The Permanent Secretary, Ogun Hospital Management Board (HMB) Dr. Mrs Olayinka Elemide has charged professional in the field of nursing to always keep accurate information and correct report of their patients, as this could be a tin line between life and death.
The charge came while declaring open a two day training for nurses with the theme ” Cultivating Effective Communication: The power of Report Writing in Nursing Practice” held at Nursing Hall, Federal Medical Center ( FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
She said that the training would equipped them as a caregiver on how effective communication can empowered them to give much desired report on their patients when handing over duty post.
While urging the participants to pay rapt attention to the lecture, Elemide, appreciated the organizers of the training, adding that training and re-training of staff would be the focus of the present administration led by Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The Chairman of the occasion, the Director, Nursing Services, HMB, Comrade. Abiodun Olakanmi in his speech, said it is important for nurses to come together and share ideas, ask questions and critique the speaker in order to deliver and make them understand better what delivering effective communication to clients and patient means in order to guide against unexpected emergencies, adding that a wrong information or report on a patient could either mar or make his life.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Head Zone , Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki, said Nurses must keep updating their knowledge, saying when knowledge is not updated one would be outdated while the Director Planing Research and Statistics, HMB, Dr. Willington Ogunsanya Said nurses need to keep abreast of the modern development and pay more attention as the training would help them a lot in the business of savings lives.
In her keynote Address, the Provosts, Ogun State College of Nursing Abeokuta Dr (Mrs) Sodimu Jeminat said to get the best out of your patient as a nurse effective communication, verbal and non verbal communication is very key , stressing that it is the responsibilities of all nurses to carried out all actions and activities on the patients with regards to his or her health report.
Sodimu, represented by Mrs Sherifat Aminu, said report writing help to facilitate the exchange of critical information between the healthcare professional as well ensure continuity of care giving to their patients adding that nurses must intimate themselves with different types of report writing like incident, transfer, telephone, nursing progress reports and others as report must be able to reflect the background problem of the patients.
She said the person taking over from you, must get the full detailed information on the patients you are reporting on, saying necessary care can be giving to the parents being reported on for continuity in treatment.
Presenting her paper, Nurse Bolanle Akingunola said communication is the basis of life as we work together with other professional, noting that if nurses were better trained on effective communication, patients would not have him or herself discharge with the nurses or doctors report.
Akingunola added that effective communication must be coherent conscious concise concrete and correct, saying that dealing with patients name , date, time , sex. of the patient your report must be accurate and avoid unnecessary abbreviation, but use abbreviation that is generalized and in a sequential manner.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Head of Nursing Services Abeokuta Zone, Nurse Mosuro Oluremi said effective communication with relatives, patients, co- workers, colleagues and others makes nursing report accurate and passes good information to other healthcare giver.
She said as a nurse must always be abreast of information, adding that once you are inform , there’s is an improved in the outcome of your professional output.