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Dr Olanike Olaogun, a lecturer at the Department of Nursing, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, gave the charge at the annual general meeting and scientific conference of the body of heads of nursing departments and principals of nursing training schools in federal health institutions, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The don said advancement in medical knowledge and increasing access to information and communications technology (ICT) should all be translated into better nursing care for patients in the nation’s hospitals.
Dr Olaogun, who urged nurses to utilise to the patient’s environment and have the right attitude, said provide quality nursing care, evidence-based nursing practice would help to ensure that knowledge from research was translated to improve nursing care.
“The phenomenal concern to nursing is about our clients and to issues that affect them, for the purpose of altering the environment and bringing positive care,” the don said.
Dr Olaogun declared that an improved partnership between department of nursing and hospitals nationwide was important for proper integration of best research, to raise the bar of nursing education, research and care.
“There is a reciprocal relationship between nursing education, research and practice. To ensure the use of research in nursing practice, there must be collaborative commitment of educators/researchers, clinicians and administrators, especially in a developing nations like ours. The outcome of these relationships will result in the provision of quality care to clients,” she said.
Professor Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital and the chairman on the occasion, while declaring that research was a key part of any profession’s existence, urged nurses to give attention both to nursing process and nursing practice, rather than concentrate on one.
He charged the nurses not to restrict their jobs to bedsides of patients alone, but to tap into the N28 million set aside for research grants by the hospital, in furtherance of better care services for Nigerians.
Mrs Aderonke Adetunji, chairman of the Forum of Heads of Nurse Leaders, stressed the departure of nursing education from the apprenticeship type of training into liberal education to ensure creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
She said unifying educational and clinical sectors of nursing practice could come when nurses became research-minded; stressing that research was an investment into the future, to help in improving techniques of care.
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