Nursing Now coordinator tasks nurses on repositioning for health challenges
NNN: Mr Josiah Jackson-Okesola, National Coordinator, `Nursing Now’ Nigeria has challenged nurses to be well educated, highly trained and be a dynamic thinker to enable them meet the 21st century health challenges.
Jackson-Okesola said this on Wednesday at the inauguration of `Nursing Now’ and the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, (the Mother of Nursing) in Asaba.
“The ‘Nursing Now’ campaign is an initiative aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide.
He said the move became imperative as it would enable nurses make complex clinical decisions and work to their full potential by developing new ways of sharing good practice.
Jackson-Okesola said it would also create opportunity for them to collect and disseminate evidence of the impact of nursing on access, quality and costs, and ensure it is incorporated in policy and acted upon.
He said all hands must be on deck to empower the nurses because they were one of the major parts of the medical group with potentials to uphold the health sector.
He said it was in view of this that government at all levels placed the sector as part of the cornerstone of human development.
The coordinator said the role of the nurses and midwives in saving lives and uplifting the health of the Nation must be upheld and they must be given all the assistance to enable them to always respond positively to any emerging challenges.
“There is no doubt that, with the momentum, energy and zeal with which Delta State Nursing leaders are driving this campaign, a path that will leave an enduring trail in the path of Delta nursing is about being carved.
“Develop nursing to have a triple impact on health, gender equality and economies, by adapting development policy, programme and funding to simultaneously address Sustainable Development Goals focusing on health, gender equality,” he said.
Mrs Mabel Ugbanaka, Director, Nursing Services, Delta State Ministry of Health, urged nurses to be up and doing in the areas of quality healthcare delivery.
“Nurses should put in their best wherever they find themselves, not minding the challenges they encounter,” she said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that `Nursing Now’ is a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing.
The campaign focuses on ensuring that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making; encouraging greater investment in the nursing workforce.
It also focuses on advocating for more nurses in leadership positions; encouraging research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact, and sharing examples best nursing practice.
Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Isaac Aregbesola
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