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|Nursing Diploma Must Stop in the Shortest Possible Time - GRNMA President by Peculiar005: Sat Nov 2021 10:22am|
Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), has reiterated the need for focusing all energies on degree training of nurses and midwives in the country.
She said the certificate programmes must stop in the shortest possible time, whiles making effort to assist the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives to churn out more specialists by constructing a befitting edifice for the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) to enhance the training of Specialist, Members, and Associates.
Mrs Aofori-Ampofo said this during the eighteenth National Biennial Delegates Conference of nurses and midwives, which was held at the Volta Serene Hotel in Ho in the Volta region.
“In the just ended virtual International Council of Nurses (ICN) conference in which the GRNMA featured in one of the symposia, we brought to the fore, issues surrounding the transformation of nursing and midwifery leadership in Ghana through education. We all shared the same sentiments on the need to focus our energies as a country on degree training of nurses and midwives in the short to medium term and stop the certificate programmes in the shortest time,” she said.
She also called on the government to urgently consider the provision of full sponsorship for nurses and midwives who go for the Residency programme at the GCNM.
On work ethics, Mrs Ofori-Ampofo stated they have seen an increasing rise in the number of nurses and midwives plagued by drug addiction, which had exposed the unprofessional way in which such cases were wrongly handled instead of providing the required support systems.
“In many of those cases, such persons are vilified and rather punished by the system. We wish to assure all our employers that we are willing to collaborate in terms of developing clear policies and protocols on addressing drug addiction among nurses and midwives and other health workers, and wish to use this opportunity to call for the establishment of referral pathways and creation of support systems, especially rehabilitation units in every region or district to support such persons.
On challenges affecting members of the GRNMA, Mrs Ofori- Ampofo indicated they were awaiting the implementation of their book and research allowance, which is currently outstanding as part of their Collective Agreement signed in November last year.
The delay, she said, would cause agitations that could have been prevented.
Mrs Ofori-Ampofo, a Nurse Educator, is also the Chairperson of the West African Health Sector Unions Network (WAHSUN) of Public Services International (PSI) and the Chairperson of the Ghana PSI National Coordinating Council with over twenty years’ experience in the health sector of Ghana as a nurse.
Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta regional Minister who represented Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President, extended appreciation to the health workers for their care and compassion over the years.
It was on the theme “The future of Nursing and Midwifery in Ghana: Lessons from the Covid 19 Pandemic.
The National Delegates Conference is the highest body of the Association and it is held biennially to discuss issues that affect the Association.
The event, which started from Monday, November 15, is expected to end on Saturday, November 20.
It would also allow members of the GRNMA to interact with national leadership, issues of concern for redress.
Source: News Ghana
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