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* Nursing Jobs / eHealth Africa (eHA) Vacancies for Registered Nurses by katty: March 12, 2018, 10:49:38 AM
eHealth Africa designs and implements data-driven solutions and technologies to improve health systems for and with local communities. eHA’s technology works in low connectivity settings, and smartly uses data to drive decision-making by local governments and partner agencies to get optimum results.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Position: Registered Nurse
Location: Kano
Purpose of the Position
• The Registered Nurse provides direct and indirect care for assigned patients in various nursing units and home visits per scheduled shift.
• The Registered Nurse is primarily responsible for professional performance and safe patient care.
• The role encompasses nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, evaluation, and coordination of care for patients across the healthcare continuum involving families.
• Duties include but are not limited to, managing patients with various medical cases.
What you’ll do
To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned:
• Perform patient assessment using appropriate, problem focused, and age-specific assessment techniques.
• Analyze the assessment data, derive nursing interventions, set priorities according to patients needs, formulate a plan of care, implement and evaluate the outcome.
• Document all relevant data in the electronic medical record according to clinic standards.
• Treat patients and families with care and respect while maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality.
• Involve the patient, significant others, and health care providers in the plan of care when appropriate.
• Collaborate with other disciplines through multidisciplinary meetings and care conferences to facilitate patient care and operations.
• Initiate appropriate discharge plan.
• Recognize subtle cues to anticipate potential problems.
• Demonstrate required assessment and therapeutic skills.
• Implement and monitor infection control measures.
• Apply safety measures related to patient care.
• Operate all unit-required equipment safely.
• Ensure availability and maintenance of supplies and equipment needed for the unit and patient care.
• Accountable for the use of patients’ and hospital’s resources.
• Accountable to the patient, the organization, the profession and self.
• Perform clerical duties when needed.
• Provide basic life support when needed.
• Administer medications, monitor desirable and undesirable effects and intervene appropriately.
• Ensure that patients are provided with appropriate nutrition.
• Manage patients with infectious diseases when applicable.
• Manage pediatric patients with infectious diseases when applicable.
• Travel to patients’ homes to deliver care as required.
• Strictly follow clinical guidelines and standard operating procedures set by the clinic management.
Patient & Family Education/Support:
• Provide emotional support and measures to alleviate fear and anxiety.
• Assess patient and family readiness and identifying learning needs.
• Lead/encourage multidisciplinary approach for patient’s discharge.
• Develop and implement the teaching plan utilizing patient education manual.
• Document patient and family education.
• Participate in voluntary community health activities to promote, maintain and restore health and prevent diseases.
• Adheres to Policies and Procedures.
• Adheres to eHealth Africa Code of Conduct as well as ethical standards of the field.
Who you are
• The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required to successfully perform this job:
• Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing from an accredited nursing college, University  with High Distinction (Top 10% of graduating class).
• Must have current clinical experience in direct patient care and have worked a minimum of 24 months in a 20+ bed hospital in the last 3 years.
• Must have at least 3 years of postgraduate nursing experience in an accredited University Teaching, Federal Medical Centre or International hospital.
• Hold and maintain a current nursing license to practice in Nigeria..
• Ability to pass a written knowledge test and interview.
• Knowledge and skills to provide vaccination.
• Knowledge and skills to perform minor trauma care including suturing, plaster casting, I&D, debridement etc.
• Knowledge and skills to stabilize trauma patients prior to transport to higher level of care.
• Proficient in using a computer for patient care, documentation and communication.
• Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Strong leadership skills that include the ability to build effective teams, ability to motivate others, delegate, and make timely/quality decisions.
• Proficiency working within specialized software utilized in program.
Customer Service Requirements:
• Must have excellent customer service skills and communication skills
• Must be able to plan and perform daily activities in an organized manner.
• Must be kind, compassionate, dedicated and patient.
• Must have the ability to handle different kinds of emotions as well as manage on the job stress.
• Must be focused, very detailed and be creative in making decision.
• Must be physically and mentally stable to  handle extended shifts as well as mental pressure and traumatic events.
• Must be able to review, analyze and respond to different situation they encounter daily.
• Must be able to think critically in adapting to change, judging situations and taking appropriate decisions.
Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should go to the link below:
* MCPDP / Ogun State MCPDP Schedule for March 2018 Abeokuta by katty: March 11, 2018, 11:05:30 PM
This is to inform us all that MARCH EDITION,2018 of MCPDP is coming up on March 26th-30th,2018 at Neuropsychiatric Hospital ARO Abeokuta Ogun state
Module:Psychiatric Nursing.Interested participants should hurry up to pay in order to avoid late penalty

