The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing has conveyed a Nightingale seasons’ greetings to Nurses.
Recounting the tremendous efforts of nurses at resurrecting the hopes of patients and their relatives when clouds of hopelessness envelop their health, the UGONSA Assistant National Secretary East, Nurse P.O. Eteng, in a Christmas & New Year Message, described nurses as “golden gifts to mankind”.
The statement reads, “As we celebrate Christmas which signifies Love to mankind we cannot but celebrate nurses who are golden gifts to mankind representing the practicum of the love we celebrate in yuletide by altruistically living their lives for the care and betterment of patients and their relatives alike.
“Even though the year 2019 was a great nursing year, we charge our amiable and indefatigable nurses to surpass the great records of 2019 in the year 2020 as THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse”, marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, who was the motivating spirit behind advent of modern nursing.
“As an association, we reaffirm our avowed mandate of striving to get better deals for nurses and patients in our health system. Come 2020, we shall give more vigour to capacity building for valued-added nursing services through advocacy and drive for change aimed at loosening the restricting rein that prevents nurses from practicing with the full set of the competences with which they were trained.
“Our Scientific Sessions and Career Support Programmes designed to enhance nurses’ critical thinking and clinical judgment skills will be made more penetrating in the oncoming year to universally engender our motto - Nightingalism and Professionalism for qualitative client care.
“In the spirit of the season, we pray that God will continue to grant Nurses the grace to shoulder the enormous responsibilities they bear in client care as we wish nurses the world over, and all individuals and groups that promote the course of nurses and their patients, a merry Christmas and fruitful New Year – the statement concluded.
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