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Quackery And Nursing: When Did We Get It All Wrong! By Olufemi Iseyemi Folakemi RN
Date Posted: 03/Apr/2019
The nobility in nursing was quite new to our people and they choose to trample it, kick it around so much so that a good beautiful, internationally adored profession became what they bastardized to the extent of equating and replacing it with quacks. 
 
This seems to be a deliberate attempt by those who ought to know the importance and the uniqueness of a nurse in the society, even our next door neighbor, our supposed friends, who knows they cannot carry out any procedure without the impute of a nurse, THE PIVOT ON WHICH HEALTH CARE ROTATES. 
 
We actually got it wrong because, when the process started, nurses were busy trading their professional pride for family ties. Some were timid to question the usurper, some joined in the race of submerging and bastardisation of this Noble profession. All because they are married or friendly with these so called knowledgeable folks that have chosen to kill nursing in order to make wealth and gain fame. And some nurses did theirs out of selfishness.
 
Let's look at it objectively, 
The private sector is infiltrated with quacks trained by health professionals who will not name them after themselves, but chose to name them after the gullible professionals who will not talk, complain or feel marginalized or overthrown. (While they jealously protect their own profession).
 
After all, the most common perpetrators/ QUACKS trainers have the yam and the knife, so they cut it anyhow, 
nothing will happen, the populace are also ignorant and gullible, therefore, the illegal training continues.
Who will question who? An abnormal system which is indirectly legalised.
 
What do we think gave birth to this? 
1. Greed, quest for money at the expense of human life.
2. Lack of regard /respect for other professionals
3. Power, Absolute power
4. Corruption and lack of respect to constituted authority.
5. Selfishness, (they know quackery will take these young ones to no where, no future, no growth but it will enhance the trainer's financial stand).
 
The fact remains that every profession in the health sector occupies a unique position. Whether private or public, quality goal oriented nursing will enhance good health care outcome. 
 
The quality of care goes a long way in determining the end result. Our people just want to be well, therefore, they don't care who is there administering the care. What we do here will lead to loss of certification and jail term abroad. 
 
Every professional designs and trained their assistants.
* Health assistants for nurses 
* Physician assistant for doctors
* Lab assistant for lab scientists
* Pharm Assistant for pharmacists etc. 
 
Why not train your own assistant and name them after your profession?
 
The assistants are not there to take over the professionals job or replace them outrightly but to assist in doing unprofessional cores, so that the professional can concentrate on expert professional care.
 
Despite this, the assistants go through training and they have job description.  These quack have no training from the professionals they are named after. THE PRIVATE HOSPITAL OWNERS CONSPIRED TO RECOGNISE THEIR CERTIFICATES WITHIN THEIR CICRCLE, THEREBY LEGALISING IT IN PLACE OF TRAINED NURSES.
 
THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
 
THEY JUST GET ONE OR TWO TRAINED NURSES (PAY THEM PEANUTS), THE REST (TEN TO TWENTY) WORKERS ARE QUACKS, TO WHOM HUMAN LIVES ARE COMMITTED. SO YOU HEAR, NURSE BOSE, NURSE TITI. THEIR PRACTICE HAS NO RESTRICTIONS. THEY CAN ATTEMPT ANY OF THE PROCEDURES, NO MATTER HOW DELICATE OR TECHNICAL, IT'S OK BY THE OWNERS OF OUTFITS.
 
WHEREAS ON THE PUBLIC SIDE, THERE ARE DOS AND DON'T. A TRAINED NURSE MUST NOT DO THIS, BUT A QUACK CAN DO ALL, WITHOUT THEIR SUPERVISION. WHY NOT BETRAY THAT TRUST ON YOUR TRAINED NURSES?, WHY NOT ALLOW THEM TO BE RELEVANT?  WHY NOT ALLOW THEM TO GROW?,IT WILL BE BETTER FOR THE POPULACE! IT WILL ENHANCE HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE AND SAVE SO MANY LIVES.
 
STOP THE WAR AGAINST NURSES GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT! LET NURSES BE, AT LEAST FOR ONCE IN NIGERIA!!! NURSES ARE PROFESSIONALS! NURSING IS NOT SUBSIDIARY TO ANY PROFESSION! WE DESERVE THE BEST LIKE OTHERS.
 
This seems to be like a bid to relegate and trivialize nursing among Nigerians. 
 
Ghana has private hospitals but the professionals practice within the acceptable norms and law guiding each profession. 
 
Why are we lawless in Nigeria?
Why are we greedy? 
Why do we love money more than life? 
Why do we pretend to be involved in saving lives, whereas we careless, so far money, fame and pride comes in as desired?
 
Health care professional training are scientific and they are also an art. We learn the science in school, and the art on the field of practice. We play different roles that are interwoven, interrelated and interdependent. Nobody can claim mastery of what others do except callous and deceitful professionals .
 
In civilised country, they all grow together but in Nigeria, we want individual professional recognition and domination, therefore, some play the major role of trampling, subjugation and relegation of others to remain on top. 
 
Funny but true, we can't achieve anything until we all learn to respect one another and give great regards to what others do which we are not licensed to do. Team work is the reigning slogan and style now. Every team consists of relevant certified professionals, who delivers holistic care. Their pride comes from the number of lives they collectively save.
 
Our own supposed team leaders here prefers to team up with quacks, because it boost their ego, they are cheaper to employ and maintain, plus the fact that they cannot question their decisions and authority. Real one man business. They do not think about the fact that life has no duplicate. The number of errors and mistakes that takes lives or gives permanent damage, plus the pains they are causing the real professionals. 
 
Conclusively, nursing is a profession adored by all and sundry outside Nigeria, those training quacks and using them to replace nurses should remember that the international community are watching them, even if the government is keeping mute over these evil, let it be known today that this in an act of inhumanity against gullible Nigerians by those who are placed in authority to protect their health . 
 
If nobody asks today, nemesis will catch up with perpetrators tomorrow. People are getting enlightened by the day. They will use one or two of you as examples to deter others. Let nursing grow, let people enjoy the art, let the populace understand the difference between nurses and your trainees.
 
Remember this always:
There can be no meaningful development in health care delivery in Nigeria until nurses are rightly placed and given free hands to display their knowledge and skills in health care delivery and administration.
STOP THE DASTARDLY ACT,
STOP REPLACING NURSES WITH QUACKS
CALL YOUR QUACKS BY YOUR PROFESSIONAL NAME.
NURSES HAVE NO AUXILIARIES IN NIGERIA. (ASK THE NURSING MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA)

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