Nurses Can Establish Maternity Homes – HMB Director

By on April 19, 2018
Mrs Patience Odutayo, the Director of Nursing Service, Ogun State Hospital Management Board, has said that Nurses were free to establish clinics and maternity homes if necessary requirements were met.
Odutayo said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after a leadership workshop for Ogun State Government Nurses held at Nurse House, Abeokuta on Wednesday.
The programme is themed : “Role of the Nurse Leaders :” Upholding Nursing Integrity ” and NURSES’ WELFARE.
She explained that a Nurse who wanted to establish and operate a clinic and maternity homes must be educated, gotten license from appropriate authority and follow laid down rules and regulations.
The Director noted that Ogun State government frowned at people practicing illegally, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.
“In Ogun State we don’t give room for people  practicing illegally, once you are caught, you face the wrath of the law, ” she said.
Speaking on the theme of the programme, she explained that the event was coming at the right time, saying that for every association to move forward, the leaders must be up to standard.
She added that the nursing leaders must keep the ethics of the profession and also keep the work environment safe for members of staff to perform better.
Mrs Ronke Arowosegbe , the Chairperson , State  Government Nurses Forum (SGNF) noted that the role of Nursing leaders upholding Nursing integrity and Nurses welfare could not be over emphasised.
She explained that the profession was faced with challenges especially in the area of welfare and shortage of manpower which had affected the nurses physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
“All these have effect on our family responsibilities, not able to do what is expected of you as a mother and wife. It has effect on our social life and professional
She stated that the Nurse /patients ratio should be one nurse to four patients, saying that what applied in most hospitals was more than 10 patients to one nurse.
The chairperson implored the State Hospital Management Board to ensure that more nurses were employed
Mrs Roseline Solarin, the State Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwifery (NANNM), said that the leadership workshop is a way of encouraging and developing the nursing leaders leaders and giving them more information on what they needed to know.

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