The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association(GRNMA) has warned the Youth Employment Agency against its commitment to train SHS graduates to assist nurses at the various Community Health Planning and Services(CHPS) compounds.
A statement issued by the leadership of the Association on Monday reiterated that the politicization of nursing and midwifery in Ghana is getting out of hand calling on nurses and midwives not to commit themselves in any way to the so-called training of SHS graduates who’ll not go through the standardized training as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of Ghana.
The YEA had indicated that government will by the end of August 2022, employ about 5000 SHS graduates to CHPS compounds across the country.
The SHS graduates will be employed to assist Nurses with services including recording medical history and symptoms, conducting physical examinations, providing simple bedside care to patients among others.
But the GRNMA insisted the job specification of the SHS graduates expected to be incorporated into the health system including recording of medical history and symptoms, conducting physical examination and providing bedside care requires special skills which can only be provided by trained health personnel – Community Health Nurses(CHNs).
These personnel have gone through what the GRNMA described as a regulated training by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of Ghana in order to provide safe and quality health services to the people of Ghana.
It, however, urged the Ministries of Finance and Health to as a matter of urgency recruit the thousands of nurses and midwives waiting to be employed especially the over 10,000 Nurse Assistants who have already accessed the MOH recruitment portal.
“We call on all nurses and midwives waiting to be posted and those waiting for the MOH recruitment portal to be opened for them to remain calm as we work with your leaders to get the government to do the needful,” the statement urged.