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Challenge to regain nursing 'noble image'

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, May 17, 2012

THE nursing fraternity has been asked to bridge the gaps in their practice to bring back the noble image of nursing in Fiji.

Director of nursing Silina Waqa-Ledua said nurses around the country should look in-house to gauge the gaps.

"Let's consider some serious questions on how we have fared as a service, a profession and a practice," she said over the weekend in the International Nurses Day celebration.

"We can agree that there is scope to make concrete readjustments and reviews to bridge existing and newly constructed gaps that will better the image of nursing."

She encouraged nurses to ask patients on how they regard the nursing practice.

"Customers are lamenting on how appalling our service has become. Some of what has been referred to as complaints at various levels will in some possible way make the founder of modern day nursing Florence Nightingale toss in her grave.

"Let us be women and men enough and join in the effort to bring on the much needed changes and be agents and catalyst for change."

Mrs Waqa-Ledua said nursing was all about care and illnesses of patients could be minimised if nurses put in better explanations in their treatments.

The nursing fraternity ends its International Nurses Day celebrations with a church service at Nokonoko church on Sunday.