What Are The Roles Of NANNM?

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Generally, NANNM was actually established to mediate between the Nurses, the public (people) and the Governments of the land. This foundational goal has not changed rather it has expanded to accommodate many goals.
But over time, many of us grew to look at NANNM as if they are not for “us” but for “themselves” who are the elected few. This synchronizes with the lyrics of Micheal Jackson, “They Don’t really Care About Us”.

The Unemployed NURSES have no reason to recognise who is NANNM?
The terminated Nurses from there workplace will ask, wetin NANNM do for me?
The yet to be promoted Nurse won’t be happy dining and winning with Nurses?
The disenfranchised Nurse will have thousands of reasons to grow resentment against the ROLES of NANNM.
While our sentiments may be genuine and justifiable, in actuality, “WHAT IS THE ROLE OF NANNM TO NIGERIA NURSES”

THE NAME AND CONSTITUTIONALITY The Registered name According to the provisions of Section 1 of NANNM Constitutions as amended in (2018)is: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES (NANNM).
As REGISTERED members of our Professional Association, we collectively expected it to execute its primary ROLES. While it is indisputable to submit that all Nigeria Nurses do not belong to NANNM even though it ought not to be, what gain is there in for those that are financial members of NANNM since inception as enshrined in Sections 4, 7 and Part C under the addendums?

The objectives and aims of establishing NANNM can be extracted from Section 3(3)a-n of NANNM Constitution as amended in (2018). These are vis-a-vis:

a) To organize all registered Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria who are qualified for membership to form a trade union and a professional organization.

b) To provide a forum or avenue where Nurses speak with one voice.

c) To set and improve the standard of services which the Nurses give to the general public.

d) To improve Nursing Education at all levels throughout the federation.

e) To participate in planning, policy-making, and administration of health care delivery services at all levels of government.

f) To provide a forum whereby understanding, fellowship and unity can be achieved and maintained at all times amongst all members of the Nursing profession.

g) To raise the status of the profession, obtain just and proper remuneration, hours of work and other conditions/schemes of service that will enhance the dignity of the profession and generally protect the professional and socio-economic interests of members.

h) To provide legal protection to members of the association when faced with legal issues in the course of their employment/practice

I) Nurses and Midwives to be properly mentored and directed to the ideals of the profession.

j) To operate the schemes that are beneficial to members as may be decided by the National Executive Council (NEC) from time to time.

k) To uphold the International code of Nursing Ethics and position statements as enunciated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) as they affect Nursing practice.

l) To affiliate with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and or fraternize with any other relevant International professional organizations with similar aims and objectives.

m) To establish and maintain good relationships with the members of the Public, other professions, trade unions, employers, Nurses and Midwives at all the Governments of Nigeria.

n) To establish and maintain good relationships with nursing colleagues in Africa, Commonwealth and other parts of the world.
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We shall be taking a few of the selected roles to explore how far and possibly what can be done to integrate the leadership to the Nurses collective needs and interest.


Nurses are healthcare sector backbone, they deserve best treatment – NANNM

We shall be looking at Section 3 subsection 3c,e,g and h.

In actuality, everything that ought to make the Nigeria Nurses feel at home has been extrapolated within the Constitutions. If the ideals of our byelaw were maximized, may be the desire to exit the country would have long been quelled! Alas, what are we seeing today?

Sections 3(3c)
c) To set and improve the standard of services which the Nurses give to the general public.

-Currently, NANNM is collaborating to ensure that the NMCN Act is reviewed as this serves as the Nucleus of our service to the Nigeria Community anf the world in general . A proposal is in the National Assembly for the amendment of NMCN Act. Are you aware of this? Did you contribute?
-Alliance with NMCN on the introduction of MCPDP is worthy of commendations, even the conferences held nationally and at State levels have significantly added to the practice bank of the Nigerian Nurses. What do you think?
-The rumple of quackery: the reigns of quacks marauding as “Auxiliary Nurses” has pitched NANNM against its members. They impersonate to misrepresent us. Lack of collaborative PROSECUTIONS between NANNM and NMCN has added to our woes in this regard.

Sections 3(3e)
e) To participate in planning, policy-making, and administration of health care delivery services at all levels of government.

-Are the Nurses feeling the outcome of this health planning, decision making and administration of healthcare….levels of Government?
-As per the ongoing Covid-19 Vaccination, to what extent did NANNM lead Nurses to participate since the outbreak in March 2020 till date? How loud were we when others shun out data and indisputable statistics?
-What are the Nurses Healthcare master plan for the next five years, ten and twenty years to come?

Sections 3 (3g)
g) To raise the status of the profession, obtain just and proper remuneration, hours of work and other conditions/schemes of service that will enhance the dignity of the profession and generally protect the professional and socio-economic interests of members.

