Newly inducted nurses in the three regions of north urged to be proactive
| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 5:04am
The Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, has appealed to nurses to aside providing quality health care services to patients to also advise relatives on the kind of foods patients must be served.
He said nurses must also be seen playing advisory roles on better management and care of patients when they were discharged from the hospitals.
Mr. Bukari was speaking at the induction four thousand nurse assistants, nurses and midwives from the three regions of the northern by the Nursing and Midwifery council of Ghana in Bolgatanga.
The Nurses comprised of Midwives, Mental Health Nurses, Community Health Nurses and General Nurses.
They were trained at both public and private accredited health training institutions in the three regions of the north.
The Regional Minister said other roles expected of nurses included the need to raise public awareness on key health issues on control, prevention and management of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, patient safety and health literacy.
He said the government of Ghana led by President Akufo-Addo is leading a transformational agenda to create shared prosperity for all.
He said the government recognize that the quality and adequacy of relevant human resources especially in the health sector is the key to turning the country around.
He said it is against this background that government is collaborating with relevant stakeholders to improve upon motivation for all cadres of health staff.
He said the implementation of the revised CHPS Compounds strategy will also make available adequate accommodation and other facilities to enhance the work of staff at that level of health delivery.
The Head of Department of Midwifery of the University of Development Studies, Tamale, Dr. Vida Yakong, observed that the way they practice nursing/midwifery these days seem to be in conflict with their core values and beliefs because of some attitudinal issues demonstrated by a few nurses despite the fact that they have the required level of knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice.
Dr. Yakong said knowledge, skills, attitudes are the three concepts which according to him cannot be separated from each other if one really wants to practice nursing or midwifery.
She said the character of a nurse is as important as the knowledge he or she possesses. Dr. Yakong was speaking on the Topic; “Being different, serving the interest of the profession and the Public interest”.
She said the work of nurses and midwives was to connect patients in the communities to have an in-depth understanding of their needs and provide them with the most appropriate and cost effective interventions, which would meet the health needs of their communities.
She reminded nurses that the profession was challenging and urged them to abide by the code of ethics and pay their first loyalty to their clients, who were now more conscious of their rights.
She told the nurses that they were coming into the profession at a time the image of nursing and midwifery in the eyes of the public was not the best and advised them to help correct the impression by adhering strictly to the code of conduct of the two professions.