The Nursing and Midwifery Training College in Koforidua has held a mass and maiden graduation ceremony for a total of 202 qualified nurses, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.
The graduation ceremony which looked like an alumni homecoming, saw Senior Nurses, Principals of sister-training institutions, Tutors and Nursing Administrators who had completed the school many years ago graduating.
Mr Felix Nyante, Registrar of the Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC), who administered the oath to the nurses, was himself an alumni who also graduated alongside other senior nurses and head of the General Nursing programme of the school Mrs Susana Van Blocke.
Mr Nyante in his graduation address, noted that perception about nurses and midwives in the country was a dent on the image of the profession, and called on all to help address the situation particularly the training institutions.
He said the Council had several measures with the aim of ensuring high ethical and professional standards and reminded the graduands that basis of nursing which was started by Florence Nightingale was the show of compassion, care and service to humanity.
The Registrar, therefore, urged nurses to change their attitude towards work to improve the perception and image of the profession adding that ‘without patients or clients there will be no nurses, and therefore imperative to treat them with all respect’.
Dr Michael Agyekum Addo, CEO of the Kama Group of Companies and Chairman for the occasion, also urged nurses to show professionalism in the discharge of their duties not, only at the health centres, but everywhere they found themselves.
He said people have become living corpses, citing an instance where someone died in his hands at a public function, and urged the training institutions to intensify basic first aid and care outside facilities.
Mrs Doreen Ayensu, Principal of the school, said it was established as health assistants training centre then it was turned into two separate entities as a nursing and midwives training school, until 2005 when it was merged as one school under one administration.
She disclosed that the school had trained over 5,000 nurses and midwives, but was not immune to challenges, such as infrastructure, and mentioned that the school lacked a boy’s hostel and adequate skills acquisition laboratories. GNA