Martin Luther king once said "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter". Permit me to take you down memory lane:
In November 2007, the Nursing image home and abroad took a plunge. We all awoke to details of how Queen Nwoye, a nigerian nurse in the U.S began an elaborate scheme to blackmail a doctor to the tune of over $180,000 to keep their affair secret from the doctors wife Mrs Ngozi okonjo- iweala. She and a mysterious partner had over time gathered pictures of the doctor and queen during assignations in a car.
Meet Mrs Iheanacho, whom in august 2011 was sentenced in a federal court for her role in illegally distributing prescription drugs at her Dorchester pharmacy. Iheanacho, A Stoughton, Massachusetts based Nigerian nurse was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute, dispense, and possess with intent to distribute Schedule III and IV controlled substances; five counts of distribution of Schedule IV controlled substances; conspiracy to commit international money laundering; and international money laundering.
Three months later, in november 2011, 51 year old Nigerian-born UK resident nurse, Omolayo Abayomi, had her Nurse's licence withdrawn by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council for throwing her hands into the air and begging for Jesus to help, as a baby she was supposed to be taking care of suffered a heart attack.
Then in May 2012, Folajuwani Ajayi, Nigerian nurse was arraigned in an indianapolis court for fondling an unconscious patient and videotaping it. When we thought that no more damage could be done, in December same year, Grace Adeleye, 67, carried out a procedure on four-week-old Goodluck Caubergs at an address in Chadderton, Oldham. The boy bled to death before he could reach hospital the following day. Adeleye was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Manchester Crown Court.
Welcome 2013 and Naija nurses abroad are at it again, barely two weeks into the new year, A nigerian Nurse Tititlola Orefuwa Titilola is on trial, she is alleged to have gone on social networking website, Facebook, while caring for a critically ill child at the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital. Also reported was Another Nigerian nurse whom was tried over three days last week for abusing his professional status by forging a relationship with a patient under his care.
We however take solace in the likes of Mrs. Kate Anolue, A United Kingdom-based Nigerian nurse whom in May 2012 was officially inaugurated as the new Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield. Also carrying the nigerian touch is nurse grace ogiehor-enoma the great NANNA president. Also inspiring is Mission-driven Rita Melifonwu, founder of Stroke Action UK.
It is high time, Nigerian nurses in foreign land begin to give back to the profession that has taken them to where they are today. Nothing much has changed in the schools of nursing that you left years ago for greener pasutres, lectures are held in dilapidated structures, demonstration rooms lack basic manikins and training equipments, insufficient lecturers, e.t.c
You owe it to the profession,
We need your experience,
Nigerian Nursing is still in the infancy stage,
we need YOU!
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