|Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New|
Stats: 2,756,297 members, 6,549,401 topics. Date: Thursday, 21 October 2021 at 01:47 PM
|Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Ochek: 12:40am On Jul 12, 2014|
NMA STRIKE, THE NURSES' PERSPECTIVE. Let the comments pour...
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Historically, the first documented envy-ridden feud between Nurses and Doctors was during the Crimean War (1853-1856), when Florence Nightingale was commissioned to go to Scutari barracks in order to join military doctor...s to combat the high mortality rate in the military hospitals. The doctors, feeling threatened, resisted the help of Nightingale and her Nurses until they became overwhelmed with casualties and succumbed to reality.
This pattern of doctors being threatened by the educated and empowered Nurse has continued to plague the working relationship in the healthcare system till today. I am therefore not surprised as the current situation is not peculiar to Nigeria.
The war between Nurse Practitioners and Doctors is still on even in the country with the supposedly most advanced nursing practice in the world, USA. However, it is being done using tact, legislative lobbying and empirical evidence. In Nigeria, professional civility and self respect has been thrown to the winds as some Nigerian doctors handle this situation in an appalling manner, using a combination of verbal brawl, comical assertions and frustrated rants. This betrays their characteristic ego-servicing claims of being the most knowledgeable member of the healthcare team.
I have been silent about the ongoing row between Doctors and other health professionals since its beginning. While my colleagues and friends from other health professions have continued to spit fire and brimstone deriding the doctors, my social media walls have been squeaky clean, devoid of such tirades. This is not because of lack of professional patriotism or inability to lay the bricks of words to construct a towering harangue about the issue. But, due to many reasons – personal, interpersonal and professional, I have kept my cool and refused to give in to cheap ineffective social media rants. However, when someone like the author of this article publicly displays crass ignorance of the nursing profession through a charisma-laden, highly bombastic but grossly information-deficient and intellectually-flawed article like this; I feel
forced to talk, better still, write.
READ: Ayokunle Ayk Fowosire: NMA Strike: Consultant, My Foot!
The incessant strikes in the health sector have rendered the system moribund over the years. The ongoing feud has further grounded the ailing system. This article is not meant to expatiate and justify the (absolutely justifiable!) position of nurses and other health professionals (that is reserved for another day), but to answer Mr Fowosire’s beautifully-written article, an A-rated effort in sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. As much as I am highly disconcerted and extremely irritated reading Mr Fowosire’s article, I will try not to walk the dishonourable path of name calling. Therefore, in order to answer his pathetic rants, I do not intend to join issues with him or stoop low to trade banters, but this article will address the misrepresentation of facts presented by the previous writer.
On this background I can begin to address Mr Fowosire’s points. Firstly, the author’s effrontery to undermine the knowledge base of graduate nurses in basic medical science courses is a display of nescience. I still remembered that when I was in second year in the university, we attended the same lectures and wrote same exams for Reproductive and Digestive physiology and Neuroanatomy courses with third year physiology and Biochemistry students. Are doctors not being taught physiology and Biochemistry by graduate physiologists and Biochemists? Maybe a graduate nurse can now boast that s/he was taught in the same class with your teacher. Also in our third year, we were taught pathology with the same note used for part four Medical student. My transcript still says I scored 77% on the same Histo and chemical pathology MCQ given to part four Medical students. How did I know this? We used part four medical students’ past MCQ questions to prepare for
I will not forget to let you know that as a part 4 undergrad, I led Nursing department team to victory over senior part 6 medical students’ team in an interdepartmental debate on bothering national and international health issues; not to talk of the fact that we attended the same lectures with medical student colleagues during first year in the university and some of us clearly surpassed most of them in first year academic performance. And this is not as a result of ‘la cram la pour’ as you said, because the consistency I, specifically and many of my colleagues have shown in academic and intellectual performance over the years could not have come by that. In addition, this ironing of facts should not be misconstrued for vain ego aggrandisement but to let Mr Fowosire, many other doctors like him and the general public know that many
Nurses (especially degree holders) did not do nursing because they are academically-impaired but because of their love for the profession and some because of the socio-political environment of securing admissions into University in Nigeria.
