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Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by Nobody: 3:59pm On Jul 05, 2015
Famous pen wrote

14th of May 2015, Nasiru Ahmed a 45yr old diabetic was admitted into a private hospital after symptoms of hyperglycemia. He was subsequently placed on insulin. However, something happened after a few days. Nasiru started shaking and sweating profusely. He appeared disoriented and confused. The 'nurse' on duty assured him that he would be ok. But his condition worsened. There was no doctor immediately available. The 'nurse', apparently confused decided to administer more insulin. Mr Nasiru entered into a coma, from which he did not recover.

Another news sufficed sometime ago on the internet, about a 'nurse' who chopped off a baby's penis in the name of circumcision.

Sad stories like these have continued to emerge from our private hospitals, both in the rural and urban areas. Nobody seems to take note, until they are personally affected. There is an adage that if you see a fowl scattering faeces with it's legs, chase it away because you do not know who would end up eating those legs, it might be you!. Any of us or someone close to us may need medical care someday, and may fall into the hands of these killers in uniform.

Nursing as a profession in Nigeria today requires three years of education in a school of Nursing for Nurse assistants or five years in the university, after which one must pass series of professional examinations. During training, like physicians nurses are exposed to courses like anatomy, physiology, medical biochemistry, pharmacology and pathology. As well as skills necessary to carry out certain routine Nursing procedures. These courses are designed to help a nurse make sound clinical judgements after careful observations, using certain guidelines known as the "Nursing process" . Hence, a nurse is bound by certain moral and ethical principles that have been developed over time, and frequently reviewed. This therefore entails that nurses are continuously trained, and sit for exams to bring them up to speed with current trends modern realities.

Sadly however, in an attempt to bridge cost and make quick money, doctors in the private sector aided by certain Nurses with low moral integrity have resorted to training and employing quacks who pretend to be Nurses, at the detriment of patient's safety. These quacks who are termed "Auxiliary Nurses" are responsible for countless harm done to patients on a daily bases, as well as the negative image currently being suffered by the Nursing profession today.

One may ask, is the job of a nurse so easy that a secondary school drop out could be trained to work like Nurse? The honest answer is a big No. In a country like Nigeria where a lot of things go unregulated, impersonating any professional is quite easy. We would not forget so easily the story of a man who impersonated a doctor in the ministry of health for up to a decade before he was caught. Visit the rural areas today, there are male nurses and 'chemist men' who pass themselves as doctors. Even bricklayers and foremen pass themselves as engineers and architects. These often go unnoticed until disaster occurs. In every profession, one could learn a handful of the basic rudiments and impersonate, until he or she is faced with a challenge that requires professional judgement.

These "auxiliaries" are often young secondary school leavers or older ones who have nothing else to do. They are recruited by private hospitals, and trained for six months, were they are mostly thought how to give injections, check vital signs, dress wounds, and in some cases they are allowed to take deliveries of pregnant women. They are given nurses uniforms and used as nurses. This is done under the assumption that there would always be a doctor around to give orders and control what they do. But herein lies the real danger to the patient. As in the case of Nasiru, there was no doctor around when the emergency occurred. He was left at the mercy of an uneducated slowpoke, who had no medical knowledge to make sound clinical decisions at that time, even if she knows how to give injections. Mr Nasiru simply had hypoglycemia Probably due to insulin overdose, or failure to eat after taking insulin. Even a first year nursing student would have anticipated and identified the symptoms and acted accordingly. Two cubes of sugar or a bottle of coke would have kept him alive pending further intervention.

Even in cases where there is a doctor or a Registered nurse supervising, the danger is not reduced in anyway. It does not change the fact that the Auxiliary holding a syringe is uneducated and unqualified to do the job, and hence is unaccountable for any error made, making her more likely to make grave errors. 8 days prior to the writing of this article, i spoke with a man who had a bad leg. He had been like that since he was 9 years old. How did he lose his leg? A nurse in a private hospital injected him right in the middle of his buttocks, Probably injuring his sciatic nerve leaving him paralysed for life. A simple knowledge of anatomy would have prevented this grave error.

