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- Kunle Emmanuel
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To the end, he advised Nigerians to properly verify the authenticity of the health care service providers in private hospitals across the country before patronising them.
He said that most of them who parade themselves as nurses in most private hospitals have never received any formal nursing education; therefore, they are not qualified to practice as nurses.
Comrade Ayua enjoined members of the public to investigate nurses in private hospitals by asking them of the practicing license, get their names and numbers to cross check if they are actually genuine, with the Nursing Council before any transaction.
“I want to say here that members of the public should be cautious of whom they see in private hospitals in white as they may not be qualified to practise.”
He called on private hospital owners to play safe by considering the safety of lives under their care and putting it above profit.
The scribed who urged them to be sincere with the calibre of human resources they employ, maintained that the services they rendered would surely have either positive or negative effect on their hospitals in the long run.
This study was carried out to assess the nursing staff strength in private hospitals and clinics in Zaria, Northern Nigeria, with a view of determining the degree of quackery in nursing. A cross-sectional approach was used to study twenty randomly selected private hospitals.
Two set of questionnaires were used to collect data from hospital directors and nursing staff. Many of the hospital will not participate in the study, and some ... See Morestaff of the consenting hospitals also declined participation. Findings revealed that only 46.3% nurses work in private hospitals in Zaria; majority (53.7%) of those working in private hospitals as nurses were quacks, commonly called auxiliaries. These quacks are trained in different parts of Nigeria by medical doctors and registered nurses, who are not necessarily their employers. They hack their ‘expertise’; many of them are employed in private hospitals in Zaria to work as nurses after being ‘trained’ elsewhere. They perform all most all procedure, including invasive and high-risk ones, on unsuspecting clients in these hospitals. Only a few private hospitals in Zaria insist on using only registered nurses (RNs), while some have no RNs at all in their employment.
While it is suggested that further studies be conducted to pool sufficient data together on the state of quackery in nursing across Nigeria and west African sub-region, relevant authorities need to apply professional and legal instruments of control, appropriately, on the trainers and employers of these quacks, and on the quacks themselves, to assure health care services consumers of deserved safety, and quality delivery.
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