Account detail for payment:
Account name:Mcpdpog
Account no:0052781980
* MCPDP / Ondo State March 2018 MCPDP Schedule in Akure by katty: March 11, 2018, 09:49:44 PM
Ondo State MCPDP  2018 31st Edition
Module : Mental / Psychiatry Module 2
Venue : Nurses House Akure
Date : 18th -23rd March, 2018
Fees: #20,000
Account Name: Ondo State MCPDP
Account Number: 0038668697
Bank Name: Union Bank.
For more info : Call
0803 560 2861

 Pls note that if the class is not up to 50 participants, it will be rescheduled to a later date. So register on time
* News / Zimbabwe Nurses, Environmentalists Come After Doctors over Managr Posts by katty: March 11, 2018, 09:46:05 PM
Doctors have come under siege from nurses and environmental health practitioners (EHP) in hearings of the Public Health Act (Amendment) Bill, with the latter two arguing they perform more duties but are not recognised in managerial positions.

In public hearings heard across the country to update the Act to current trends, nurses and EHPs said administrative positions awarded to doctors can equally be held by them.

According to certain sections of the Bill, only fully qualified and registered medical practitioners can become provincial and district health officers, to the irritation of nurses and EHPs.

The Bill also states that the permanent secretary in the ministry of Health should also be a registered doctor as they will be the chief health officer.

Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) president Smangaliso Mafa said the current Act discriminates on the appointment and elevation of nurses to posts of directors.

Mafa said nurses are treated as second class professionals yet they constitute and perform the bulk of the work at any health care institution.

He said there are some very qualified nurses who can take up the post of permanent secretary and PHO, however, they are sidelined.

“Administrative posts in the Bill are very discriminatory to non-medical practitioners. But what needs to be understood is that most of these posts do not require clinical expertise, which most nurses can do even better than doctors.”

“The Act should include all health professionals in positions of power. Most of the qualifications needed are a Master’s degree in Public Health which nurses and pharmacists have however they are not considered for such posts,” Mafa said.

The Zina president argued that in other countries in the region other healthcare professionals are in managerial positions such as permanent secretaries and directors.

He added that nurses who had spent more than five years in a healthcare facility were more qualified to take up managerial posts than recently qualified and inexperienced medical doctors.

Mafa also emphasised the need to abolish the Health Services Board (HSB) arguing that it does not benefit anyone in the healthcare profession.

“If the HSB is abolished nothing will change in terms of duties. Nurses will not even feel its absence because they have not gained anything from its establishment.
Another issue is also that senior nurses should be retired for others to take up posts instead of them only relinquishing their positions because of death,” he said.

Environmental Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe Chinhoyi representative Sandra Chikore said qualifications in public health should be mandatory for all and not optional.

She said in cases of environmental health cases, the qualified EHP should be allowed to carry out their duties without interference.

“Inspections of buildings and other environmental health related issues should be done by a qualified EHP and not a doctor. EHP’s know what to look for and what to recommend. Doctors should stay in their clinical positions,” she said.

Bindura housewife Letwin Kanyama argued that while provision of health was a right according to the Constitution, the Bill provided it as a privilege.

Kanyama argued that government before issues of remuneration and ambulances was concerned they should at least make sure that medicines were available in all public healthcare institutions.

“Section 3 of the Bill says that the minister shall subject to the Act shall within the limits of available resources endeavour to ensure the provision of essential health services and functions. Already the Bill is running away from its Constitutional obligations by giving disclaimers to people. That should not be.

“Provision of healthcare should not be an option. It is a necessity which government should provide. People pay a lot of taxes every month and that money should go towards provision of healthcare. We should not beg to be treated,” Kanyama said.

Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike said public infrastructure should conform to Constitutional standards that is, all houses should be adequately serviced before they are occupied.

He added that compulsory child immunisation and public health interventions such as deworming and vitamin A supplements should be provided regardless of religious affiliation.