Even when no lasting damage is done, these quacks misinform patients and expose them to further complications. One once told a pregnant woman that she could deliver her baby without ceaserian section, even after a doctor had told her it was her only option. She was eventually admitted into a private hospital to be delivered. She was fully dilated when she was moved to the delivery room. After unsuccessful attempts to push, there was no fetal descent. It was a doctor who later arrived that palpated her abdomen and discovered that the baby was lying transversely. She eventually went through casearian section

This pieces is intended to sensitize the public to be on the look out for these quacks. Countless errors have been made, lives have been lost to the activities of these quacks. The hospital owners are very good at covering up these incidences, or offering evasive and untrue explanations. According to the act establishing it, It is illegal and criminal to practice as a nurse without a license from the nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria or engage the services of such an individual. It is also a criminal act to train, or claim to train individuals as nurses, except in accredited institutions. A word of caution also goes out to the doctors in the private sector who undermine the lives and safety of their patients by training or engaging unqualified personnel to impersonate. One day, the Nursing council will wake up to its responsibility and tackle this menace head on.

Whenever you or a loved one checks into a private hospital, be weary of the 'nurses' that attend to you. It is your right to know the qualification of any nurse that attends to you. You could ask a simple question "Are you a registered Nurse?". Your life would be in serious danger if you leave life and death decisions about your health in the hands of an 'Auxiliary nurse ". They are uneducated and unlicensed quacks who have absolutely no idea what they are doing. You may be better off being looked after by your mother at home. Nigerians Beware!
Dicefrost
Lalasticlala
Ishilove........ No dulling, its a life and death issue

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by Sanmel(f): 9:23pm On Jul 05, 2015
Thank you.. These auxiliaries are even so confident..

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by ubiquitousade(m): 10:49pm On Nov 07, 2015
kudos dicefrost, this is so rampant in the rural areas especially in private clinics.

you will be surprised to know that some even train as assistant doctors! I don't really know the fake names they are called but I guess this training runs for a year or two and they graduate as 'assistant doctors' able to diagnose and treat patients.

lalasticlala and seun pls do the needful

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by corisande: 10:43am On Nov 08, 2015
Nurse Eliza!

I remember one nurse who gave me injections for nyash. for almost one year one butt cheek big pass the other. Thank God say e don normalize.

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by Nobody: 1:38pm On Nov 08, 2015
Ebonyi just slashed the monthly allowances of nurses and others to mere peanuts. Now, you wonder what will be the added bonus for going to school where an auxiliary is earning higher than you. cry undecided. Who is fooling who?
With this as an example, me think perchance, governments are indirectly fueling the rampart infiltration of quacks in our health institutions.

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by prettyjo(f): 8:02pm On Nov 08, 2015
this is informative.

naija which way forward...?

lalasticlala
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by damton(m): 8:32pm On Nov 08, 2015
h
corisande:
Nurse Eliza!
I remember one nurse who gave me injections for nyash. for almost one year one butt cheek big pass the other. Thank God say e don normalize.
. The nurse na man or woman? angry
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by Nobody: 8:32pm On Nov 08, 2015
And they are everywhere
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by Nobody: 8:32pm On Nov 08, 2015
Noted
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by EngrAbiola: 8:32pm On Nov 08, 2015
okey
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by miqos02(m): 8:33pm On Nov 08, 2015
act
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by churchill213: 8:33pm On Nov 08, 2015
to whom it may concern
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by Pavore9: 8:33pm On Nov 08, 2015
All those Nurse Eliza! angry
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by ifISLAPYOU(f): 8:35pm On Nov 08, 2015
THEY ARE DEADLY

Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by ihatebuhari(f): 8:35pm On Nov 08, 2015
Rubbish post
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by dkronicle(m): 8:35pm On Nov 08, 2015
Hhk
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by ryanfletcher: 8:36pm On Nov 08, 2015
okay noted
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by acunon: 8:36pm On Nov 08, 2015
you again
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by damilareoye(m): 8:37pm On Nov 08, 2015
the aren't actually quack/whack nurses but some refused to maintain their boundaries of training received.. so, auxiliary nurses should stay on their lane.

notwithstanding, when some auxiliary nurse give you injection ehh grin. their hands dey pain like crazgrin
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by chris4gold(m): 8:37pm On Nov 08, 2015
hmmm
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by 9free(m): 8:37pm On Nov 08, 2015
Olise Metuh comes to mind

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by sunnyb0b0(m): 8:37pm On Nov 08, 2015
dicefrost:
Famous pen wrote

14th of May 2015, Nasiru Ahmed a 45yr old diabetic was admitted into a private hospital after symptoms of hyperglycemia. He was subsequently placed on insulin. However, something happened after a few days. Nasiru started shaking and sweating profusely. He appeared disoriented and confused. The 'nurse' on duty assured him that he would be ok. But his condition worsened. There was no doctor immediately available. The 'nurse', apparently confused decided to administer more insulin. Mr Nasiru entered into a coma, from which he did not recover.

Another news sufficed sometime ago on the internet, about a 'nurse' who chopped off a baby's penis in the name of circumcision.

Sad stories like these have continued to emerge from our private hospitals, both in the rural and urban areas. Nobody seems to take note, until they are personally affected. There is an adage that if you see a fowl scattering faeces with it's legs, chase it away because you do not know who would end up eating those legs, it might be you!. Any of us or someone close to us may need medical care someday, and may fall into the hands of these killers in uniform.

Nursing as a profession in Nigeria today requires three years of education in a school of Nursing for Nurse assistants or five years in the university, after which one must pass series of professional examinations. During training, like physicians nurses are exposed to courses like anatomy, physiology, medical biochemistry, pharmacology and pathology. As well as skills necessary to carry out certain routine Nursing procedures. These courses are designed to help a nurse make sound clinical judgements after careful observations, using certain guidelines known as the "Nursing process" . Hence, a nurse is bound by certain moral and ethical principles that have been developed over time, and frequently reviewed. This therefore entails that nurses are continuously trained, and sit for exams to bring them up to speed with current trends modern realities.

Sadly however, in an attempt to bridge cost and make quick money, doctors in the private sector aided by certain Nurses with low moral integrity have resorted to training and employing quacks who pretend to be Nurses, at the detriment of patient's safety. These quacks who are termed "Auxiliary Nurses" are responsible for countless harm done to patients on a daily bases, as well as the negative image currently being suffered by the Nursing profession today.

One may ask, is the job of a nurse so easy that a secondary school drop out could be trained to work like Nurse? The honest answer is a big No. In a country like Nigeria where a lot of things go unregulated, impersonating any professional is quite easy. We would not forget so easily the story of a man who impersonated a doctor in the ministry of health for up to a decade before he was caught. Visit the rural areas today, there are male nurses and 'chemist men' who pass themselves as doctors. Even bricklayers and foremen pass themselves as engineers and architects. These often go unnoticed until disaster occurs. In every profession, one could learn a handful of the basic rudiments and impersonate, until he or she is faced with a challenge that requires professional judgement.

These "auxiliaries" are often young secondary school leavers or older ones who have nothing else to do. They are recruited by private hospitals, and trained for six months, were they are mostly thought how to give injections, check vital signs, dress wounds, and in some cases they are allowed to take deliveries of pregnant women. They are given nurses uniforms and used as nurses. This is done under the assumption that there would always be a doctor around to give orders and control what they do. But herein lies the real danger to the patient. As in the case of Nasiru, there was no doctor around when the emergency occurred. He was left at the mercy of an uneducated slowpoke, who had no medical knowledge to make sound clinical decisions at that time, even if she knows how to give injections. Mr Nasiru simply had hypoglycemia Probably due to insulin overdose, or failure to eat after taking insulin. Even a first year nursing student would have anticipated and identified the symptoms and acted accordingly. Two cubes of sugar or a bottle of coke would have kept him alive pending further intervention.

