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There’s urgent need to upgrade nursing training colleges to degree-awarding institutions – Dr. Nachinab Ti-enkawol

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Dr. Gilbert Nachinab Ti-enkawol, Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing at the University for Development Studies, has urged the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to upgrade Nursing Training Colleges to degree-awarding institutions. He emphasized that this investment is vital for producing more satisfied nurses who can effectively address the nation’s healthcare needs.

“We have to work towards upgrading our Nursing Training Colleges to degree-awarding institutions,” Dr. Nachinab Ti-enkawol stated. “We took the lead and started training at the diploma level, but it is taking too long to start offering degrees. We can’t continue to wait and let almost all tutors who obtain research degrees seek new challenges and jobs.”

Speaking at the Regional launch of the 2024 Nurses and Midwives’ Week celebration in Pusu-Namoo, Talensi District, Dr. Nachinab Ti-enkawol also called for a review of study leave policies in the health profession. He criticized the current policies for not meeting the professional development needs of today’s nurses and midwives.

“The review should place more emphasis on flexible modes of education, such as weekend, sandwich, and evening studies,” he said. “These cost-effective options would allow employees to continue providing services while pursuing further studies.”

Dr. Nachinab Ti-enkawol highlighted that improving educational opportunities would prevent resentment and demotivation among staff, ultimately enhancing performance and service delivery.

Key speakers at the event included Dr. Samuel K. Boakye-Boateng, Upper East Regional Director of Health Services; Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, Upper East Regional Minister; and Thomas Duanab, Talensi District Chief Executive. Other professionals and agency representatives were also present.

Dr. Samuel K. Boakye-Boateng encouraged nurses and midwives to adhere to their code of ethics in the workplace.

The celebration’s theme was “Our Nurses and Midwives, Our Future: The Economic Power of Care.”

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|

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