Manual on law for nurses advocated

By Elsie
Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Aug.  24, GNA – Mr Felix Nyante, the Registrar of
the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, has called on the Council to
provide nurses with a manual that relates to nursing and midwives basic issues
on law in nursing practices.

He said the manual,
which would be funded by the council would help nurses and midwives to have in
depth knowledge in law and ethics concerning their profession before they
graduate.

“Not wanting
for nurses and midwives to come out before teaching them law and ethics in
nursing, it will be prudent for a manual documented in basic issues on law in
nursing practices to be available.

“And we will
be so much delighted if the book can come out by January 2017,” Mr Nyante
stated in Accra at the closing ceremony of a six weeks tailor-made-training on
legal issues.

The programme,
which was organised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana and the
University of Ghana Faculty of Law, Legon is part of a training that takes
place once every two years on the council’s calendar.

It aimed at
reducing various legal and ethical issues in the nursing profession.

The training which
was designed for a cross-section of nursing managers, directors, principals
midwives, nurse clinicials, tutors among others in the country brought together
186 professionals to discuss rights and responsibilities, constitution, issues
of labour law, legal issues of employers and employees, consent forms as well
as law of interstate for patients.

Mr Nyante urged
participants to empower their colleagues with knowledge gained and perform
their works well by being ambassadors on the field.

Mr Lawoetey Tetty,
the Director of Human Resource for Health, Ministry of Health, advised the
Council to go beyond engaging senior nurses and give room to younger ones as
well.

“I believe if
we catch the students young in the profession, it will go a long way to help
us,” he said.

Mr Tetty implored participants
to share their knowledge acquired over the six-weeks with their peers for all
to understand the legal ethics of the profession.

Mrs May Osae-Adade,
the Board Chairperson of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, said the
course was practical and an eye opener, which could help health workers to
distinguish between thoughts and legal terms.

She advised
participants to form regional teams to replicate what they had been thought and
leant.

“Those in the
classroom should also teach their students with the knowledge acquired,”
she said.

Some of the
facilitors lauded organisations for the programme for not being a one-way
learning approach but a service to the Council, participants and the various
districts as it made them enlightened with their responsibilities, particularly
the legal issues of their clients and community at large.

Some participants
who spoke to the Ghana News Agency said the six phase training was educative
and interactive that the knowledge acquired would help parents and individuals
personal lives to be improved.

GNA

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