Owing to the fact that nursing is a nurturing profession that has care and caring predominantly used to describe the inherent work and value of nursing and with caring as essential component of its holistic practice, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI) branch, has pledged her commitment and readiness to show adequate care and support to patients of the hospital.
This promise was made on Monday at the second edition of the Nurses seminar tagged: “Standardised Nursing Languages, 2018 Edition.”
In his opening remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Adekunle Ajayi, thanked the leadership of the Nursing Services for organising the four days seminar and also applauded the Nurses for their willingness to learn and be trained.
He said, “I may not know the standardized languages of nursing, but I’m sure I know the unstandardised ones. Effective communication can only be achieved when there is appropriate feedback, and you can’t have it when your receiver doesn’t have correct understanding of what you’ve said.
“Hence, communication is part of life. There is no way you can be a professional without knowing the standardized language of your profession.”
Promising the Nurses of enabling environment to operate, Dr Ajayi said the management shall make life comfortable for them, added that, they may be practising in rural environment, but they are practising in global concept.
He noted that Medicine and Nursing were practised same way in Nigeria and United Kingdom; likewise same way in Abuja and Ekiti.
“Human model has never changed since creation. Meaning, the same patients Nurses see in London and in Abuja are the same patients Nurses will see here in Ekiti. Though you are practising in rural area, but we shall ensure we continually provide the needed facilities that can make you globally acceptable professionals.
“We are aware some of you are eager to get degrees, but we want as many of you that want to get degrees to get good degrees that will add value to you and improve quality of the system to make difference.
“On your interactions with junior and senior colleagues, and most especially the orderlies, most of whom are old enough to be your parents, I urge you to learn how to manage them to operate in a peaceful environment.
“You cannot work alone. Even if you have your own clinic, you need someone to work with in harmony. I urge you to be more appropriately selective in your choice of words, ” the CMD beseeched.
Appreciating the CMD for the support given to the Nurses by providing Nurses’ stations to replace tables in all wards among other things, the Head of Nursing Services (HNS), Mrs Omobowoje said, “We have been having programmes in this hospital but we have never had it so good like this. This programme was not sponsored by the Nurses as usual, but by the management who even enlarged the scope and logistics of the programme to include additional packages. We therefore want to say thank you sir for believing in our presence in the system. You are truly a leader par excellence.”
She lauded the trend of the visible turning around in the hospital and assured the management that Nurses in the system shall continue working in line with the vision and mission of the hospital.
Dr Ajayi, who later disclosed the resolution of the management on future promotion exercise, said the management has resolved that henceforth, presentation of medical certificate of fitness shall be a requisite for promotion. He added that the management do not want members of staff who work in the hospital and have not checked their Blood Pressure in two years.
He emphasized, “It is important that you should know your BP, Glucose level and Cholesterol level. We no longer want staff who hide their case files from our records. Let us take advantage of where we work and take advantage of what has been provided here.”