Rusike also said local authorities should have an appreciation of public health competencies to effectively carry out their duties as mandated.

“Local authorities should be adequately supervised by the ministry of Health as well as the respective parent ministries, that is, environment for water, sewerage and solid wastes, local government for regulated and healthy urbanisation and secretary for health for the health directorates of local authorities in order to avoid the current pitfall where health disasters have resulted due to limited capacity and public health understanding by office bearers,” Rusike said.

The Act which was drafted in 1924 and had its last amendment in 2001 was long outdated as it still included diseases such as diphtheria, glanders, sleeping sickness, the plague and scarlet fever.

Disease profiles such as cancer and HIV are still absent in the current Act despite the rise in cancer cases over the last decade.

Source : Daily News
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Nurses in Different Specialties In Portharcourt by katty: March 11, 2018, 09:34:05 PM
Specialties needed are:
. Accident & Emergency Nurses
. Theatre Nurses, 
. Peadiatric Nurses
. Peri-Operative Nurses
. Dialysis and
. Fertility nurses

A premier hospital in Port Harcourt which provides both in and outpatient Medicare for many families, groups, companies and organizations, and is also the primary and secondary health care providers for most of the registered HMOs and NHIS is currently recruiting qualified applicants for the following positions in their new facility:
. Nurses (RN)

Specialty Nurses 
. Accident & Emergency Nurses
. Theatre Nurses, 
. Peadiatric Nurses
. Peri-Operative Nurses
. Dialysis and
. Fertility nurses
Method Of Application:
Interested candidates should send their CVs to:
* News / World Needs Additional 9million Nurses and Midwives - WHO by katty: March 11, 2018, 09:31:30 PM
Key facts

Nurses and midwives account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce.

There is a global shortage of health workers, in particular nurses and midwives, who represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers.

The largest needs-based shortages of nurses and midwives are in South East Asia and Africa.

For all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030.

Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care. They provide care in emergency settings and will be key to the achievement of universal health coverage.

Investing in nurses and midwives is good value for money. The report of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth.

Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women compared to 41% in all employment sectors. Nursing and midwifery occupations represent a significant share of the female workforce.

Nurses have many roles: they provide and manage personal care and treatment, work with families and communities, and play a central part in public health and controlling disease and infection.

Nurses are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital. They are also part of their local community – sharing its culture, strengths and vulnerabilities – and can shape and deliver effective interventions to meet the needs of patients,families and communities.

WHO response

WHO’s work relating to nursing and midwifery is currently directed by World Health Assembly resolution WHA64.7 (2011) which calls on WHO Member States and WHO to strengthen nursing and midwifery through a host of measures, including engaging the expertise of nurses and including them in the development of human resources for health policies.

The Global strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery 2016–2020 provides a framework for WHO and key stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate nursing and midwifery accomplishments to ensure accessible, acceptable, quality, and safe nursing and midwifery interventions. It sets out four broad themes to guide the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforce to improve global health:

*ensuring an educated, competent and motivated workforce within effective and responsive health systems at all levels and in different settings;
*optimizing policy development, effective leadership, management and governance;
*maximizing the capacities and potential of nurses and midwives through professional collaborative partnerships, education and continuing professional development; and
*mobilizing political will to invest in building effective evidence-based nursing and midwifery workforce development

WHO engages ministries of health, government chief nursing and midwifery officers and other relevant stakeholders to enable effective planning, coordination and management of nursing and midwifery programmes in countries. The Global Forum for the Government Chief Nurses and Midwives (GCNMOs), established in 2004, is organized by WHO and meets every two years. It is a Forum for senior nursing and midwifery officials to develop and inform areas of shared interest. WHO also engages with academic institutions specialised in nursing and midwifery. Forty-three academic centres are designated as Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery with WHO. The academic centres are affiliated to the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery.

WHO has also established the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN), a mechanism for intersectoral and multistakeholder engagement, to advance implementation of the Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 and the recommendations of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. The leadership, education, gender and youth hubs of the GHWN platform work on priority issues that are of particular relevance to nursing.

WHO is a collaborating partner in the Nursing Now campaign, launched in early 2018. The 3-year campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing, demonstrating what more can be achieved by a strengthened nursing profession, and enabling nurses to maximize their contribution to achieving universal health coverage.

