Some nurse educators across the country are calling on politicians and parents to stop pushing people into nursing because there are no jobs.
According to them, the long list of protocols of political figures and the pressure from parents to have their children pursue nursing at all costs are bringing up nurses who have no passion for the nursing profession.
Nurse educators say the nursing profession has received negative reviews lately and it’s a change from when people with a real passion for the job were admitted.
Speaking at the International Nurses Day lecture series in Cape Coast to examine what is disrupting the transformation of the nursing profession and how to forge a new image of the profession, the nurse educators hinted that the image The profession could be saved if the people passionate about the nursing profession was admitted to the training schools.
Former Cape Coast Nurses and Midwifery College of Health principal Victoria Brown said: âIn my day it wasn’t like that, but these days what I hear is that principals are really stressed out trying to meet all of these protocols, but the problem is that some of the applicants are not prepared for nursing. They don’t have the call; they don’t have the capacity to be nurses.
She advised parents and politicians not to see nursing as the only way to nudge young people who want jobs, but rather to advise them to pursue careers they are passionate about.
She also shared how career counseling sessions that were held in senior high schools have steered students toward career choices that match their passion.
âWe shouldn’t be forcing them because nursing requires certain skills that come with it. Most of the time, after going through the program, they can’t provide proper nursing care because they don’t like the job; probably their parents forced them to do it, or they just wanted a profession that would allow them to find a job immediately after the training, âshe said.
Dr. Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo of the University’s School of Nursing believes there is a need to change the rhetoric about nursing.
She said the image of nursing needs to change a bit because the stories about nurses weren’t that good.
âAs we celebrate this day – International Nurses Day – we want nurses and midwives to know that they are making a huge contribution to achieving the universal health coverage agenda and it is unfortunate that sometimes the negative narratives are more than the positive things that they do. So we just want nurses to be aware of that, especially when it comes to attitudes, âshe concluded.