The Acting Dean for the Family Health School of Nursing and Midwifery, (FHSN&M) Dr. Patience Aniteye, has called for the universal recognition and appreciation of nurses for their contribution to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals and excellent health care delivery amidst a raging global pandemic.

In a speech read on her behalf at this year’s ‘INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY’ celebrations organized for the Nursing Department of the Family Health Hospital (FHH), the Acting Dean said the sacrifices and efforts made by nurses in nation-building cannot be underemphasized. Touching on this year’s theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”, she implored healthcare administrators to heavily invest in the nursing workforce to fully empower them for the industry. She outlined areas such as further education support, refresher courses, Continuous Professional Development, short courses, conducive working environments, and attractive remunerations among others as ways of investing in the workforce, as well as respecting their human rights.

Addressing the nurses, the Medical Coordinator for Family Health Hospital, Dr. Rebecca Acquaah-Arhin, congratulated the nurses for their diligence at work. She reminded them to be mindful of the critical role that they play in healthcare delivery, and also encouraged them to always live up to the confidence reposed in them. She advised them to strictly adhere to patient-care protocols such as proper handing over of patients and charting of patient medication to ensure the right continuity of patient care at the facility.

The Acting Matron for Family Health Hospital, Madam Veronica Amedo celebrated and appreciated the nurses for their unwavering dedication to duty; she encouraged them to practice their profession diligently by putting into practice all protocols needed to ensure patient safety and satisfaction.

Other invited guests to the celebrations included: Mrs. Rita Kaine, Registrar of Family Health University College; Madam Joana Agyare, Administrator (FHH); Dr. Omobolanle Ozoya, Head of Pediatrics, FHH; Ms. Linda Tetteh, Assistant Lecturer (FHSN&M); and some Heads of Department of Family Health Hospital and the School of Nursing, respectively.

This global celebration of the nursing profession is held annually on 12 May – the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and it is led by the International Council of Nurses (ICN).