127 join nursing service

Julia Karufe, Aryan Sio and Paru Fiona with their certificates of nurse registration
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UP to 127 young men and women joined the nursing service yesterday in a ceremony held to confer their status as “registered nurses”.

This new lot are expected to further boost the country’s human resource capacity in the health sector.

They received their nurse registration confirmation yesterday at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Honiara.

Speaking on the occasion, National Head of Nursing Council Solomon Islands and guest speaker Michael Larui encourages the newly registered nurses to work with their full scoop of practise to meet the needs of the health system.

Beckster Harrison and Hellison Wasi with family members

Larui said nurses have been key part of the leadership during the current public health crisis

“While I acknowledge the work of colleague nurses, I wish to challenge us to ensuring that all patients receives patient –centred and high-quality care,” Larui said.

Clayrickeith Bulehite congratulated by family members

“Nurses are central to the design of health systems that focus on public health, prevention and primary care,” he added.

Larui told the nurses that their voice has the community’s trust, therefore nurses must get and pass right information to the public and not to entertain misinformation and disinformation in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the male nurses ready to receive their full registration to become Registered Nurses

“This voice is needed now more than ever. During public health emergencies and disasters, vulnerable populations are at a risk of poor to severe illness.

“As nurses, we must strengthen the support to following up on the disabled communities and increase the country’s contraceptive prevalence rate by improving  family planning and child health services,” he said.

One of the female nurse receiving her badge

Larui also encouraged nurses to ready to be deployed to rural health centres.

“Absenteeism and lateness to work, conflict of interest and insubordination must not be the norm instead; nurses must be professionally competent in their practice and conduct.

Three of the female nurses ready to receive their full registration to become Registered Nurses

“The profession needs you to contribute nursing meaningfully to the overall health service delivery,” he said.