The question of who should lead the healthcare team has also been a long-standing one. While many developed countries have undergone the health management structure-shift from vertically structured systems to a matrix structure, Mr Fowosire and many Nigerian doctors like him still live in the dark ages clamouring for ‘oga- omo ise’ relationship within the healthcare team. They want the Medical doctor to be even the director of Hospital security. This is inane absurdity. The National Health Service UK has been named as the best performing national health system in the world many times. The NHS and Hospitals in the UK are being managed by managers who are recruited through the NHS management trainee scheme. These trainees come from myriads of field, from geography to history, what matters in their recruitment is intelligence and ability to provide creative solutions to health system problems. These are recruited into the management cadre and grow through the ranks mastering the dynamics of the health system until reaching the highest managerial post of the hospitals and NHS trusts. Space will fail me to talk about the US, Canada, Sweden and so on. However, a six hours flight down south to Nigeria, we have the best medical professors and consultants
wasting human resource by sitting down romanticising administration as CMDs, instead of taking care of the patients they claim to own. A predilection fuelled by the position-consciousness, power-hungry-proclivity, greed and corruption eating the fabrics of our society.
It is on ‘debatable‘ record that the best ever Minister for Health in Nigeria in performance was an economist not a Medical Doctor, Prof Eyitayo Lambo. The reason for that is not surprising, it is just common sense. A simple google-oracle consultation will show all his achievements as the longest serving Minister for Health in Nigeria. I will like to highlight that majority of my colleagues in graduating class 2012, Master in Health Planning and Management, University of Maiduguri, were seasoned consultants in different medical and surgical speciality from all over Northern Nigeria. However, I finished in top three out of the over forty six members of the class. Therefore, if the CMD position is filled based on performance and best management knowledge, skill and expertise, why should I not be lined up for consideration for such alongside my classmate medical consultants? Nevertheless, going by the meaning of CMD (Chief Medical Director), the inherent nominalistic connotation in this position is the reason why the doctors have made the position their exclusive preserve; a domain they plan to extend to commissioner for health and Minister for health positions too. As a responsible professional, in my personal opinion (which many of my colleagues may differ with) it will be clearly unreasonable to make a nurse the chief medical director. Notwithstanding, my proposition has always been, ‘why do we need a CMD if we have a CMAC?’ Therefore, I think the name CMD should be ditched and changed to favour international best practices. I think something like Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer as used in developed world should be adopted. This de-clutters the name and removes any exclusive preserve that medical doctors may lay hold on.
In trying to disparage and clarify Mr Fowosire’s embellished bombastic views of the superiority of the doctor over other health professionals, I mentioned my previous consultant classmates who I respect for their professional achievements in their field. I do not in any way use this to mean that I know what the consultants know about medicine, but I bet the consultants do not know what I know about nursing too. You do not compare grapes to mango. There is no basis for such. They are two different fruits. However, in your five-a-day dietary plan, you need to have both; one cannot replace another.
On this premise, if the dictionary meaning of the term consultant, which has been selfishly usurped by doctors, is ‘a specialist’; then, why should a nurse, pharmacist or Laboratory Scientist not be called a consultant in their field if they have gathered enough knowledge, skill and pompetency to attain such specialised level. An expert who gives advice on business even if he has never managed one single start-up is called a business consultant. This is the case in many other professions and vocations. Why will doctors refuse to face their own effectiveness in their profession? Why are they trying so hard to bar other professions from progressing?
The ludicrous height of Mr Fowosire’s display of crassude was the un- informed assertion that there are no male midwives in Nigeria. There is
nothing like tradition in an Evidence-driven age and there is nothing like Midwifery being the exclusive domains of female nurses. I am a male midwife registered and licensed to practice by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Male midwives have been produced and registered in Nigeriita since 2007 and I was one of the early set of male midwives to be registered in the country in 2009. I am proud to be who I am and I am striving to be the best at what I do. I only wonder where Mr Fowosire is undergoing his medical education if he is boldly casting such un-informed aspersion about Nigerian Nursing in 2014. Your stereotyped labelling of all male nurses as wanting to become a doctor can be forgiven as another symptom of your ‘hypo-exposure-induced myopia’.
Furthermore, Mr Fowosire tried to lark about, tinkering with words. He used a comparison of ‘doctored’ and ‘nursed’ as a contextual basis to make an assertion that we live in a society clouded by vanity. What a comedy? What a good understanding of English language? Nevertheless, I will ask, ‘why do we nurse children and not doctor them?’ ‘Why do we nurse ambitions…?’ ‘Why do we nurse wounds and pain…?’ I guess ‘nurse’ is not a bad verb after all; but why does the verb- ‘doctor’ sound like someone falsified claims, adulterated the original and committed fraud. This is exactly what the doctors in Nigeria are currently doing raising unfounded propaganda and spreading intentional half-truths and falsified claims about the essence of the ambitions of the other health professionals, an archetype of fraud.
