Carefully studying the happenings in nursing all over Nigeria, I have come to the understanding that the young ones who desire a better future are just on our own. Do we have a strength? Yes, we do have a strength, we have all it takes, we have the number and we have the strong will.
Do we have a voice?
No!! No!! No!! We don’t but it seems we do. A candle is useless when it is being lighted and put in a bushel therefore we don’t have a voice if it doesn’t speak out. Why don’t we have a voice? We do not have a voice because we have allowed ourselves to be silenced, I mean we have decided to use the voice on some other things instead of investing the voice and positively impacting the profession.
What took away the voice?
I have over the years studied that many people in nursing actually never wanted nursing but had to be in nursing due to some circumstances, if these kinds of people refuse to see the good in the profession, they will never be fulfilled being a professional nurse which won’t make them see a need to give out their voices to the profession.
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I have also noticed that lack of adequate leadership which has led to inappropriate punishment, intimidation, victimization etc has made many to lie low and allow the degradation of the profession to continue.
Frustration is the major factor which has led many out of the country with decision never to be involved in the country’s nursing. Some of those who got frustrated left the profession, some left the country and some decided to loom while the profession rot away.
What is the way out?
I don’t understand why a profession with so many battles to conquer will refuse to encourage the strong ones but instead victimize and intimidate them. I strongly believe the profession will not be a better one if the strong ones who sincerely want a positive change in the profession leaves the profession.
A STRONG VOICE. Sincerely, I know there are so many strong ones with strong will to initiate the compulsory change movement in the profession but many are afraid due to the unknown outcome and fear of intimidation. With a strong and loud voice, change will be initiated, forceful professional revolution will occur, restructuring and repositioning will be done and nursing in Nigeria will thrive the way it should.
I will encourage everyone with the love of nursing at heart to learn how to speak out. Give out information to a voice who can publicly speak and air your pains. Irrespective of the situation around, learn to find a way round i and speak out. Speaking out can be through giving out information, writing as an anonymous and supporting those speaking out around you.
NOTE: A VOICE IS USELESS IF THERE ARE NO INFORMATION TO SPEAK ON. NOTE 2: Information is the key to solving the issues around you please do give it out, don’t allow fear of victimization or job termination torment you and keep you with dissatisfaction, please learn to speak out.
I am Olabanji Joel and I remain a strong voice I am a Nurse, A Writer and A Socialist CALLING OUT THE STRONG VOICE IN ALL. Edited by Nurse Ishola T.