Dr Nancy Enocentia Enyan- Edu, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), School of Nursing, has called on female nurses to uphold high ethical values, preserved integrity and dignity to help redeem the image of the profession.

She said the nursing profession, which is largely dominated by females has come under serious criticism for indiscipline and unprofessional behaviour leading to loss of public confidence in it.

However, addressing a “women’s summit” organised by the UCC chapter of the Nursing Students’ Association (NUSA), Dr Edu Enyan called on female nurses to help change the negative public perception about the profession.

The event was held under the theme: “Achieving academic excellence, the role of the 21st century woman” and formed part of the weeklong activities to mark the 10th anniversary celebration of the association on UCC campus.

Dr Enyan- Edu said many people opt for the nursing profession just to secure jobs without taking time to read about nursing only to realise later that it requires more dedication and hardwork with a lot of sympathy for the sick.

She said nursing is a unique profession which requires a high level of commitment, compassion, empathy and a demonstration of utmost care to achieve excellence as a nurse.

“You must never harm patients emotionally by your actions, rather preserve your dignity and that of the patient” she said.

She urged the student nurses to strive for continuous professional development in their chosen field while being guided by the code of ethics, principles and guidelines.

Dr Enyan- Edu urged the student nurses to have vision, set values and develop the right character and attitude towards their work and do away with procrastination.

Oheneyere Gifty Anti, a Veteran Journalist and a motivational Speaker, urged the students to build up confidence and consistently add value to themselves in order for them to achieve excellence in their chosen profession.

She urged them to stay focused, take calculated risks and work towards achieving their goals and aspirations in life.

“Do not lose sight of the insignificant things that will make you stand out. Stop the inferiority complex, encourage, empower and build yourself. Remember, the best form of revenge is to succeed,” she advised.

Dr Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo, another a lecturer at the School of Nursing, UCC urged the student nurses to make excellence and hard work their watchword.



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