General secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA), Madam Perpetual Ofosu Ampofo has advised nurses against the use of their uniforms for any picketing activities to express their grievances.
She hinted that it was not only unethical but unprofessional for nurses which ever the category to be seen in uniforms sleeping on the streets in attempt to solve it’s labor related issues.
Madam Perpetual was responding questions related to recent spate of activities by some unemployed nurses on GhOne’s HardTalk in commemoration of the international nurses day celebration.
“In the uniform you cannot behave this way.It is not in the best of the manners and does not bring honor to the profession”, Mrs Ampofo remarked.
She suggested the use of effective alternatives for labor agitations and the GRNA as a mother body was available to provide the necessary support to whichever affected group under its umbrella.
“As a mother association we are doing a lot of dialogue, unfortunately before we wake up they are already out there”
She urged nurses to also focus their attention on the patient and accord the rights they deserve.
“In nursing time is life and not money, nurses must be give patient care with all the smiles and love they deserve” she said.
Mrs Ampofo pleaded with the Ministry of Health(MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) and other employers to provide the necessary logistics, empowerment to enable nurses serve Ghanaians better.
International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society. May 12 is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, mother of Nursing.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.