Nurses pledge professionalism at hospitals in Otjozondjupa

30 Aug 2017 19:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 30 AUG (NAMPA) - Nurses from different State hospitals in the Otjozondjupa Region on Wednesday gathered at Otjiwarongo to pledge execution of genuine professionalism at their work places.
The nearly 200 enrolled, registered and student nurses and other health practitioners were also in attendance to witness the first ever official launch of the 2017/2018 Nursing Excellence Award that took place at the event at Otjiwarongo.
The nursing award is open to all nurses in different categories.
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna launched the first ever Nursing Excellence Award aimed at motivating nurses across the country to regain trust and respect from their patients.
Kavetuna who is a nurse by profession said the health profession has lost value.
“The profession we are celebrating this morning is truly a noble one and structured for the dedicated, passionate and empathic people who live up to the call,” she said.
The deputy minister then asked the nurses from Grootfontein, Okakarara and Otjiwarongo district hospitals among others to take oath and pledge to only offer professional health services at their respective practices.
Dean of the School of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Namibia, Professor Lischen Haoses-Gorases facilitated the taking of oath process at the event.
Standing on their feet, with their right hand raised, the nurses swore by declaring to promote and safeguard the total wellbeing of patients and community members at large.
“My practice will be founded on respect of my clients’ humanity, dignity and individuality,” they said in unison.
The nurses and other health workers present vowed to accept it as their duties to protect the interest of their clients and maintain professional secrecy.
However, community members and student nurses in attendance told this news agency shortly after the event that the health profession in Namibia is about to completely lose value due to various human factors.
A student nurse at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, Nicolas Kruger attributed the alleged loss of respect to the nursing profession to nurses who allegedly indulge in alcohol abuse.
Another student nurse, Cathleen Useb based at Otjiwarongo State Hospital, said today’s nurses would have to work hard to reclaim the respect old nurses had attained.
“If we start to show genuine love, respect and care to our patients, then we will have our respect back,” she said.
The Nursing Excellence Award is being organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Services together with the West Coast Group of Companies.
Nurses who portray good general conduct and ethics of the profession at their work places will receive undisclosed amounts of money as rewards and a local or foreign exchange health training programme.
Names of the winners will be announced on 11 May 2018 in different categories.
Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Dr Andreas Mwoombola also attended the event.