THE INTERNATIONAL NURSES’ DAY 2022:
INVESTMENT IN NURSING WORKFORCE AND RESPECT RIGHTS TO SECURE COMMUNITY HEALTH:
1) Dr. Ronald M. KASYABA, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau
2) Ms. Martha NAKUYA, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau
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The 12th May—the birthday anniversary of Florence Nightingale—the ‘lady with the lamp’— founder of modern nursing is also the International Nurses’ Day.
Nursing is key to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3): Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages—with nurses being the primary providers of healthcare to all communities in all settings. It is therefore imperative to celebrate and advocate for protection of, and investment in the nursing workforce.
This year’s theme is; Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to secure Global Health. The need for investment in attraction & retention of nursing jobs, training and education, leadership and practice and nurses’ safety in the face of the pandemics such as COVID-19 and others has become ever more highlighted—especially recognising the centrality of the nursing workforce to COVID-19 response effectiveness and resilience in Uganda. A deliberate and proactive investment package of the nursing and midwifery workforce boosts health system resilience; –and this includes appropriate remuneration, safe work-place environments and
other non-monetary incentives. Of the total health workforce of 10,319 in the Catholic Health Network in Uganda Uganda, the nursing workforce accounts for nearly 1 in every 3 health workers (26.7%)—of whom 85% are…..Read more