Sunyani, April 19, GNA A two-day workshop on Ethico-Legal issues in Nursing and Midwifery Practice for Nurses and Midwifery Managers in Sunyani, in the Brong-Ahafo Region has ended.
The workshop, organized by the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) of Ghana on the theme, Ethico-legal issues in Nursing and Midwifery Care was the fourth in the series, on regional basis, after that of Greater Accra, Upper-East and Upper-West Regions.
It was attended by 236 participants drawn from the Sunyani Regional Hospital, all Municipal and District Hospitals, Sub-Districts and Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds and health training institutions in the Region.
The objectives, among others, were to update their knowledge and sharpen the skills of participants for effective and efficient service delivery at their individual work places.
It was intended to address the public outcry over the poor attitude of nurses and midwives towards their patients and clients and the ethical and legal implications of their attitudes.
Addressing the session, Mr Felix Nyante, Fellow, West African College of Nursing (FWACN) and acting Registrar of the NMC, stated that, the workshops were being held by the Council pursuant to its mandate of ensuring Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for nursing and midwifery practitioners in the country.
Mr Nyante therefore urged participants to practice with the greatest degree of professionalism and ethical standards, to impact positively on the lives of the people.
He said their types of belts, depicting their positions as nurses and midwives would be meaningless and insignificant, if they did not perform with commitment, dedication and devotion at any time, he emphasized.
Mr Nyante expressed regret about the dented and sinking image of the nursing and midwifery profession, explaining that, it had wrongly and seemingly become the general perception of the citizenry but the reality is due to the unprofessional and unethical behavior of some of them.
He appealed to nurses and midwives to restore their lost image through practice, based on quality care with love and empathy, stressing that, their predecessors had built a very good reputation which must be maintained.
Hence if the current generation cannot maintain that and even lift it higher, then it must not be destroyed by the negative attitudes of a few ones among you.
The standard of nursing and midwifery practice that we know is not what we see today in our wards, Mr Nyante observed, and implored participants to use the opportunity offered by the workshop to change the image of the profession in the country.
Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, in a closing address, noted that, quality nursing care was a prerequisite for improving the health status of the citizenry.
He advised participants to apply the knowledge they had acquired in every dimension of their practice and also urged health professionals in general to see patients as their own relatives and endeavour to attend to their needs.
Ms Beatrice Kumako and Mrs Eva Mensah, all of FWACN, earlier made presentations on Ethical Issues in Nursing and Midwifery Care and The Nurse/Midwife and the Law, respectively at the workshop.
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