Thursday 30 December 2021


In a Christmas and New year message, the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), has saluted nurses for being the last man standing for the patient.

According to UGONSA, nurses are with patients in thick and thin and are the most trusted ally of the patient. Nurses are to patients what mothers are to newborns. In the critical stage of illness, when patients cannot do anything for themselves, nurses- the angels on earth are there. When people abandon their loved ones for the fear of deadly infectious diseases like Ebola, Lassa fever or Covid-19, nurses become the most intimate pals of such people standing with them and ready to pay the supreme price rather than abandon the patients in the lurch. The love of nurses for patients mirrors the love Jesus Christ brought to the world. As we celebrate Christmas and prepare for the new year, may we be guided that 2022 is a year of the patient.

“As the number one patient advocate nurses must be bounded by our ethical principles to ensure that the patient’s best interest in upheld at any given time in any given scenario. We owe our allegiance to only the patient. The patient is the reason we are in the hospital, nothing more nothing less. The nurse being around the patient serves principally the interest of the patient and not the physician or organizational interest. When a physician’s or organizational interest clashes with the patient’s best interest, the nurse must strongly side with the patient. We are the children of Nightingale; the patients are our own Kings and Queens who we are ready to give all for. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


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