Mr Fowosire, your fear and concern for the society and posterity in this issue is highly unnecessary and totally misplaced. Empirical evidence has it that Nurse-Led Units are making the difference in patient’s life in the developed world. In the UK, a Nurse led unit, Barking Community Hospital (Yes a nurse- led hospital) close by my apartment has MRI machine. How many Professor of Medicine-Led teaching hospitals in Nigeria have that? That is what you should be concerned about, the fact that our hospitals are ill-equipped for 21st century medical practice. What you should be getting concerned about is the fact that Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) are consulting at Paediatric Out-patient departments in State Owned supposed Specialist Hospitals in Nigeria. The fact that after government spend lots of money to train a doctor (common in Northern Nigeria) till he becomes a consultant in a rare speciality then he goes to sit in the office as a CMD while all the money
spent and specialist knowledge gained wastes. What you should be concerned about is the jungle medicine still being practiced in Nigerian teaching hospitals and many other cases of malpractice and negligence (documented by Olatunji Ololade in the Nation of 5th April, 2008), where doctors spent one month diagnosing a brain tumour as a sinusitis problem. And, most of all you should be very concerned about the fact that, after spending nine years for a six years course, you still have your part six MBBS exams to write. Until you become a fully certified medical doctor, your contributions in this debate are rather unwelcomed.
- Oladayo Afolabi is a trained Nurse-Midwife Researcher, Health Management
Consultant and Idea Driver for MACHE initiative Nigeria. He is currently
studying M.Sc. at London Metropolitan University on Dr. Muritala Muhammed
Postgraduate Scholarship. Twitter handle @deeone6603
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Onlinebizexpert(m): 1:37am On Jul 12, 2014|
all I see from this article is a pained NURSE who probably is trying to show us that he has better prowess in vocabulary than SENATOR PATRICK OBAHIAGBON
you are trying to address an issue by writing an article to both medics and non medics and all you do is to use medical jargons in all your statement so that readers of your article would see that you are equal or even better than a doctor.
since you claim that you got better grades than the student doctors in your time...why don't you just dress up and walk to the nearest hospital and start attending to patients since DOCTOR ARE DISPENSABLE and probably you have gone to more conferences than them
I am not against your views but I can see that your anger is not directed to the issue at hand but to some personal ego based grudges you have against doctors if not you would not have written the trash i just quoted
Ochek: Furthermore, Mr Fowosire tried to lark about, tinkering with words. He used a comparison of ‘doctored’ and ‘nursed’ as a contextual basis to make an assertion that we live in a society clouded by vanity. What a comedy? What a good understanding of English language? Nevertheless, I will ask, ‘why do we nurse children and not doctor them?’ ‘Why do we nurse ambitions…?’ ‘Why do we nurse wounds and pain…?’ I guess ‘nurse’ is not a bad verb after all; but why does the verb- ‘doctor’ sound like someone falsified claims, adulterated the original and committed fraud. This is exactly what the doctors in Nigeria are currently doing raising unfounded propaganda and spreading intentional half-truths and falsified claims about the essence of the ambitions of the other health professionals, an archetype of fraud.
non medics dont understand that most nurses are simply angry that a newly graduated doctor can just ORDER them around even though they might have stayed in the hospital before the young man/ woman entered medical school
to be sincere in this war of power neither the DOCTORS' view nor the NURSES VIEW matters , what matters is the PATIENTS WELLBEING
i have gone to some hospitals where they claim that NURSES are now attending to patients, i stepped in without even being on doctors regalia all the patients ran away from the nurses so that they can get better care from a doctor
it is not about grammer or the amount of medical jargons you can speak, no matter your intelligence, your degree, qualification, money, where you read a NURSE CAN NEVER EVER USURP THE ROLE OF A DOCTOR WHO KNOWS HIS JOB WELL
so mr professor in nursing and midwivery, when you have developed extra balls enter the hospitals and take over the role of a doctor just for one day I believe you will understand that you would just be a QUALIFIED SERIAL KILLER
thanks and God bless you
GOD BLESS NIGERIA
GOD HELP THE PATIENTS
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by davno: 3:24am On Jul 12, 2014|
Enjoyed reading this! So can d strike be called off now
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Nobody: 5:42am On Jul 12, 2014|
Now, someone's talking sense........Finally! Phew....
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Smartsyn(m): 6:03am On Jul 12, 2014|
How about the patients perspective,
the patients are dying, please help them live
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by ignis: 6:04am On Jul 12, 2014|
Are medical practitioners supposed to even embark on strike?
