Nurses Are Central To the Delivery of Health Care- Chidimma Nnamani
You are welcome! Every 12th of May, International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC, DStJ was a British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers (Wikipedia)
To celebrate with Nurses around the world, CIB reached out to Chidimma Evelyn Nnamani (CEN) to be featured. She is a Registered Nurse of Nigeria and also a Registered Orthopedic Nurse.
It may interest you to know that this year’s celebration is unique as it marks the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth and it is the first ever World Health Organization designated Year of the Nurse/Midwife.
CIB: Kindly tell us more about this year’s International Nurses Day Theme
CEN: The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead- Nursing the World to Health“. Nurses are central to the delivery of health care, they work tirelessly to provide optimal care and attention needed by patients anytime and anywhere they need it. Nurses are making invaluable contribution to the health system globally, they are the first contacts in any health facility and sacrifice a lot to take care of the sick. Nurses are known to be present in the lives of people because of their unique role of working with them from birth to death.
CIB: How has it been for Nurses since the pandemic set in?
CEN: Nurses have been at the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. This comes with great sacrifices. Some have lost their lives to this deadly virus, some are in critical conditions, depending solely on ventilators but against all odds, those of us who are still fit won’t stop until we win this fight.
CIB: Howard Catton of the International Council of Nurses thinks COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of health systems across the world. As a Nigerian Nurse, how fragile is the health system?
CEN: The Nigeria health care system is highly fragile. Most hospitals are under-equipped. With respect to the ongoing pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment are not sufficient. Ventilators are still in low supply. Health workers are not well paid. It is high time policy makers looked into funding the health sector because no matter how much resources the country may boast of, if her citizens are not healthy, it tends only to great loss.
CIB: If you had 5 minutes to lobby the Honorable Minister of Health in Nigeria on the need to invest in Nursing and the health system, what points would you raise?
CEN: My points include:
- The health sector needs to be revived
- Hospitals should be equipped with materials that will enhance optimal delivery of care to patients
- Workforce should be reinforced by employing more staff as the hospitals are short-staffed
- Remuneration of Nurses must be prioritized
- Appropriate disbursement and monitory of funds in the health care system
- Invest in Nursing
CIB: Was there a particular experience that made you decide to be a Nurse
CEN: I was motivated by my mother who was a nurse. I chose this lovely profession when I was a child. I enjoyed and saw love and passion in the way she took care of the sick. This made me decide to go into this profession in order to help the sick and put smiles on their faces as they recover.
CIB: Advice to everyone as we pull through the pandemic
CEN: My advice would be:
- Stay safe
- Stay home if you can
- Wear the standard face masks
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- Use alcohol based sanitizers
- Keep to guidelines by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
CIB joins in wishing our Nurses all the world the best of their celebration and hope that their sacrifices will not be in vain.
Till the next post, do not forget to be kind to yourself.