May 11, 2018 By Kadrie Koroma
Some thirty-sixty newly trained and qualified State Registered Nurses (SRN), Set 44 of the Faculty of Nursing in Freetown, have on Wednesday received orientation ahead of deployment in various health facilities across country.
The orientation was conducted by the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
Speaking at the orientation ceremony held in the conference hall of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma, reminded the nurses about the Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules, and the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives, stating that they should be accountable to the public and ministry to promote professional code of practice, conduct and ethics in their various duty stations.
She disclosed that the directorate implements the laws as enshrined in the Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules and the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives.
On the issue of transfers, Matron Hossinatu said the Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules states in Rule 5.20 that any officer may at any time and without his or her consent be transferred from his or her current duty station to another.
She said that they should be able to detect and manage emergencies, be team players and builders with the required competencies, as well as promoting regular clinical services, and timely referrals.
The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer congratulated the new SRN on behalf of the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services for successfully completing their courses.
Congratulating the newly qualified nurses, Director of Human Resource for Health, Edward Kwame Yankson, underscored the importance of the orientation, and underscored that the Ministry of Health is not responsible of giving out pin codes, but the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) through recommendation from the Ministry.
He appealed to the nurses to regular and punctual at work in their duty stations and to desist from dual employment, which he said is an offence in law and that anyone caught would face the full penalty of the law.
In a similar development, 47 State Certified Midwives, Set 32 of the School of Midwifery in Freetown, have received orientation for development in various health facilities across the country on Thursday, May 10, to help reduce maternal mortality.