Health Official Nudges Nurses To Acquire Key Skills
By Calvin Brooks
The Nursing Director of the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tapita, Nimba County has challenged Liberian nurses to acquire the needed skills and education in the profession if the sector is to improve.
Dr. Sodey Lake said Liberian nurses should be prepared with education, knowledge, experience and expertise to respond to health crisis in the country.Dr. Lake made the statement recently when the Liberian Nurses Association celebrated International Nurses Day at the Christian Fellowship Center in Sinkor.
She explained that education, knowledge and skill acquisition are “a great necessity in this global cause, making health a human right that should not be for just a few,” but at for at least 90 percent of the estimated 5,000 Liberian nurses qualified to intervene during health crisis or disaster.
Lake stressed that when one nurse errs, it becomes a generalization, noting that it is often said that these modern day nurses are ill-prepared and they have lost the very essence of the profession, but are only seeking the financial and other benefits.
According to her, those involved could probably change this notion by examining the training institutions, authorities administrating the schools, admission procedures and criteria, knowledge and skills imparted.
Dr. Lake noted that students should be prepared to replace current nurses which will require that training institutions be well-equipped with simulators and modern libraries for research purposes, transportation for external or experiential learning for exposure.
Meanwhile, the President of the Liberian Nurses Association (LNA), Madam Gloria Stevens, has said the association is for all nurses in Liberia and they should work along with it.
Stevens stressed that nurses should be united to foster the growth and development of the nursing profession in the country.
She noted that the association needs funding to operate effectively, but funds collected from members are not enough to address matters relating to the association.