Mr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), has advised nurses in the Upper East Region to take advantage of the career progression and upgrade themselves to improve service delivery.
Mr Asante-Krobea, who interacted with a cross sections of nurses in Bolgatanga as part of his visit to the region, said the GRNMA had liaised with stakeholders to upgrade existing post-basic schools from Advance Diploma level to Degree level.
“So now if you are a staff nurse or midwife, you have the opportunity to enter into a two-year programme that will give you a degree at the existing post-basic schools,” he said.
The President said the programmes, which included Public Health Nursing, Peri-operative Nursing, Critical Care, Ophthalmic Nursing, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Nursing, began this year.
He said there was clear cut career path progression for its members and called on Community Health Nurses and Enrolled Nurses to take up the top-up programmes offered at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to enable them to acquire Diploma certificates.
Mr Asante-Krobea said the region’s ongoing hostel project, which would soon be completed and commissioned, was part of 10 hostels the GRNMA was constructing across all the 10 regions of Ghana adding that some were already completed and were in use.
He said plans were underway to upgrade the hostel at the headquarters in Accra to a seven-storey high rise edifice which would be equal to a three-star hotel that would not only provide accommodation for nurses and midwives but also offer clinic services as portions of it would be converted into a clinic.
The GRNMA President said the source of funding for those projects was from the monthly building levies members paid adding; “it is by means of the contribution that you give to the Association as your membership dues that enables us to address these issues.”
He said the Nurses Fund, which was part of members’ contributions, would be used to establish a third tier pension for members as their retirement package.
“On the African Continent, GRNMA has the most distinguished credibility amongst African countries that are on the International Council of Nurses platform, and it is all because of the way we do our things by your enablement,” Mr Asante-Krobea said.
He expressed dissatisfaction about threats of break away from the Association and refuted claims that the GRNMA discriminated against midwives.