Jhpiego, an international not-for-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, recently paid tribute to Liberian nurses during a program marking this year’s International Nurses Day.
In a special statement from Jhpiego, read by Mrs. Marion Subah, who represented the entity’s president, Dr. Leslie Mancuso, herself a proud nurse and president of an organization that works tirelessly in support of nurses and midwives, recognized nurses for their commitment to the profession.
Mrs. Subah is Chief of Party (CP) of USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program/Human Resources for Health Project in Liberia.
She indicated that together, nurses and midwives have the power to tackle big challenges, and as members of inter-professional teams, midwives and nurses are the backbone of health systems around the world, making up 80 percent of the global health workforce that provide a majority of health services.
She challenged nurses to join the “Nursing Now” Campaign and be the drivers of change, the innovators, and the decision-makers who can bring a new, more equitable era in healthcare delivery.
Mrs. Subah also indicated that working with colleagues at the International Council of Nurses, the International Confederation of Midwives, and regional and national nursing and midwifery associations, Jhpiego stands ready to help nurses and midwives get the opportunities and recognition they deserve.
The statement meanwhile congratulated nurses for all they do, and encourage them to enjoy these well-deserved days of recognition.
Dr. Sodey Lake, the nursing director at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, who also spoke at a program organized by members of the Liberian Nurses Association (LNA), in commemoration of International Nurses Day, commended her colleagues for their “sacrificial services to humanity.”
The program was held under the theme, “Nurses, A Voice to Lead-Health as Human Rights.”
Lake challenged Liberian nurses to be united in both speaking and acting in order to give their patients hope towards recovery.
She wants nurses to be prepared with the requisite knowledge to respond to a given health situation.
Dr. Lake said to respond to health-related crisis, at least 90 percent of the estimated 5,000 Liberian qualified nurses should be equipped to intervene whenever there is crisis or when disaster strikes.
“Our voice is harmonious or has singleness of idea when we become reliable and dependable in adequately managing health-related issues,” Lake added.
She observed that when one nurse errs, the error becomes generalized to include all medical practitioners, “but that notion was wrong.” She therefore cautioned nurses to take the necessary precautions as they go about performing their professional duty.
She called on administrators of health teaching institutions to re-examine their respective training manuals and admission procedures, to achieve the desired result by imparting the required skills to nursing students.
LNA president Gloria Stevens recalled how over the years its members (all nurses) have worked to uphold the profession.
Madam Stevens called on nurses to be united, to foster the growth and development of the nursing profession.
The event brought together nurses and nursing students from across Monrovia and its environs.