The immediate past Western Regional Chief Nursing Officer, Beatrice Mochiah, has called on young nurses to strive to uphold the values of the profession by conducting themselves professionally at their various stations.
Ms. Mochiah, who was addressing members of the Nurses’ Christian Fellowship (NCF) during their 2018 Annual national Conference in Sekondi, advised health workers to limit the time they spend using mobile phones while on duty to enable them concentrate on their work.
She called on Christian nurses to acknowledge the purpose of the profession and consider nursing as a ‘calling’ to fulfill a divine assignment on earth in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible.
She said Christians must be guided by their faith to uphold stipulated standards as well as moral principles within the profession.
“When you know you have to do proper processing of an instrument, you don’t follow another nurse who will just wash it in chlorine solution and use it on another patient.”
“If something is free, let it be free — do not take advantage of a lack of supervision to collude with other health workers to dupe patients.”
Speaking on the theme, “Fulfilling God’s Assignment through Service, the Christian Nurse/Midwife’s Response,” Dr. Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo of the University of Cape Coast School of Nursing and Midwifery, charged participants to endeavour to change the negative public perceptions about nurses by demonstrating their love for God through quality care-giving.
The National President of NCF, Dr. Mrs. Joana Agyeman-Yeboah, said the fellowship, through its various programmes, seeks to create a merger between Christian beliefs and professional nursing as well as the grooming of its young members for leadership positions.
Stressing further on the theme for the conference, Dr. Joana Agyeman-Yeboah said “We believe that the nursing and midwifery profession is a divine call, and as we diligently perform our called duties, we are also helping in the healing ministry of Christ. We have been called to be workmen created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared before hand (Ephesians 2:10). As Christian nurses and midwives, we are expected by all to be good examples of practical christianity in our daily work” she noted.
Founded in 1966, the Nurses’ Christian Fellowship which is an international group currently has 46 local groups in Ghana with over 4,000 members, comprising students, staff nurses and midwives across 6 zones in Ghana.
By: Lord Kweku Sekyi/Freelancer