Extraordinary, Stupendous and Mega are just a few words that can best describe the induction ceremony held for newly qualified nurses and midwives for the Southern belt at Pavilion B, Accra Trade Fair Centre on FridayMarch 20th 2015.
The heart-stirring ceremony was organized for the newly qualified who trained in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Volta, Western and Central Regions of Ghana.
As at 7:00 am, the whole of Pavilion B was inundated with photographers who were busily setting up their printers and other electronic gadgets. The spinners were testing their machines and the organizers were busily cleaning the tables and chairs.
Clad in their usual green and white (Ladies) and white and Khaki (Gentlemen) the newly qualified nurses and midwives started trooping in the premises around 8:00am and you could read from their facial expressions their excitement to be part of the induction.
In order to deepen their understanding of the operations of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, the Registrar of the Council, Mr. Felix Nyante has held discussions with students pursuing the MPhil in Nursing programme at the School of Nursing, University of Ghana,Legon to educate them about the Council’s operation in accordance with the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857).
It was a beautiful Monday morning on 16th March, 2015 and all roads in the three northern regions led to the Northern Regional Capital, Tamale. Not even the characteristic hot weather up there could deter the newly qualified nurses and midwives trained in Northern Belt. They thronged the WAEC Hall in their numbers to be inducted into their chosen professions.
“Selfie” was in vogue as the female inductees made faces and took pictures of themselves and their mates. The atmosphere was full of joy. Joy that knew no bound- jumping, hugging and loud laughs.
Inductees who wanted memorable images of the day patronized the services of photographers who had mounted stands on the premises.
The Registrar of the Council, Mr. Felix Nyante has emphasized the importance of PIN and AIN in the practice of Nursing and Midwifery in Ghana. He said these documents serve as licenses that allow the practitioner to practice legally hence must be renewed promptly.
Mr. Nyante said this at a week-long training programme for Community Health Nurses (CHNs) drawn from CHAG institutions in the Northern region. It is the first of three programmes for Community Health Nurses in the three northern regions. Those from Upper West and Upper East regions will have their turn in the coming weeks. In all, a total of two hundred and eighty CHNs will be trained.
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