A 2017 Report on the history of nursing and midwifery in the World Health Organization 1948–2017, demonstrates how WHO, since its inception, has endeavoured to give this workforce a voice, and highlights the critical role nurses will play in improving health outcomes in the coming years.

Source :
* News / Graduate Nurses Can’t Force Us To Post Them--Ghana Health Service by katty: March 10, 2018, 08:50:24 PM
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has criticised the growing trend of health professional graduates resorting to picketing at the Health Ministry to demand financial clearance and posting.

He said these aggrieved graduates cannot expect the government to employ when there is no budgetary allocation for them.

“There is nowhere in the world that somebody finishes school and says I am going to picket, sleep at the Ministry of Health and force them to take me whether they can pay me or cannot pay me.”

“…You don't employ somebody if you don't have money to pay or if the money is not readily available. If the person comes to work and you don't pay the person, that one I will agree if the person comes to sleep and picket at the place where he was employed. If you are not being employed, why do you go and picket at the ministry’s car park? Is it done anywhere?” Dr. Nsiah-Asare said on Eyewitness News’ Point Blank segment.

Different classes of health professional graduates spanning as far back as 2015, have trooped to the Ministry of Health to demand clearance for posting into state health installations.

Most recently, in February, police personnel had to forcibly evict some 200 unemployed graduate nurses who pitched camp at the Health Ministry.

The government said it had provided financial clearance to 541 healthcare professionals who are expected to start work this March.

The government has also urged the graduate nurses to stop picketing at the Health Ministry as plans are far advanced to employ about 27,000 nurses .

Dr. Nsiah-Asare reiterated the government’s commitment to the nurses and assured that more nurses will be employed by 2018 ending.

“We have use for every single nurse that has been trained in this country. We haven't reached our nurse-to-population ration but because of our physical constraints… unfortunately, in this country, the government is the biggest employer of health professionals.”

He reminded that the “government took on over 16,000 or so nurses” and this year, the service “has put in the budgetary allocation to also employ nurses.”

Source : Modern Ghana
* News / Abia introduces telemedicine to make medicare more accessible by katty: March 10, 2018, 02:17:42 PM
Abia State government has introduced telemedicine in the state with the aim of making healthcare delivery more accessible to the citizens.

Telemedicine allows healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology. The approach has been through a striking evolution in the last decade, and it is becoming an increasingly important part of healthcare infrastructure in developed countries of the world, especially United States of America.

Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. Telemedicine technology is frequently used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultation and a host of other clinical services that can be provided remotely via secure video and audio connections.

With telemedicine, patients will have less time away from work, won’t incur travel expenses or time; will have less interference with child or elder care responsibilities, as the case may be. With telemedicine, patients will have their privacy and would not be exposed to other potentially contagious patients

Introducing the innovation to a large audience at the just concluded South-East Stakeholders forum on ease of doing business, in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu affirmed that the state had gone digital on certain things n.

According to Governor Ikpeazu, Abia State today, without sounding modest, is the first place in Nigeria and Africa where primary healthcare centres are driven by internet.

The telemedicine could be accessed through a scratch card, which would enable residents and visitors to the state access Medicare. A patient is expected to scratch the card and key-in the pin obtainable in the card to put a call across to a Medical Doctor, who will immediately attend to him or her via telephone.

If the patient needs to go to a primary healthcare centre, the doctor will send him or her to the nearest health centre.

If also the patient needs to undergo a medical test, the doctor will recommend a diagnostic centre nearest to the patient, while the diagnostic centre is expected to forward the result of the test to the doctor and the conversation continues.

Governor Ikpeazu’s administration has also established a State Emergency Healthcare scheme.

The essence of the emergency healthcare scheme is to ensure that victims of health emergencies access healthcare by dialling a dedicated number – 112. And once the call centre is reached, such victim gets hope of being cared for.

Governor Ikpeazu has, out of hard work, attracted funding from funding agencies, hence the state has benefitted from two of such funds – Save One Million Lives Programme and Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.
It is the intention of Ikpeazu to improve on quality healthcare delivery, aimed at making Abia a medical tourism destination, as well as improve on maternal mortality and infant mortality indices.

