The President of the Samoa Nurses Association has defended the nursing profession after strong criticism from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Newsline Samoa reported, Soliali'i Papali'i Bismarck, was reacting to Tuilaepa saying nurses should "stick to their jobs of caring for the sick and not to do the work of doctors".
He saod if they want to be doctors they should go back to school and qualify as doctors.
Soliali'i said nursing is a profession which has its guidelines, work ethics, protocols and regulations.
She said people are misrepresenting the work of the nurses.
Soliali'i said these are the people who do not want to understand what is expected of them when they go to hospital.