Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UGONSA WRITES FMOH OVER UITH EXCLUSION OF BNSC HOLDERS FROM ITS EMPLOYMENT ADVERT


The Honourable Minister of Health,
Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH),
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

Attention:
              The Director Human Resources &,
              The Director Hospital services, FMOH

Sir/Madam,
EXCLUSION OF REGISTERED NURSES AND MIDWIVES WITH BNSC IN THE RECENT PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT ADVERT MADE BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN TEACHING HOSPITAL IS A WANTON MARGINALIZATION, DEBASEMENT AND BALKANIZATION OF THE NURSING PROFESSION: A REQUEST FOR URGENT INTERVENTION OF THE MINISTRY

The University graduate of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of Bachelor degree in nursing once more brings you her Nightingale’s greetings and wish to thank you for your astute efforts so far in trying to address the perennial wrongs and marginalization of the nursing profession in our health system especially the issue of under placement of the graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc).

      2.  However, we observed that the anomalous behaviour of the management of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) is antithetical to the commendable efforts the FMOH under your watch is making to foster a sense of equity, fairness and inclusiveness among all the healthcare professionals to strengthen a harmonious work relationship in the healthcare delivery system of our dear the country.

      3. In its recent advert for recruitment of healthcare professionals, the UITH brazenly excluded the Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Midwives (RM) with Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) degree. The divisive advert published June 3rd, 2020 and circulated widely via the electronic media, which ostensibly aimed at balkanizing the nursing profession and pinching nurses against each other have been confirmed by our association as truly emanating from the UITH evidenced by domicile of the advert on the official website of the institution with this URL: https://www.uithilorin.org.ng/staffnurseadvert.

      4. Most worrisome is that UITH made it appear as if the selective target of RN/RM with BNSc degree for exclusion in their advert is a new policy of the FMOH as our preliminary engagement with some management staff of the hospital saw them irrationally make a fig leaf to put the FMOH in the loop.
  
      5.  However, when our previous demand on the institution for proper placement of the RN/RM with BNSc degree [vide our letter Ref. No: UGONSA/018/UITH/CMD/01dated 30th June 2018 hereby attached] which was reluctantly done without implementing the financial aspect of the upgrade as was done by other hospitals under the same FMOH is indexed with the current action of the UITH it becomes understandable the UITH management is on a lone inglorious voyage to marginalize and debase the nursing profession.

     6.  That this selective exclusion was directed only to the University Graduates of Nursing and not to the University Graduates of all the core Healthcare Professions portends that the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UITH is divisive and unfit to manage the affairs of a conglomerate of diverse people and interests working together for a common course as is the case of the healthcare delivery system.

      7.   This provocative action of the CMD and the management of the UITH if not nipped in the bud has the propensity to open up a new wave of avoidable agitation in our health system which shall adversely affect and undermine the candid efforts the FMOH is making to ensure a sustainable qualitative care delivery to the Nigerian masses.

     8.  We viewed this disdainful exclusion of RN/RM with BNSc degree in the employment advert by UITH as not only a well-calculated attempt to unjustly steer nurses with higher qualification in nursing away from the clinical area but also as scornful ridicule of the educational attainment of nurses and midwives. This is especially as what qualifies and justifies the inclusion of the University Graduates of other core healthcare professions in the advert also justify why their counterparts in nursing should be included.

     9. The Bachelor degree in nursing which has become a nightmare to the CMD UITH and his management staff took most nurses and midwives excruciating pain and hard work to get. Some spent 3 years in the school of nursing and 18 months in the school of midwifery before enrolling to spend another 5 years for the BNSc programme only to be bizarrely told that they are not qualified for employment in a Federal government-owned teaching hospital just because they took pain to develop themselves professionally to be able to add qualitative value to nursing services.  

PRAYER
We humbly and passionately call on your esteemed office to urgently

       1.  direct the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) and his management team to review their recent employment advert and make provision for the graduate nurses (.i.e RN/RM with BNSc degree) in the advert.

     2.  pay the graduate nurses whose placement were adjusted in line with the extant circulars on placement of nurses the accruing financial benefits related to the adjustment of their grades.

      3.  caution the CMD and the management of the UITH to desist from their open resentment of the nursing profession and its higher education qualifications and to start carrying all the healthcare professional along as crucial and indispensable part of the healthcare team.

Submitted with deepest sense of respect.


Signed:

NUR. OJO OPEYEMI                                                          NUR. OLOYE ABIOLA  
President, Western Zone                                                           Secretary, Western Zone


CC: Director, Nursing Services FMOH
       Deputy Director Nursing Services FMOH

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