I thought the major driving force to the profession is passion to save lives.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by hydeka: 6:05am On Jul 12, 2014|
Awesome! I have said this before and I will say it again. Doctors have made themselves dictators in the healthcare system who think they can hold everybody to ransome because of their selfish demands which they want us to believe is in everyone's best interest. In the hospital they act as the lords even in cases outside their jurisdiction. They want to head every department in the hospital because they claim to know everything about patients, drugs, physiotherapy, nursing care and they go about dictating to everyone. They believe their opinion should be final. And now that the other members of the healthcare team are standing up to put an end to this anomaly, they resort to blackmailing the government and the people. That is professional tyranny at it's peak. All health practitioners are stakeholders in patient care so there is no reason why a particular group should resort to an autocratic approach in the administration of such a team. If they are all needed to ensure proper healthcare delivery, then they all should have equal say in matters affecting the team.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by kbshow100(m): 6:08am On Jul 12, 2014|
Not ready to read to read that stuff (too long). I need summary
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by drcakes: 6:12am On Jul 12, 2014|
Naija Nurses Forum
Igbojionu Ijeoma Joy >
Pls what is d best treatment to a 14wks primip who complains of having lower uterine contraction
Now that the doctors are on strike what will you do? Are you going to their houses and call them that a patient is having pre-term contractions. Say something reasonable.
This is the opportunity Nurses
have to prove their worth in the hospital.
Thanks for all your
contributions. What of Ergometrin or dexamethasone. These drugs helps to reduce spasms.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by justi4jesu(f): 6:13am On Jul 12, 2014|
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by eaglechild: 6:14am On Jul 12, 2014|
What is the point of the article?
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Yoney007(f): 6:15am On Jul 12, 2014|
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Nobody: 6:19am On Jul 12, 2014|
People are dying you here writing epistles
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by azimibraun: 6:22am On Jul 12, 2014|
This is just not the "Bomb" but also the " Explosion" this guy is brilliant and knows what he is saying. Danm!!! Guy I have a Master Degree and I say you sure are a brilliant individual. Waiting for a Doctor to respond to this word to word. I don't need insults or " he doesn't know what he is talking about o" just respond to what this brilliant human hd said.
Little wonder NAS the Rapper said Knowledge is king. Guy na King U be.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by plainmirror(m): 6:26am On Jul 12, 2014|
OP you obviously said nothing except ranting and display of grammatic vibes.
Next time use simple and conventional english.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by Chidonc(m): 6:27am On Jul 12, 2014|
ignis: Are medical practitioners supposed to even embark on strike?i wonda oh
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by azimibraun: 6:27am On Jul 12, 2014|
^^ the point of the article is called" setting the records straight" the guy had said it all. The nitty gritty hs been explained to even the dumbest guy around. He even went on to profer solutions to what should be and not what is. Gave examples of international best practices obtainable elswhere and even killed it by telling he doesn't expect some of his kind to agree with him in totality. What else jare? This is how I want educated ppl to write and talk in my country. I am impressed.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by priscaoge(f): 6:29am On Jul 12, 2014|
They should call off this strike abeg!
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by elohorayodele: 6:30am On Jul 12, 2014|
My friend has had pain on his left shoulder for 2weeks, Reddington diagnosed HBP, Cedarcrest said its a muscle tear, both gave him several injections, drugs n lotions to use in massaging it but the pain only grew worse. He found an indian doctor by chance who diagnosed acute Ca deficiency , gave him some drugs. Indian dr was so furious the last Nigerian doctor injected him at the back muscles that he insisted he calls him to ask why! The Naija dr could not defend himself when confronted. My friend after some hours used that arm to lift stuff for the first time in two weeks. Beware of Naija doctors and misdiagnosis.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by slyzy(m): 6:32am On Jul 12, 2014|
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by azimibraun: 6:33am On Jul 12, 2014|
The only disagreement I have with this write is the fact tha, he doesn't understand why the Doctors want to be incharge. If doctors don't manage the hospitals as chief Medical directors(cmd) how does he want them to raise money for the political ambitions and plans of owning big churches? The Doctor needs to have a budget and award contracts to make money and become a Senator, Governor, House member and General Overseer. Check the Nigerian senate and various churches and private hospitals and u wll understand what am talking about.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by aaidel(m): 6:36am On Jul 12, 2014|
all these people are not being sincere, i have experienced several family members being hospitalized and have seen the ugly side of all these so called professionals is it the nurses that will not empty urine bags, or that will sit for hours waiting for a dr to come put in an iv line, or is it the dr's that are so arrogant that they don't take the time to explain anything concisely or even berate you for not having money for some expensive therapies. As long as all of the health workers don't realize that they are in a customer service industry and act accordingly the nigerian medical system is in and will remain in trouble.
