Tooth for tooth says the old adage but what will the toothless bulldog do? The recurrence of professional antics and pan tics can be overwhelming and highly handed. Separation of function and credible understanding of appreciable roles for various agencies and professionally political platforms is crucial. National Association Of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives (NANNM) and the university graduate of nursing science association (UGONSA) have a viable reason after juxtaposition to unify considering the era and systemic terrain that the world is changing globally. In as much as NANNM has a long standing establishment factor compared to UGONNSA but I feel there is a much essential reason why the both bodies should have a common ground of understanding and unification. Unification in this context does not mean solidification but instead consolidation.
There should be a cordial relationship between the artifacts, archives, gazettes, communiqués, memoranda and policies of both associations. Synergistic method and approach to general sensitivity issues and problems brought forward to the public domain should be imbibed. Many times from the policies rendered or propounded by the nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria (NMCN) we could tell the disparities, controversial differences and irrevocable contingencies emanating from NANNM and UGONSA from their different approaches to such issues. It has more or less looked like or better still become a thug of war between both parties. Let me categorically state that until the aforementioned unions find a lasting unified ground of modus operandi and synergistic consolidation nursing will continue to toe the path of failure, mundane experience and political misdemeanors. Right from the time UGONSA was established, NANNM has sighted it as a threat in disguise. We must understand that we illicitly need no such aggravations, reactions and tantrums. The both parties are great to stand in their respective capacities but should find a common ground of jurisdiction. Wherewith, this will help strengthen each other and create an atmosphere as well as a cemented foundation for nursing leadership and pressure groups.
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Nursing in Nigeria needs vibrant and highly capacitated working groups to drive in our demands and desires to the telescope of greatness and developed echelon. Just like NMA, NARD, NDA, MWAN, MDCAN, NADUHS and NAGGMDP in the medical profession with a synergistic, communal and commensally related roles and functions I feel that having NANNM, NMCN and UGONSA just but a few should have no congruent reason for tussle, tantrum and professionally political dispositions and exhibition of roles. Strive should be obnoxious, outdated and obsolete between these professional bodies. Moreover, these associations both have their distinct job descriptions in as much as it is all gearing to a unanimous and conventional goal. It is definitely high time to grossly supersede these endearing and endangering menace called strive, hatred and tussle but instead find a unifying ground to resolve delicate issues and problems that matters to our dear profession. Nursing in Nigeria needs voices, different voices to speak in politics and unionism. Therefore, limiting each others’ capabilities is a high regard for disrespect and a high level of moral and professional decadence.
In a short note among many other benefits, nursing stand to gain these if NANNM and UGONSA unifies:
- Professional relevance
- Easy decision making
- Faster policy enactment
- Professional development
- Faster, easier and steady targeted goals achievement
- This will help checkmate NMCN excesses
- Provision of policies and regulations review and adequate scrutiny of communiqués and statutes emanating from NMCN
- Check and balance the nurses’ earned professional entitlement such as consolidated salary, allowances and other remuneration
- Proper representation of graduate nurses in the global status of nursing even among the registered nurses in Nigeria
- Proper internship placement and job placement as well
- Provision of a solid ground for consultation in the health sector by the government
- Availability of good working environment and enablement of professional development
The common saying goes that ‘the house that is divided against itself cannot stand’. We indeed need to learn from this proverbial quote above.
The benefits of this pertinent unification to the community will include a change of perception from the public domain about the image of nurses in the healthcare services, restructure the pinnacles of nursing treatment and reinforce the working force and increase healthcare services in the rural and urban settlements as obtainable in the developed countries. Nurses are the largest professionally working force both in Nigeria and globally and as such should earn and have a high sense of respect and admiration but without a good conjugal and appropriate union, group, association and leadership representation nursing will continue to suffer a negative setback in Nigeria.
In conclusion, I therefore use this medium as I take judicious advantage of this means to call on NANNM, UGONSA and other subsidiary or affiliate bodies to unify (consolidate) so that we can have a common ground of entry and position in the health sector as this will help improve and develop our professional relevance as well foster targeted goal achievement especially with the government.