On the other side of the coin, are the few bad ones. Those who are
constantly dragging the image of the profession into the mud, as the
saying goes; in every house there is "Mensah", they are those who fell
into the profession by accident and some too by
the "stepping stone phenomema" They roar at the sick at the least
provocation as if they have land dispute problems with them. They
either do not understand
the nurses' pledge or attach any significance to it which states in
stanza three " I promise to respect at all times the dignity of the
patient in my charge".
The Ghanaian nurse since time immemorial have worked tremendously for
the sake of mankind. Their work deserve better remuneration, better
condition of service, respect and publicity. When their two sisters in
the health sector embarked on strike demanding what others described
as "avaricious demand", the Ghanaian nurse for the sake of mankind was
in the ward attending to that unconscious patient who have soiled
himself from head to toe with vomitus, urine and faecal matter,
dressing that stinky gangrenous wound, carrying bedpan and what have
you. Those in the psychiatric wards are sometimes physically attacked
by restless, anxious and deluded patients. Some staffs have lost their
eyes, teeth, others with broken limbs some of which eventually led to
their deaths, without any insurance cover nor “risk allowance”. As for
the rotation nurses, the little you talk of them the better. Ghanaian
nurses need a sturdy association with leaders who can always
mount the negotiation table and hold the bull by the horns for the
betterment of their condition of service. May God bless the hand that
cares for the sick.
Ghanaian nurses, AYEKOO, your reward is in heaven.
By: Ali Mohammed(Chibaro Ali), a staff nurse at
Ankaful Psyciatric Hospital.
Facebook: Chibaro Ali.