It is a pity that many a creature has no inkling of what Nursing school is all about through their choice of words anf definition of the products from such institutions. Personally it seems that many inhabitants of our present world are not adequately educated on the importance of practical nursing which is taught in our Nursing schools compared to that of the advanced tertiary institutions which seem to lack adequate practical experience of their various courses of study.
These ignorant masses are still the same set of people who could hardly differentiate from a ward attendant to a qualified Nurse on ward. However, there are many advantages of being a school of Nursing graduate which includes high skill practical exposure, good career opportunity and preferred specialization choice after bagging your RN certificate.
A peek to the past would show how products of school of Nursing have performed better in variety of ways both academically and practically. The perspective of viewing Nursing school graduate as more or less a trainee by the public is abysmal and there is urgent need for massive orientation about the value of good practical skills in our noble profession.
Furthermore, a peek at the accolades of our past Nursing leaders have shown that dedication is the watchword of all Nursing school graduate. It is instructive to note that most of the private owned health institution now prefer to train youths with no formal education to practice with them in the hospital because of the fear of paying exorbitantly to a qualified Registered Nurse (RN) certificate holder and this is also killing the motivation of young secondary school leavers in even going to school of Nursing. These secondary school graduates would prefer to sit back at home and learn how to inject and administer drugs without knowing the rationale to taking orders from one medical personnel who owns a private hospital irrespective of what those orders are and allowing their immediate future to be blurred by the mad ambition of their trainer.
Nursing And The Universities
In the light of the foregoing, I think our political leaders in the Nursing profession should also device a means of how the universities in the country will absorb all school of Nursings and prevent prolonged years of study just to obtain the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Technology has given today's denizen of the world, Nigeria inclusive, in which most of our universities are now giving chance for online distance learning but this I presume is also detrimental to the future of our profession, in that the vacuum for practical experience will be left unfilled. Nursing must get back on its feet and measure up to the standard of its other medical profession counterparts.
In conclusion, this piece is a clarion call to all Nursing leaders, Nursing school graduates, private health institution owners and the public at large , our profession is a noble profession that needs to be handled and called with all nobility.
By Ademiju Solomon (RN)
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