulating, everyday is a new challenge and each patient brings a new story.

If you’re looking to start your career in nursing, make sure you check Everjobs for the latest vacancies. Or perhaps you’re looking to make a change, if this is the case, don’t delay see what else is out there and take that next step.