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The business of nurturing from birth to grave ought to be given priority attention and dignity it deserves to practitioners especially as it’s difficult to manage people who are well let alone people caring for the sick and interacting with all form of diseases and infection while caring for the sick.
The biggest question i do ask: Who cares for the nurses that cares for all?
Nurses gave up their night rest with their husbands and wives doing a security work of caring, nurturing people from dependent status to independent status only to be called ordinary nurses by the society. They are burden bearers to their respective families.
The question is who is against the nurses?
My careful observation suggest only nurses are against the nurses. For example:
1. Who denigrate student nurses in front of patients?
2. Who refuse nurses promotion to directorate level?
3. Who schedule duties like errand nurse?
4. Who petition nurses every day for little benefit?
5. Who stop nurses from diversifying their economic base after work to be comfortable as their pears in the medical profession?
6. Who refuse to participate in strike action against government that treat nurses with levity?
7. Who accepts salaries of N20, 000.00 in private hospitals?
8. Who trained auxiliary nurses without auxiliary doctor?
9. Who said only BNSC is the requirement for management position irrespective of higher degrees one possess even in management, psychology, public health, health education, medical sociology, law ,nutrition, microbiology which are all health related disciplines?
10. Who said RN, RM recognized all over the world as the prerequisite for nursing practice and a certificate without malpractice is not a qualification?
11. Who sees a community health extension officer promoted as directors and still feels nurses can't be director under his/her watch?
12. Who post nurses to distant places from their home simply to punish them to have family problem.
13.who traces nurses who have multiple job opportunities but still can offer 128 hrs a month and 8hrs daily to government with a view to ensure they are queried and sacked?
14. Who told the public nurses are not supposed to be comfortable like a professional and should never own a car and good house?
15. Who refuses to sign study leave with pay?
16. Who rejects nurse’s sick leave?
17. Who fail students with scores of 49.9?
18. Who said a man cannot be a director no matter how qualified because its women profession?
19. Who refuses to give accommodation to junior nurses in the hospitals?
20. Who schedule night duty for a nurse on honey moon?
21. Who are the only implementer of civil service rule even in recession?
The answers to these question is nurses have been inhuman to nurses not any other professional in the health sector.
Unfortunately the consequences of punishing a colleague manifest in retirement. Most of our colleagues retire without a home, without a car, poor retirement benefit, untimely retirement, some denied managerial promotions, some regretting being a nurse. Some retiree nurses now sells akara in the market to survive and others rejected by their families.
No nurse is a permanent secretary they say no problem!
No nurse is represented on the hospitals management boards they say no problem!
No nurse is a commissioner nor minister they say no problem!
No nurse is on the board of primary health care they say no problem!
No nurse on disaster committee they say no problem!
No student union government in schools of nursing they say it doesn't matter
No payment to junior nurses for several months they say it doesn't matter!
NANNM calls for meetings they don't attend with all excuses!
Hospitals are empty almost all senior nurses are retiring it doesn't matter!
Student’s hostels collapsing it doesn't matter!
No offices for cno's it doesn't matter!
No official car for nurses it doesn't matter!
No emergency or call duty phones no problem!
No medical equipment no problem!
No nurse consultant no problem!
As much as it’s no problem and it doesn't matter we may be a victim someday. Let’s correct our mistakes now before we become a victim.
I am sincerely sorry if i am denigrating our profession in the public but crying for nurses attention to nurses plight while calling on the attention of nurses in position of authority to please help their colleagues grow in capacity, character, competence and economically .their colleagues could be a source of succor to them at retirement as well promote the public status of the profession.
Paper qualification is good but skilled nurses is better because only a skilled nurse can save a life not paper not certificate. It’s not a sin to be a nurse rather it’s a blessing.
1. I encourage all nurses to further their education for reason of adding knowledge, prestige and evidence base practice to the profession not for discrimination. a true scholar tries to raise the weak and build a viable profession for all not for only the strong.
2. Remove all self-inflicted barriers in nursing.
3. Keep promoting your colleagues provided the decision is within your table.
4. Support nannm with information and advises that can move the profession forward
5. Nannm should rise to the occasion of defending nurses in the labour market.
6. Organise duties to give younger ones the opportunity to go back to school be it for bsc, msc, phd, post basic courses.
7. Love one another.
8. Defend your colleague at work.
9. Correct your colleague with love.
10 Get involve in the health sector politics.
11. Develop your skill of caring through evidenced base practice to give the best to your patients and clients.
12. Reach out to our retirees and form a retired nurses forum to serve as our experience bank.
13. Approve study leaves for your colleagues.
14 Initiate a 1-2years rn to bnsc programme that is hospital based like residency programme for mass movement of nurses to degree level
15. Initiate a nurses national dialogue on what nurses want for their profession.
16. Initiate immediately nurse practice bill to the national assembly.
17. Propose bill to state assemblies for schools of nursing and colleges of nursing.
18. Collaborate with NUC to make colleges of nursing specialized degree awarding institutions only in nursing and midwifery courses, and making various other specialties appealing program of qualifications for growth and development in skills in nursing profession.
19. Initiates an alumni association in all schools of nursing and midwifery.
20. Institute student union government in all schools of nursing, midwifery and colleges of nursing.
Please assist and support a nurse to be economically independent because they are leaders by virtue of nursing training, their responsibilities to families are enormous. Help your colleague in whatever capacity you can.
Note: whatever you deny a fellow nurse will never be given or added to you. if we pray for favour we should also be a source of favour to others. Then you force your leadership on a people you end up achieving nothing but when you earn your leadership from the people your achievements becomes uncounatble. Nurses arise to save your profession now!
No matter your qualification once a nurse is a nurse hence be respected
And accorded the dignity of a professional.
God bless nursing profession in Nigeria.
Written by Joy Emuze
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