Regional News of Friday, 22 June 2012
The Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC) has expressed concern about poor client-centered care occurring in health care institutions of late.
This has resulted in many patients refraining from attending health facilities when they are sick because they cannot stand the ill treatment meted out to them.
Mr. Apem-Darko Oklodu Abbey, Assistant Registrar of the Council made this known when he inducted 103 students admitted into the Nurses Training College of the 37 Military Hospital on Thursday.
The matriculants were made of 48 Registered General Nursing, seven Registered Midwives and 48 Health Assistant Clinic.
The Assistant Registrar of NMC explained that the professional virtues of empathy, love, affection and innovation among nurses are diminishing and there was the need for nursing trainees to imbibe these treasured values to render professional services to their cherished patients, clients and family.
“Because our patients and clients come to us at a time when they are not in the best frame of mind, we need to obtain the needed clinical information from them to enable us give them the satisfied care they require and show them empathy,” he added.
Mr. Oklodu Abbey assured the public that the Council was working seriously towards the improvement of the attitude and quality of care of nurses and midwives towards their clients, patients and family.
He also expressed concern about the poor performance of candidates at licensing examinations, describing it as “not the best”.
Mr. Abbey urged students who have been referred to go back to the classroom, do mandatory revision and re-sit the examination.
“It has come to our notice that referred candidates seek employment with private clinics instead of re-sitting the examinations. This is illegal and management of such private clinics who engage the services of these unqualified nurses and midwive persons will be put before court for prosecution,” he warned.**