The Nigerian Nursing community was stunned last week with National Dailies Frontpage Pictures of Registered Nurses dressed in immaculate 'White' uniform; PROTESTING!!.
Major newspapers screamed with headlines like "Nursing students lock out Ministry of Health workers - NATION NEWSPAPER", "Nursing Students Protest Exclusion From Housemanship - Tribune Newspaper", "Nursing students picket ministry over denied internship - Dailytrust Newspaper".
This protest was given massive airtime on Nigerian Television stations like A.I.T, Channels and N.T.A.
But to the consternation of Nigerian Nurses, NANNM has remained mute and once more failed to seize the moment to lend its voice and fight for the same nurses they should be representing. NANNM has consistently and once again, displayed an absolute insensitivity to the priorities of Nigerian nurses. One wonders if we have to get CNN to air the nurses protest to get a reaction from NANNM.
According to the "outdated" NANNM website, NANNM had proposed a unified scheme of service with entry points of GL09 for Nursing students on internship, with same been sent to the federal ministry of health for onward transmission to the office of the head of civil service of the federation since "2009", Five years have gone by now? Nothing!!
NANNM must do the right thing in the interest of Nigerian Nurses and demand immediate implementation of the internship program for graduate nurses. the benefits of which are enormous. Continued silence on the issue by NANNM only lends credence to Graduate nurses fears of NANNM's obfuscating stance on the issue
We would all recall that a few days ago, a Nurse on polio immunization campaign was gunned down in cold blood a week to her wedding, and it took NANNM "days" to issue a press statement condemning the death of one of us. It beats my imagination that NANNM does not have a finger on the pulse of the Nigerian Nursing community it claims to lead.
Nigerian Nurses have been debased and deprived enough and all stakeholders must take a stand. This cannot be achieved with misplaced priorities and insensitivity on the part of NANNM.
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