A total of 186 Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) Staff, Principals, Nurse Educators and Nurse Managers across the country have undergone a six-month Tailor-Made-Training (T-M-T) on legal issues for effective regulation.
The training programme which began in March, 2016 and ended in August this year was organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana and in collaboration with the University of Ghana, Faculty of law at the Rev. Veronica Darko conference hall at the Council’s head office in Accra.
Addressing the participants at the close of the training programme, the Registrar of the Council, said that the training programme was to reorient participants regarding their legal responsibilities in the practice of nursing and midwifery and equip them with skills relating to the art and science of supervision and delegation, as well as in professional self-regulation.
Mr. Felix Nyante noted that it was imperative for practitioners to acquire knowledge and understanding of the Ghanaian constitution and the legal systems in order to demonstrate the knowledge in the care of patients and families.
He congratulated the facilitators of the training programme for their tireless effort in making the programme successful. He further called on the facilitators to design a legal training manual for the training of student nurses and midwives in the various training institutions. He explained “our student nurses and midwives will be fully equipped during and after training with the legal obligations towards patients care”
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Health, Hon. Alex Segbefia, the Director of Human Resource at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Lawoetey Tettey noted that it was a fact that quality nursing care was a prerequisite for improving the health status of the citizenry.
He said he believed that the training programme had updated the knowledge and skills of the practitioners who are expected to offer effective and efficient service delivery at their workplaces.
He thanked the organizers of the training programme and urged them to extend the training to the junior nurses and midwives as well.
The Board Chairperson of the 13th Governing Board of the Council, Mrs. May Osae-Addae advised the nurses and midwives to use the training programme to change the image of nursing and midwifery practice in the country.
She said that the legal training will go a long way to address the public outcry over the poor attitude of nurses and midwives towards their patients/clients since they have updated their knowledge and skills on the legal implications of their attitudes.
The facilitators for the training programme were Prof. Sir Kofi Kumado and Prof. Kofi Quashigah from the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana.
Some of the topics treated during the training programme included the law of torts in Ghana, Public Procurement Act, Financial Administration Act, the law of contract, the National Labor Act, Constitutional Environment and Context, Introduction to Legal System of Ghana, Civil liability and administrative law.
The participants were presented with certificates at the closing ceremony.
The two facilitators were also decorated in full traditional regalia in recognition for their selfless role they played during the training programme.