The overall goal here is to improve on the life expectancy in Abia, since life expectancy in Nigeria is between 53 and 55. The interest to improve maternal and infant mortality indices in the State should be applauded.

In line with its policy to improve healthcare in Abia State, Governor Ikpeazu, recently, commissioned the newly rehabilitated Aba General Hospital, a secondary healthcare facility that has been moribund for seven years.

The new Aba General Hospital, equipped with modern facilities, is to serve as a referral health facility for the primary healthcare centres established in all communities in Aba and its environs.

The Aba General Hospital, which is regarded as the sole of Aba, apart from providing healthcare for residents and visitors to the city, also trains nurses. It also served as a take-off point for the State teaching hospital-Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH).

The story of the hospital began to nosedive when ABSUTH moved to its permanent site at Abayi area of Aba and all attention moved to the new facility, leaving the general hospital to rot.

The reopening of the hospital holds a lot of nostalgia for the residents.

According to Ikpeazu,  “This hospital is associated with all kinds of relief, for pregnant women, children, from 0-5 years, the elderly, the aged, victims of road traffic accidents, victims of industrial accidents and people with all kinds of illnesses, the place to go to as it where was Aba General Hospital.

“It was safe, secured and renowned for best medical practices.

“However, a few years ago, the story changed, what we saw 10 years ago was that we have backlog of students, who have come here to train as nurses in their general nursing programme and probably midwives in the midwifery programme, abandoned for 10 years without being licensed to practice.

“What it meant was that a little girl, who entered school here, hopping that after 3 years, she will become a nurse, ended up celebrating her 28th birthday, without a certificate of a licensing authority.

“But to the glory of God, within the first 18 months of this administration, we were able to return and restore the capacity and credibility of this nursing school to the status that we have cleared the backlog of those waiting for their licensing and has continued to train nurses.”

The governor wondered what Aba residents will do, if the General Hospital is out of service and applauded Dr. Ijeoma Nduka, chief executive, Health Management and her team for their resilience, which he observed led to the rehabilitation of the hospital.

“So, it is more to their credit that we are commissioning this hospital today. But I see a tomorrow for this place, better than what we have ever seen before. I see a tomorrow where people will run into this place and God will heal them, I see a day when pregnant women will not have to pay so much to give birth to their children, safe and healthy.

“I look forward to a day when aged men and women will come here to access healthcare and get well again. I look forward to a day when a trader, who has headache, will rush to the General Hospital, access medicare and go back to his/her shop, healthy.

The Governor continued, “I look forward to a day, when this facility will have the best medical equipment you can find anywhere in the world and handled by our citizens in Diaspora, who are desirous of coming back home to serve their people. “This is our desire and we will not rest until we achieve it.”

For Dr. John Akukanna, state’s commissioner for health, the governor’s vision is to ensure that secondary healthcare system in Abia State is strengthened.
“He wants to make secondary health system strengthened, such that primary healthcare centres, have proper referral healthcare centres. And today, Aba is the first to be given such attention.

The Abia Health Commissioner also revealed that the same facility would be replicated in the three senatorial zones of the state.

According to him, “Aba residents and environs yawned that this hospital should be opened for you and now you have it. So, Aba as it is now has full complements of primary healthcare, secondary and tertiary healthcare systems.

He urged Aba residents to patronize the hospital and complain where things are not working properly.

To strengthen healthcare delivery in Abia State, the current administration in the State has recruited medical personnel and is partnering with organizations to provide medical equipment in the State owned hospitals.

The State Government has taken delivery of some medical equipment from Project CURE, a United States of America (USA) based organisation.

Project CURE, donates medical supplies and equipment to developing countries.

Governor Ikpeazu, on tour General Hospitals in the State, explained that the exercise was aimed at identifying the various needs of each General Hospital in the State.

Accompanied by Bev Sloan, Project CURE, representative, Ikpeazu stated that all the General hospitals need attention in terms of man-power, medical equipment, furniture, among other.

The Abia State governor, disclosed that the State government has plans to recruit medical personnel that would be deployed to various General hospitals in the State.

He disclosed that the State is partnering Project CURE, for the supply of medical equipment and consumables and thanked the Hospital Management Board for their commitment in spite of the numerous challenges and encouraged them to continue.