Even in cases where there is a doctor or a Registered nurse supervising, the danger is not reduced in anyway. It does not change the fact that the Auxiliary holding a syringe is uneducated and unqualified to do the job, and hence is unaccountable for any error made, making her more likely to make grave errors. 8 days prior to the writing of this article, i spoke with a man who had a bad leg. He had been like that since he was 9 years old. How did he lose his leg? A nurse in a private hospital injected him right in the middle of his buttocks, Probably injuring his sciatic nerve leaving him paralysed for life. A simple knowledge of anatomy would have prevented this grave error.

Even when no lasting damage is done, these quacks misinform patients and expose them to further complications. One once told a pregnant woman that she could deliver her baby without ceaserian section, even after a doctor had told her it was her only option. She was eventually admitted into a private hospital to be delivered. She was fully dilated when she was moved to the delivery room. After unsuccessful attempts to push, there was no fetal descent. It was a doctor who later arrived that palpated her abdomen and discovered that the baby was lying transversely. She eventually went through casearian section

This pieces is intended to sensitize the public to be on the look out for these quacks. Countless errors have been made, lives have been lost to the activities of these quacks. The hospital owners are very good at covering up these incidences, or offering evasive and untrue explanations. According to the act establishing it, It is illegal and criminal to practice as a nurse without a license from the nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria or engage the services of such an individual. It is also a criminal act to train, or claim to train individuals as nurses, except in accredited institutions. A word of caution also goes out to the doctors in the private sector who undermine the lives and safety of their patients by training or engaging unqualified personnel to impersonate. One day, the Nursing council will wake up to its responsibility and tackle this menace head on.

Whenever you or a loved one checks into a private hospital, be weary of the 'nurses' that attend to you. It is your right to know the qualification of any nurse that attends to you. You could ask a simple question "Are you a registered Nurse?". Your life would be in serious danger if you leave life and death decisions about your health in the hands of an 'Auxiliary nurse ". They are uneducated and unlicensed quacks who have absolutely no idea what they are doing. You may be better off being looked after by your mother at home. Nigerians Beware!
Dicefrost
Lalasticlala
Ishilove........ No dulling, its a life and death issue

Op, auxiliary nurses are not quack as long as they work within the limit of their competencies as set by regulatory bodies. They become quacks when they assume the duties of Registered Nurses just like some Nurses who assume duties of Medical doctors.

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by spaceacademy(m): 8:38pm On Nov 08, 2015
not surprised, i heard of a place on ikorodu road where u become a medical doctor within 2 weeks

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by espn(m): 8:39pm On Nov 08, 2015
corisande:
Nurse Eliza!

I remember one nurse who gave me injections for nyash. for almost one year one butt cheek big pass the other. Thank God say e don normalize.
lies..can we see! Evidence pls! grin
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by ProfEinstein: 8:39pm On Nov 08, 2015
Nurse Eliza, giving children foot drop since 1960 kiss

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by kulobyno: 8:40pm On Nov 08, 2015
Chai
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by vanvick247(m): 8:42pm On Nov 08, 2015
Too bad!! 9ja is a country where anything goes. Nice article Op. We gats dey on high alert be dat o.
Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by reverendfather: 8:42pm On Nov 08, 2015
I stopped visiting hospitals and clinics a long time ago, since I've Never been diagnosed with anything other than malaria and typhoid fever

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Re: Beware Of Quacks Called 'auxiliary Nurses' by ifISLAPYOU(f): 8:43pm On Nov 08, 2015
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