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EVA MENSAH, Deputy Director of Nursing Midwifery Services has advised health assistants to dedicate themselves to their work with a good conscience, listening ear, tolerance, and respect for all sick persons.

She asked them to eschew all forms of apathy, disrespect for sick persons, their colleagues and leaders as they served in the various communities.

She noted that health assistants should use the opportunity to serve to critically advance health care interventions rather than concentrate on simple tasks which usually took them away from caring for the sick.

?As the office of the director of nursing and midwifery services strives for an improvement in the image of nursing and midwifery in our beloved country; it is our expectation that assistants to these professionals will also live up to the tenets of the profession of nursing and midwifery,? she said.

Ms. Mensah made this declaration when she addressed the graduation ceremony of health assistants from the Ghana Health Concern Clinical Training School in Accra.

Three hundred and forty-nine students graduated at the ceremony themed ?Nursing as a Vocation and as a Profession.?

A total of 285 health assistants and 64 health care graduands took part in the two year course culminating in a licensing examination conducted by the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana.

Mary Aboagye, Principal at Ghana Health Concern said the institution had a mission to promote quality nursing education through objective dissemination of excellent nursing knowledge. She noted that nursing had currently moved to a state of advancement with the result of rapid technological, social and medical changes that demanded better health care delivery.

She added that nurses should assume their role with dedication that would positively change the reputation of nursing.

?Since nursing is a calling, individuals may be called to practice at different levels of nursing. Those with the calling to be bedside nurses can be trained for that purpose while those who wish to be nurse educators among others can also be trained for that purpose,? Aboagye said.

She advised educators and clinicians to be responsible in order to raise a generation of nurses through mentoring student nurses both in the classroom and in the wards during their clinical practice.

The Ghana Health Concern has trained over 500 health assistants since 2006 who can be found working in various hospitals and clinics all over the country where they assist nurses and other health professionals to deliver quality health care.

BY Lady Agyapong

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