Regional News of 2014-02-12

NMC of Ghana opens a two-day workshop

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (NMC) has begun a two day workshop on “Ethico-Legal Issues in the outpatient department (OPD) and World Management for nurses and midwives (Clinicians and Tutors) at Achimota.”

The workshop is geared towards ensuring continuing Professional Development for nursing and midwifery practitioners in the country.

This is to help update the knowledge and sharpen the skills of Nurses and Midwives for effective and efficient service delivery at their individual workplaces.

In a news release signed by Felix Nyante, the Acting Registrar of the council and copied to the Ghana News Agency stated that, it is stipulated in the code of ethics for nurses and midwifery practice in Ghana that, the practitioner’s first loyalty must be to the client.

It said the workshop intends to address the public outcry over the poor attitude of nurses towards their patients and draw their attention to the ethical and legal implications of their attitudes, so as to guarantee the highest quality of nursing and midwifery care to the public at large.

The workshop is also aimed at building the capacity of participants to become competent Ward Managers and remind them of their special responsibility they assume when caring for the sick.

Additionally, it is to equip participants with skills relating to the art and science of supervision and delegation, and guide participants in professional self-regulation.

The release said, 112 participants would be drawn from hospitals, clinics, nursing and midwifery training schools and universities offering nursing and midwifery programmes within the Greater Accra Region.

“It is the expectation of the council that the participants will return to their various work places with fresh ideas on current trends in nursing and midwifery care”, the release stated.

It encouraged patients and members of the public to call 0501333237, 0501291528, and 0501291529 to seek for assistance when they encounter challenges with nursing and midwifery practitioners across the country.

The council urged management of all health facilities to enforce the wearing of name-tags by their nursing and midwifery staffs.

Source: GNA
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