International Hospital Kampala this morning honored its nurses, as part of the International Nurses Day celebrations.
Nurses make up an integral part of the health care system, handling patients from registration to triage, all the way to the doctor’s room; interacting, watching and monitoring them, yet they often go unnoticed or unrecognized by both patients and the institution.
As such, the Namuwongo based hospital organized a special event to honor its nurses for their commitment and tireless efforts in providing healthcare service.
The event was held under the them, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit”
The International Nurses Day coincides with birthday of Florence Nightingale – an English woman who pioneered modern nursing.
Bryan Mayanja, the Director of Nursing IHK said, despite the fact that nursing is a vital element in the healthcare industry, nurses are often the least appreciated and recognized heroes in healthcare facilities.
He noted that at every hospital, clinic or dispensary, nurses are the first point of contact for patients, and often have to be the ones to listen to the patients’ complaints, abuses and grievances.
“When patients are admitted to hospitals, they are out of their routine; they are not well physically, so everything is unfit for their needs. Whenever the food is tasteless or late, the ones who get blamed are the nurses who are with them 24/7. And every time patients are unhappy with medical services, they will throw their frustrations to the nurses first,” Mr. Mayanja said.
“Nursing goes beyond skill and competence to passion and love for the profession. We are critical thinkers and always have valuable insights of the patients’ progress, which we feed to the doctors to recommend proper diagnosis and treatment,” he added.
Esme Keyser, a Nurse and Chief Operational Officer at IHK said nurses expend a lot of time and energy to care for patients and often take clock in overtime to ensure that patients’ needs are taken care of.
“Our Nurses go the extra mile to provide patients with care. They serve our hospital daily, under challenging circumstances, and continue to be a beacon of light despite the pressing professional challenges. Nursing is the engine room of health services in this country as Nurses are essential stakeholders to transform healthcare.” Mrs. Keyser emphasized
At the luncheon, the Nurses were gifted, thanked and motivated by specialists including the Medical Director Dr. Michael Oling, the Head of Pediatrics Dr. Shiba Kituuka Nahurira among others.
The event was also marked with entertainment, personalized prizes for outstanding nurses as well as performances by the nurses themselves.