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STRONG CALL FOR A BETTER RESTRUCTURING IN NURSING by Olabanji Joel

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For umpteen times, voices have been sounded about Nursing in Nigeria, its role/responsibilities and as well its place in the academia and health sector at large, joining my voice in solidarity, I write this today because it’s about the future of the youths, the actions taken by our leaders yesterday has resulted in what we are facing today and if care is not taken, what we are facing today might be nothing compared to what the today’s action of our leaders will make us face in the nearest future.
The Nigerian Nursing has made the highest form of success in that to get recognition in nursing, you have to travel out of the country, to this end, the best brains and those who have the strength, willingness, courage and understanding to make the profession better are being forced to take a bow in search for a greener pasture in other climate thereby, they use their home gained knowledge and skills to improve the profession in other soil hence, leaving ours to rot away.
#Note- Many nurses never wanted to travel out of this country to work in another man’s land but persistent resistance to growth and failures in leadership which led to crumbled hope left many with no choice but to leave the country in search for the soil where their passion seem to be more appreciated, the result of which we all are experiencing today: a failed health care system.
In Nigeria, bad structure appears to be the leading factor affecting the proper placement of nurses which if the leaders decides not to look into as early as possible, the country might have no choice than to start using quacks even in the tertiary institutions as majority of the registered nurses which should be our asset would all have traveled out in search of a better future not only for themselves but for their families, to another place with better leaders, better structured nursing and plans for their people. It’s painful that NANNM and NMCN have decided to look away from the pains of the Nurses in this country.
The agitations of the youths and our demands has never been taken serious nor considered. I have this to say that; the profession will never be better if the internal structure is not made to be a formidable force. A senior medical doctor said in a viral video that the nurses in this nation are not sufficient thereby the need for quacks can’t be ruled out but the question is, are all the nurses even in the country employed with satisfactory income? Well, I don’t blame the doctor for saying that, I only blame the leaders of the profession who can’t openly rebuke him for spitting out rubbish.
In fact, our leaders are yet to say anything about the viral video despite it being on so many nursing platforms. Let me go back to the need to restructure the profession starting from all nursing leaders, institutions, orientations, practice etc. Away from many talks without actions,If a total restructuring is not done, we will only keep having leaders who will come out to openly deny their members and those who will blame their members for being infected in a time like this. NANNM and NMCN should come off different excuses that has caused the profession to be in a messy state, enough of excuses, enough of failed structure and leadership, we want the profession to grow, enough of living on past glories.
Nursing is our heritage but are we sure the heritage is safe with our present leaders? Covid-19 has given us reasons why we should reset our lives and add values to ourselves but the leaders still keep on palliating the devalued profession. A man that give excuses will never progress, therefore, to me it is plausible to state that a leader in the profession who knows what has been pulling the profession back but has never acted in the best interest of making things better should honourably step down from the post as the youths in the profession are conscious about our future and that of the coming generation.
Licensed Community Nursing is not a success, it is indeed degrading. HND is not a success it is a great ridicule. Four years to get a degree after School of Nursing is not a breakthrough, it’s an insult to nursing administration, an insult to nursing education and a time waster to the students. Post Basic schools has never added anything meaningful but just an accumulated diplomas.

A TOTAL AND RESTRUCTURING IS WHAT WE NEED, EVEN IF IT REQUIRES SOME PEOPLE SACRIFICING SO THAT A PROPER FUTURE CAN BE GUARANTEED.

The voices of those crying for a better nursing will not make the persons hindering the growth of the profession to rest, enough of the ridicule and mal treatment. It’s a shame one of the most valued profession in the world lacks value in this nation. Lastly, I urge all leaders at various sectors to do away with personal interest, the focus should be actualising the long dream for a better profession.
PLEASE HONOURABLY STEP DOWN IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE TO CAPTAIN THE SHIP OF NURSING TO THE LONG AWAITED DESTINATION.
There’s no enough time to crawl anymore, enough of the sluggishness. It’s time to actively fly and compete with her colleague in the health sector if not LEAD.
Thanks. Written by Olabanji Joel A Nurse, Writer and Socialist. Edited by Osundeyi Kehinde

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