Source : Business Day
* News / Nothing Will Stop Me From Sacking You: Akeredolu Tells Corrupt Health Workers by katty: March 10, 2018, 02:08:13 PM
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Friday threatened to sack health care workers indulging in sharp practices in the State Primary Health care Development Board.
Akeredolu issued the threat at Idanre Local Government Area of the state while flagging off the 2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign (MVC).
“I have set up a panel of inquiry to fish out some elements in the Primary Health Care Development Board engaging in sharp practices.
“Those that refuse to dispense drugs given to them and other means of corruption will not be spared.
“This money is from our partners that must be spent accordingly and those caught culpable will be exposed.
“No amount of protests will stop us from dismissing them when caught,” he said.
The governor charged the board workers to be honest and transparent.
According to him, the state has done very well in immunisation and other healthcare delivery.
He said the state was among those that topped national encouraging immunisation chart.
“The former governor piloted a lot of ideas and policies in the sector and we have determined to build on his work.
“We are targeting above 90 per cent in primary health care, though we are doing well, we can still do better,” he said.
He, therefore, urged parents and guardians to cooperate with government to reduce causes of high mortality in children through immunisation.
* Articles / Nursing: My Profession My Pride By Linus Paul RN by katty: March 10, 2018, 02:04:28 PM
Let’s start with the first benefit to nursing: Altruism;  the unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness. Nurses help people. It’s that simple. In 2014, nurses once again appeared at the top of Gallup’s annual survey of Most Trusted Professions. The perception of our profession is that we care in many different forms of that word… Nurses help people. And in doing so, we receive the unmatched satisfaction of knowing that we have made a difference to patients and their families.
The longer I’m in the profession, the more experiences shape my life, the more amazing colleagues influence me, the more I see the micro and macro power of nursing.
The phenomenon of the nurse-patient relationship and its ability to affect the overall treatment of a patient is a central topic to the studying of nursing. The focus is usually on the ability of the nurse to impact the patient, but we often forget how much the patient can impact the nurse.
Nurses are constantly reminded of the necessity of valuing the dignity and worth of every person. As a result, we become better people. Our souls are healed. We develop communication skills and open hearts which make us more loving members of our own families. We become tolerant, and appreciate the diversity of all of the people on this earth. Perhaps that is the biggest benefit of being nurses.

We become more caring, and honorable people.  As nurses we know suffering. We are fully aware of how precious each moment of life is. We learn to live well. Nurses are grateful people. Some people only learn about these essential spiritual qualities from traditions of worship. We learn compassion, love, peace and more by performing our daily work.
I work to maintain my patient’s dignity through intimate moments, difficult long term decisions, and heartbreaking situations. I share in the joy of newly born babies and miraculously cured diseases. I share in the heart break of a child taken too soon, a disease too powerful, a life changed forever. My patient is often an entire family. I assess and advocate. Sometimes I wipe bottoms, often I give meds, but that isn’t the extent of what I do. There are people above me, and people below. I work closely with both, without them, I could not do what I do well. I chose this profession and love almost every minute of it.
We've endured years of education and of clinical preparation, endless hours of studying, passed the very challenging exam, the GNC, and landed our first job. We are NURSES!!! Sometimes we just cannot contain our pride and enthusiasm. Our family and friends might not understand why we are so excited. It's simple; We hold precious lives in our hands and can make a difference between life and death.
What I do know is this: if you are a nurse, then you should wear the title with pride. Not many people are capable of doing what you do, and even fewer are capable of doing it with the charisma and passion you do it with. The impact you make on a patient's life, however brief it may be, is something they will never forget. It’s been said that nobody appreciates a nurse until they need one. Nurses know this. They know they are under-appreciated, but it doesn’t matter to them and when you need one, they’ll be there.
If you ask any nurse what it is about nursing that inspires them, I guarantee their answer will have nothing to do with the overcoming irrational assumptions. Their motivation is not to prove people wrong or gain the approval of others; their motivation is that they genuinely believe in the cause. They know how much of a difference nursing makes on the world, and only a nurse can truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of their impact. They don’t need to listen to what other people say about their job or what kind of difference it makes, Nurses live on it.
Nursing Is My Profession And My Pride
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