The story with the caption "Nurse Pulls Out Baby’s Hand" has been shared far and wide in the media recently since the story broke on various papers like "The Punch, Dailypost and various online Blogs" and though the headline refered to the culprit wrongely as a "Nurse" and not as a "Quack".
Journalism is a prestigious profession saddled with the unique role to enlighten the public and this function goes a long way in determining the growth of any society.
One can’t but appreciate the efforts of this set of professionals especially looking far into the risks associated with the job. On this note, I give kudos to every journalist who fast checks his/her sources before publishing them especially the ones in Nigeria because of the peculiarities of our beloved country. The same goes for any other profession.
It hurts when I see articles blacklisting nurses. An accused person remains a SUSPECT until proved guilty by the court of law. Why then should anybody in WHITE, any female working in the hospital, or anyone who commits a crime in the hospital or a crime relating to health be tagged a nurse?
It is not unknown to us all that there are a lot of perpetrators and criminals portraying themselves as nurses. Should we now be on the side of the wrongdoers by calling them what they are not? I think the mass media should be at the forefront in enlightening the general public.
Let me keep the record straight by informing anyone reading this piece that a NURSE (in Nigeria) is someone who has successfully completed secondary education with not less than five credits (Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in not more than two sittings, and has undergone a formal training in an accredited School of Nursing or a Department of Nursing in an Accredited University and has successfully passed the final qualifying examination for nurses, and has been duly registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to practise as a nurse.
It’s either you’re a nurse or you’re not. There is no shortcut to it!
Igiegbo Mariam O. RN, RM, BNSc,
32 Miyaki Street, Oworonshoki, Lagos State
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