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The Dr. Docia Kisseih Memorial Lectures

The Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) has honoured Dr Docia Kisseih, first President and Founder of the Association by instituting a lecture series in her memory.

The lecture series, dubbed: "Dr Docia Kisseih Memorial Lectures," has been instituted to celebrate the influence of nurses on health care and also showcase the selfless contribution of the exceptional legends of the nursing profession.

 The inaugural lecture was on the theme: "Advancing Nursing and Midwifery Contribution to Quality Healthcare: Making a Difference."

Mrs Cecila Anim, President of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, who delivered the inaugural address, urged nursing practitioners to rise up to the occasion and meet the expectations of society by approaching their work with professionalism.

Mrs Anim also called on stakeholders to endeavour to provide the needed resources to boost the morale of nurses, whilst placing value on nursing staff, who worked every day to improve the health of the nation.

She advised nurses to respect the dignity of all patients and treat information about patients and clients as strictly confidential, while calling for a strong nursing leadership, the development of a strong network and further training to improve upon themselves professionally.



In a welcome address, Mr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, President of GRNA, said the objective of the lecture series was to honour Dr Kisseih to let the present generation of nurses and midwives know that she stood for principles that underpinned the very essence of their calling as nurses and midwives.

Mr Asante-Krobea observed that the profession had come under sharp criticisms by the public in recent times and that nursing and midwifery care was heading towards a crisis for lack of commitment on the part of practitioners. He said issues that required critical attention were customer service, legal implications of nurses' actions, communication with clients and professional colleagues, building of relationships and the influence of conduct on quality care.

He reminded nurses of their four fundamental responsibilities, namely to promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health and to alleviate suffering. Mr Asante-Krobea, however, bemoaned the conditions under which nurses worked and urged government and the employer to provide the resources to ensure a safe nursing and midwifery profession.


In his remarks, Dr Victor Bampoe, Deputy Minister for Health, noted that Dr Kisseih was earlier honoured by the state in 1984 and that her portrait was put on the 100 cedi note in 1986 which, he said, showed that it was worth dying for the nation.

Dr Bampoe, therefore, called on nurses to emulate Dr Kisseih's hard work, diligence, and love for country.

Born on August 13, 1919, Dr Kisseih became the first Ghanaian Chief Nursing Officer to take over from the British Colonial government in 1961.

Some of the fundamental contributions made by Dr Kisseih to nursing and nurse education include the establishment of a nursing education curriculum, post graduate training programme and the Nurses and Midwives Council.

 

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