Nursing profession is divine calling - Aboagye

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Health Concern Ghana started its health training programme in 2004 when the Ministry of Health introduced the Health Care Assistants programme.

 In 2010, the institution obtained accreditation from the National Training Institute (NVTI) to commence a one-year Health Care Training Programme to assist professional nurses in providing health care delivery in the country.

The vision of the institution is to promote quality nursing education through objective dissemination of excellent nursing knowledge with the aim of producing highly competent and skilled nurses who have been carefully selected and who share common ethos of promoting client dignity, quality of life and independence through practice.

She was speaking at the second graduation ceremony of Health Concern Ghana in Accra, dubbed “Nursing as a Vocation and as a profession.”

At the event, the 349 students who graduated were awarded certificates.

Out of the total number,  285 students pursued health care programme and 64 pursued the Health Assistant Training Programme.

Mrs Aboagye urged the students not to be in the profession for money but to see it as a calling to care for the sick, those who are hurt, those in mental anguish and those near death.

 “It is about the commitment and dedication with which you complete tasks, the desire to go beyond the call of duty and to do everything possible to save lives,” she said.

She said health assistants should, therefore, perform their roles with dedication and explained that nursing was not just doing the physical aspect of healing but also looking at the emotional and psychological needs of patients.

She urged the students to distinguish themselves and make a difference in people’s life by improving on the reputation of the nursing profession.

“It is, therefore, imperative that more young people are enrolled as the health care assistants and the healthcare programme to assist professional nurses with bedside care,” she indicated.

Mrs Aboagye urged them to serve the nation wholeheartedly and “implement all the values that we have inculcated in you.”

Story by Jennifer Ansah