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What Nurses Need To Do To Improve the Image of Nursing Profession in Nigeria
Date Posted: 17/Dec/2020
  1. Always dress in your uniform professionally, decently and responsibly.
  2. Be cheerful, friendly and compassionate while attending to patients or their relatives
  3. Do not shout, scold or correct younger colleagues or students in the presence of your patients or their relatives. You can do that privately in your office or at the Nurses station
  4. During general Ward Rounds (WRs), make contributions on patients management. Don't just push trolley.
  5. When your Ward is calm and less busy take your time to give patients Health Education on their conditions.
  6. Do not be pressing or playing with your phone while attending to your patients or their relatives. Don't answer phones when on duty, put phones on vibration because of its distract ability.
  7. Do not hiss or frown at   patients or their relatives when they call your attention to attend to them.
  8. Do not chase patients' relatives out of the Ward during non visit hours. Call the security officers around to their Job.
  9. When your patient tell you "Thank you Doctor" after carrying out a procedure tell the patient there and then  that you are a Nurse not a Doctor. Take time to explain to the patient the difference between a Doctor and a Nurse.
  10. After patient is discharged ensure to give the patient health education on discharge before he/she leaves the hospital.
  11. During Night Shifts do check on your patients sparingly. Night duty is not for you to sleep.
  12. Do your bed making procedure passionately bearing it scientific principles. Don't allow Cleaners, Auxiliaries etc to do your work.
  13. Set IV lines competently and confidently.
  14. Always remember to take informed consent before commencing any procedure on patients.
  15. Take time to always explain the importance of regular taking of Vital Signs. Most patients think is useless and unnecessary.
  16. Never gesticulate, formulate, or copy Vital Signs. Always take fresh ones.
  17. Expose any Quack you see parading himself/herself as a Nurse or Midwife.
  18. Offer First Aid assistance anywhere there is an accident or need for medical attention. Introduce yourself as a Nurse before initiating any First Aid.
  19. Use your Social media platforms especially Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc to educate your followers and contacts on health matters.
  20. Avoid using your social media platforms to tell the world the problems and challenges of Nursing profession. Channel your solutions to appropriate authorities for consideration.
  21. Don't tell patients that no payment, no treatment. Let the account clerks chase after money.
  22. When the meals are of poor quality, invite the catering staff to come explain to the patients what went wrong. Don't accept the blame meant for another department.
  23. When the consultant tells you that he can only see 20 patients out of many waiting to see him. Don't be his mouthpiece, let him come out and tell the patients by himself.
  24. Make your nursing station a place for continuous education space.
  25. As a Nurse or midwife, have a drive to acquire degrees in nursing and it's subspecialties.
  26. Always be up to date with nursing development.

The responsibility of Making visible the image of Nursing profession in Nigeria lies on every Nurse and Midwife. Do your best at your own personal capacity.

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