The International Nurses’ Day celebrated at the National Level in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences

On 12th May 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery joined the world to celebrate the International Nurses’ Day. This year’s celebration theme nationally is “Nurses: A force for change: care effective, cost effective”.

Opening the ceremony, the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. Donatille MUKAMANA reiterated the progress so far made in the nursing and midwifery education through offering curricula based on preventive, curative and rehabilitative care approach. She said that the approach was taken in order to save more people’s lives exposed to diseases and to treat a patient as a whole. To ensure quality and professionalism among students, the school is currently shifting to equipping nurses with holistic skills to deal with complex issues in the preventive, curative and rehabilitative services for patients’ care.

Dr. Donatille MUKAMANA, Dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery

“Currently, nursing education is shifting from the traditional approach that used to prepare a nurse to become an aide to the doctor. We train nurses to be educators, clinicians, leaders and health promoters. We believe that well trained nurses can influence decision making and offer evidence based solutions to the issues affecting the people’s lives,” Dr. Donatille highlighted.

She concluded her remarks urging nurses to always to strive for touching the feelings of their clients and for nurse educators to inspire their students to love the nursing profession.
Prof. Philip Cotton, the Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences applauded the contribution of nurses in saving the people’s lives. Despite their great job, the Principal expressed his unhappiness about how nurses are taken in healthcare system due the gap between them and medical doctors that can have an impact on the way patients are treated.

“Much as we need well trained and well catered for nurses, we have to always recognize many lives they save and then remove all barriers that can make their working environment not conducive. Patients may die because of the gap between nurses and physicians; they may die due to the poor communication among healthcare practitioners or because of the policy related issues; hence, I call upon all of nurses to ignore some of the barriers affecting their working environment and treat people effectively and professionally,” he stated.

The Principal stressed that the needed professionalism cannot be achieved if nurses are not upholding dignity. “To be professional entails embracing your own dignity and the dignity of the patient through empowerment. I therefore encourage you to strive becoming the nurses the country takes pride in and avoid people questioning the care you offer to them.”

He concluded his remarks calling for safe nursing in the training, practice and the promotion of professional ethics and in ensuring safe staffing of nurses at the healthcare facilities. He further called upon nursing practitioners and educators to always fight against the secondary infections that might be acquired at hospitals. He at last reminded that the health workforce should be an investment that advances the country’s development rather than becoming a burden to the country’s budget. The former shall be achieved through the concerted action of policy makers and health professionals in the promotion of holistic healthcare delivery approach and by coordinated efforts of diseases prevention at the community level.

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