– What is the public perception of the Nigeria Nurses today as compared to fifteen years back?
-Are the Nurses justly being paid both in the public and private sector? Is the pay equitable for the Nurses as compared to their contributions?
-To what extent are the extant labour and civil service laws adding flavour and favour to Naija Nursing?
-How many Nigeria Nurses are satisfied with the condition of services in our clinical settings: private, public?
-What does the mass exodus of Nigeria trained Nurses portend to the actualization of this NANNM objectives?
-How many USA, UK, Australia, French Nurses are seeking for work permits here because of the improved workplace packages and remunerations?
-Socioeconomically, are the Nurses not vulnerable in Nigeria?

Sections 3( 3h)
h) To provide legal protection to members of the association when faced with legal issues in the course of their employment/practice.

-To what extent has NANNM protected its members legally in the face of administrative overburden?
– What has NANNM said about the rotating assaults against the average Naija Nurses?
– What is the synergy between the union and the security apparatus/organizations to ensure that these objectives are maximized?
– There are countless Nurses in the Court of competent jurisdiction seeking for JUSTICE where their labour rights were trampled upon either by termination of appointment, suspension from service, demotion in rank arbitrarily. How many did NANNM stand with?
The above few expanded but expected roles are miniature of what the over 14listed goals stood for.
Ask the next Nurse near you if they are really proud of the Roles of NANNM to the Profession today?
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The success or failure of NANNM is directly proportional to the membership commitment and contributions. Unfortunately, Nigeria is currently ravaged by many professionals who are indifferent to the duties of NANNM, while others aren’t relenting to make it better.

Some of these factors include;

-Lack of documentations/database. Most Nurses complain but don’t REPORT officially!

-Frailed communication. While leaders are snubbing, followers are snoring. Now, we are in the snow of dissatisfaction.

-Some officials indifference and apathy: Many were selected and not elected. They don’t have our mandate, thus, “You cannot give what you don’t have” in the lines of Comr. Osasuyi.

-Government policies and censorship: Some chapters today turned themselves to pro-government and pro-management circuits for reasons best known to the collaborators.

-Lack of inclusive Governance: Nationwide, Nursing critics are silenced or setup to shotup! Until we allow the least among us to have their say, much cannot be achieve.

-Anachronistic electioneering. This is a topic for another day.

-Poor membership participation in Congresses and Delegates conferences. Even when they are called, many use their family as excuses, countless number of Nurses cannot attend meeting outside their off duties because “Nobody go pay me back”. Oftentimes, Congresses are not held to the best of the officials capability.

-Lack of transparency and prudent management. Annually, Nigeria Nurses contribute Billions of Naira to ensure NANNM function optimally. What is the gain? What is our reward? What are the ACHIEVEMENTS?

-Growing importation of quotatism, cynicism, genderism, tribalism, nepotism, consumerism, distortions etc.
With high expectations of what the Profession should look like in the 21st century Nursing especially from the followers, the burden of slow or dearth of achievement on the part of the leadership of NANNM has widened the gulf per day. I therefore posit that:

1) The leadership of our union must see more of the supremacy of the Nurses “FOLLOWERSHIP” than the choreographed agelong “Leaders and winners take it all”. Carry the Nurses along including the STUDENTS. Listen to their plights.

2) Effective communication: With the advent of technology, much can be done to respond to the Nurses needs nationwide at seamless cost to both the leadership and followership. I expect the current regime to roll out “Social Media Engagement” as a way of tackling Nurses problems. This was part of the strategies that was discussed at the tail end of last regime. Leadership is a continuum, and hope Comr Mike do something about quarterly “Face to Face with Nigeria Nurses?“. With Zoom, Team’s Meeting, Teleconference etc, the Nurses can feel belong again!

More so, there should be an established National and States ‘Media And Publicity Committee’ saddled with 24/7 correspondence with the Nurses. Serially, I have advocated for at least 3-5% of our Check-Off Dues to be invested on this COMMUNICATION affairs.

-3) Members must attend all gatherings: Meetings and Congresses aimed at helping the course of Nurses should not be ignored. Your staying away has led us into this aqua!

4) NANNM elections at all levels must be held with all sense of transparency, truthfulness, openness, inclusiveness etc. The hooding by some presumed elites has not earned us the choice of leadership we cravei for. We need pragmatic leadership and not catapulted ‘LOYALISTs‘ whose consumption is their sponsors.

5) The constitution should be allowed to be operationalized as it was crafted while seeking judiciary help to decode any untoward ambiguity. A lot of the administrators actions have been debased. Delegates are chosen by the selected few instead of the empowered Congress. Strikes are called off without the inputs of the followers. Deals are struck without the computation of the COD payers, and the list is endless. RULE OF LAW must be allowed for peace and tranquility in the years to come.
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Nurses at all level must ensure they support NANNM to actualize its set objectives for the Nurses. With United fronts, we can win and make it better.
Yes, it can only get better!

Thanks:

Ojunekwu N. Felix
Emergency Nurse,
Delta State.
gr8ofnetwork@gmail.com
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