GRNMA attributes nurse exodus to poor conditions. The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has expressed concern over the mass exodus of nurses and midwives from Ghana due to inadequate salaries and poor working conditions. These healthcare professionals play diverse roles in the health system, including clinical practice, education, research, public health, rehabilitation, administration, and management. However, the allure of better opportunities in high-income countries has driven many to seek greener pastures abroad. The GRNMA urges immediate action to address these challenges and calls for an end to auxiliary nursing programs in the country, emphasizing the importance of highly skilled nurses and midwives in ensuring patient safety and quality care.
Challenges Faced by Nurses and Midwives in Ghana
Ghanaian nurses and midwives have been essential contributors to the country’s health system, playing vital roles in various aspects of healthcare delivery. However, their commitment to service is marred by the low remuneration and subpar working conditions they endure. Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, President of the GRNMA, highlights the negative impact of these challenges, as many healthcare professionals continue to emigrate to countries with higher earning potentials.
Addressing the Nursing Shortage
During the commissioning ceremony of the state-of-the-art GRNMA secretariat and guest house in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo called for urgent action to address the shortage of nurses and midwives in the country. She urges the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to employ the 2020 batch of nurses and midwives who are currently unemployed. By bolstering the training of professional nurses at the diploma and degree levels, Ghana can better prepare for the impending shortage of skilled healthcare providers.
The Need to Discontinue Auxiliary Nursing Programs
To ensure the highest level of patient safety and quality care, the GRNMA emphasizes the importance of highly skilled nurses and midwives. Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo advocates for the termination of auxiliary nursing programs in Ghana. The empirical evidence suggests that patients receive the best care when attended by experienced and well-trained professionals. By focusing on diploma and degree-level nursing education, the country can improve the overall standard of healthcare.
Promoting Professionalism and Quality Care
Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo calls upon all members of the Association to uphold professionalism in every aspect of patient care. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining established standards and best practices in all medical procedures. By doing so, nurses and midwives can ensure that every patient receives safe and quality care.
Tongraan Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang’s Appeal to Nurses and Midwives
Tongraan Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang, the Paramount Chief of the Talensi Traditional Area and a member of the Council of State for the Upper East Region, acknowledges nursing as a noble calling. He urges those genuinely passionate about the profession to pursue it for the right reasons, rather than solely seeking employment. Tongraan emphasizes the significance of nurses and midwives’ sacrifices in saving lives and pleads with them to exercise restraint during strike actions, as patient lives may be at stake.
Encouraging Nurses and Midwives to Stay in Ghana
Amidst the wave of emigration, Tongraan appeals to nurses and midwives contemplating leaving the country to reconsider and remain to serve their homeland. He acknowledges their desire for better salaries and working conditions but emphasizes the need for them to balance their aspirations with the responsibility of saving lives and contributing to Ghana’s healthcare system.
The Role of GRNMA in Supporting Nurses and Midwives
Mr. Thomas Lambon, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the GRNMA, expresses gratitude to the national leadership of the Association for their efforts in facilitating the construction of the state-of-the-art secretariat and guest house. He emphasizes the importance of unity among members to address the challenges faced by nurses and midwives effectively.
GRNMA attributes nurse exodus to poor conditions
The mass exodus of nurses and midwives from Ghana, driven by low salaries and poor working conditions, poses significant challenges to the country’s healthcare system. The GRNMA calls for immediate action to address these issues, including the urgent employment of qualified nurses and midwives. Additionally, the Association advocates for the discontinuation of auxiliary nursing programs in favor of training highly skilled professionals at the diploma and degree levels. By prioritizing patient safety and quality care, Ghana can retain its healthcare professionals and ensure a robust and sustainable health system for its citizens.