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by fitzmayowa: 6:36am On Jul 12, 2014|
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by heykims(m): 6:38am On Jul 12, 2014|
With all due respect,a medical doctor's line of duty can never be threatened by a nurse, what do nurses know?
A nurse is only there to carry out d plans documented by d doctor, their job is just to execute d doctors' order, so i don't see any threat to d line of profession of a magistrate who sentences by d prison officials who carries out d order.
As such, d little clinical experience re only derived when carrying out d docs' plan of management, so they then get to learn different lines of management of various health conditions from d docs' documentation, they av no formal training.
Nursing students ain't taught ow to examine patients nd neither do they acquire skills of diagnosing in school (who will even teach them when even d qualified nurses don't know it coz it isn't required to discharge their duties), so i then begin to wonder if it is even appropriate for nurses to establish coz they don't av d formal training to manage patients..
In fact it is funny nd i see it abnormal also coz once a nurse graduates from school wt a degree (Bnsc or so), she doesnt require any further education to get promotion to d highest nursing rank, she/he just sits carrying out docs' plan nd promotion keeps coming wt years spent. This is absurd..
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by aaidel(m): 6:38am On Jul 12, 2014|
a simple solution to all this is that we force all health workers to obtain the same degree MBBS let all of them be dr's so there will be no more conflict
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by slyzy(m): 6:39am On Jul 12, 2014|
elohorayodele: My friend has had pain on his left shoulder for 2weeks, Reddington diagnosed HBP, Cedarcrest said its a muscle tear, both gave him several injections, drugs n lotions to use in massaging it but the pain only grew worse. He found an indian doctor by chance who diagnosed acute Ca deficiency , gave him some drugs. Indian dr was so furious the last Nigerian doctor injected him at the back muscles that he insisted he calls him to ask why! The Naija dr could not defend himself when confronted. My friend after some hours used that arm to lift stuff for the first time in two weeks. Beware of Naija doctors and misdiagnosis.Our politicians know this fact dat is why they always travel abroad for even ordinary headache
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by MrRhymes101(m): 6:40am On Jul 12, 2014|
its 2 lengthy jor
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by azimibraun: 6:41am On Jul 12, 2014|
Naija Doctors Big cars, Big houses, Big churches, Kids school abroad, GOs with super churches, Big political ambition, irritated by the poor Nigerian Patient, Consults for BigMen, goes Clubbin a lot and have more girlfriends than an entertainer. Doctors in Naija grooves lk a crazy. I hear Delta state governor is a doctor, peter Odili, ahmodu Ali, Ngige, who else? Name them. So all the knowledge of Medicine gone be dat. Na wa o!
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by waterhouse071(m): 6:41am On Jul 12, 2014|
The lasting solution to the incessant tussle between doctors and other health workers will be the privatisation of the health sector in nigeria and financial empowerment of nigerians by NHIS, so that citizens are going to be capable of paying their health bills in the private hospitals. When this happens, the hospital owners( for example Dangote or Wale Adenuga not the government owning the teaching hospitals and tertiary medical centers) will know what to do so as to efficiently run the organisation. Then all hospital activities will be patient oriented. So, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon or endocrinologist will not have to fight the laboratory technichians, nurses or cleaners for anything because all health practitioners will know their respective importance in hospital which will adequately be compensated accordingly. Those that sacrifice their life to spend 6+X year as medical students and several years as resident doctors to become consultants will not have to go on strike because nurses feel doctors' salaries are too much. Then doctors will be happy to render their services and save lives. The hospital owners will also realise that the role of nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians who call themselves by various titles such as matrons, CNO are different from doctors, and that various fields have their limitations. GOD bless Nigeria
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by heykims(m): 6:41am On Jul 12, 2014|
azimibraun: The only disagreement I have with this write is the fact tha, he doesn't understand why the Doctors want to be incharge. If doctors don't manage the hospitals as chief Medical directors(cmd) how does he want them to raise money for the political ambitions and plans of owning big churches? The Doctor needs to have a budget and award contracts to make money and become a Senator, Governor, House member and General Overseer. Check the Nigerian senate and various churches and private hospitals and u wll understand what am talking about.what part of d body does a man use in reasoning: a)anus b)skin c)tongue d)genitals
|Re: Nma Strike, The Nurses' Perspective. by agabaI23(m): 6:43am On Jul 12, 2014|
|Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health |
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket
Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2021 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 239