Head of Service, Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Adesoye, says there is need for nurses to develop a proper understanding of healthcare financing and budgeting.
Adesoye, made the call on Wednesday in Lagos at the 2018 Nurses Week of the Department of Nursing Services/National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), National Orthopaedic Hospital (NOHI), Igbobi, Lagos chapter, with the theme “Nurses, a Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right”.
She said they should also understand the process of resource allocation and strategic planning.
“Competencies in these concepts will facilitate nurse’s participation in policy making and resource allocations in order to lead from the front line.
“This will transform them into a force for change in actualising universal health coverage for citizens of our great nation.
“Health of the citizens make an important contribution to economic development as healthy populations live longer and are more productive,” she said.
According to the official, unhealthy professionals account for a large proportion of total healthcare cost.
“Similarly, lower nurse staffing, increased workload and unstable nursing unit environments were linked to negative patient outcomes including falls and medication errors,” she said.
Adesoye said the Lagos State National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) had enjoyed effective support of the state government, evidenced by the various requests the state government had met.
“The Lagos State Government has just upgraded the schools of Nursing and Midwifery into a College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing.
“I wish to acknowledge the immense contribution of this great specialist hospital in caring for Lagos residents.
“This body of professional association is encouraged to continue to play its important role in the health sector.
“It will continue to engage its counterparts to cooperate with the policy of the government and to ensure that the required standard for implementation of the health team is upheld,” she said.
Prof. Joseph Aina, Department of Mental Health Nursing, Babcock University, said that nurses need to have an awareness of patients’ broad world in which they live.
“The nurse must be mindful of socio-cultural risk factors such as age, gender issues, ethnicity, level of education, and level of income,” he said.
Aina said the concept of health advocacy had been developed to promote the human rights of persons with health needs and to reduce stigma and discrimination.
Also, Oba Isiaka Adio Oyero, the Oba of Ketu, Kosofe Land, Lagos, said nursing is a unique profession charged with the responsibility of caring for the sick in the society.
Oyero urged the government to continue to create a favourable environment for nursing to thrive in order to guarantee a productive healthy society.