The Director of Nursing Services at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Mrs Sophia Blankson, says inappropriately dressed nurses at her facility will be sanctioned.
She warned that any nurse who continuously failed to dress appropriately would be sacked.
Speaking at the 70th anniversary of the Cape Coast Nurses and Midwifery Training College last Friday, Mrs Blankson said nurses on duty must communicate that they were responsible and dedicated to their work first by how they appeared.
The occasion was used to graduate 850 new nurses and midwives for the 2017 and 2018 year groups and also matriculate 216 fresh students into the college.
“At the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, you can’t wear an apron without a cap if you are on duty. I will not allow you to work like that,” she noted.
In a message to the graduands in particular, Mrs Blankson urged them to dress decently and appropriately at all times when on duty.
She explained in an interview later that the way a nurse looked gave confidence to patients that they were in the right hands.
“Our uniforms and how we dress tell the patient how disciplined and ready we are to work,” she stated.
She said nurses and midwives had very important roles to play in the healing process of patients and how they appeared went a long way in their healing.
Ethics of profession
The Principal of the college, Hajia Alima Opoku Ahmed, advised both the graduates and the students to be abreast of the ethics of the profession to reduce misconduct and negligence among staff.
She appealed for a fence wall around the north campus near the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and for improvement in the road network.
The Omanhene of the Owirenkyiman Traditional Area, Ahunabobrim Pra Agyensiam, who was the guest of honour, called for the provision of infrastructure for the school.
The Alumni President, Mrs Peace Honkou Semordzi, expressed appreciation to the founders of the school, saying the alumni of the school had become world-class health professionals contributing to quality healthcare delivery in Ghana and across the world.