So three days ago, I asked a simple question.
What do we think are the three problems of nursing in Nigeria with the link below.
The responses were enormous, ranging from quackery, to leadership, to disunity, to our educational system and many more.
Unfortunately, no one mentioned the main problem we have.
If you ask me, our three major problems in Nursing are:
Anything apart from what I mentioned above, is not our major problem o.
Talk of disunity, leadership, quackery, low self esteem, misrepresentation, our staggering educational system, who are those in charge or are the helm of all these….NURSES!
Infact, I’m beginning to think that some people took a separate oath apart from the nightingale oath to be a problem to us in this profession.
They are selfish, greedy, wicked, adamant to change, never learning, never yielding, never progressing….
Talk about leadership, we have so many of them who have attain offices that are far above their competencies level. They have no intellectual capacity to manage those positions. So how can they give what they don’t have?
Even when you try to help, they shut you out. They see you as a threat.
They are allergic to anything that has to do with progress as regards anyone. You see them always taking us 50 steps backward.
Sadly, they are everywhere. Some of them are our friends, colleagues, brothers, husband’s, sisters, superiors at work……
Is this not the same nursing where some people swore a nurse will never be their Nannm unit chairman, because “he is too proud.” They forgot that in this Nigeria, a person who doesn’t give a damn can help get results many times.
Abi, how we dey talk, he no dey look anyone’s face. Yorubas will say ” ko n woju Uche” ( doesn’t look at Uche’s eyes) but no. They will rather vote for someone that will be stammering in front of audience, can’t make tactical , logical decisions.
They love those that can do “yes sir, yes ma,” subservient in every way you can think of and ofcourse, ready to play along…….
Please tell me how we can get it right with leadership?
Even with the delegation process of election, what do we end up with?
That’s leadership o. If I should start taking other areas that was mentioned one by one, you will agree that we are our own problem.
I could remember the first Antiquackery walk I and my team tried to organize, the LOC chairman for Lagos ousted us. I was wondering what happened, until an insider said They felt “we wanted to use their glory” 😃😃 . Till now, I still find that statement amusing.
What was our offence, we tried to collaborate with Nannm to have an Antiquackery walk that will make a bold statement in Lagos state but they were threatened, felt insecure. They released statements that we are fraudulent people. (Thank God for the present leadership under Comrade Awojide, that man nah person!)
The walk was supposed to be on a Monday, she called me on Friday to cancel on us. Said we were no longer welcomed and no further explanation was given.
This was a NURSE!
When they see a colleague trying to make an effort to change the status quo, they frustrate the individual. They ensure they make everything miserable for the person.
Assertive / Bold nurses are tagged rude or rebels.
Intelligent ones are labelled “her own is too much” “he talks too much” “too arrogant”
The progressive, vibrant ones are called what? Abeg help me fill the blank 😂.
Even as some people will see this, they will say, she don come again 😂
My people, what do you think is our problem again?
We need to tell ourselves the truth. Nurses are nursing problem.
We are blessed differently, allow people to bring their strengths to the table. Collectively, we will keep making progress.
I will implore everyone to carry out a self introspection, think deeply, are you one of the problems we have in nursing?
You need to know this in your “Knower” that you are a problem so as to change, because if you don’t even know you are part of the problem then that’s double wahala 😃.
We all need to do better. No matter where you are, what cadre, post you attain…do better.
Any action or decision you want to make as regards the profession, do not think of the short term effect alone but think of the long term. (If our leaders have been doing this, many documents they appended their signatures too or decisions made won’t have been made).
There’s nothing wrong with collaboration or running a leadership of inclusivenes. No one is an island of knowledge. Share, learn, update, be progressive…if 90% of nurses can have this attitude, walahi all our problems have been solved.
I hope someone gets me. I really do hope so.
NB: To all amazing, unproblematic nurses in this profession, I celebrate you all.
I love you all as always.