ABOUT 240 nurses trained at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals graduated on Friday as registered general nurses, midwives, renal nurses, ophthalmology, theatre, anesthetics, Intensive Care Unit nurses,and administrative nurses.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Officiating the graduation ceremony on behalf of the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo, Health Service Board vice chair Professor Auxillia Munodawafa-Chideme said the training fostered key principles of health quality assurance and improvement.
This includes ensuring a patient centred, participatory and equitable approach. A holistic approach to patient care which considers patients’ preferences, needs and values helps in reaching a shared decision and guarantees patients understanding of health their health rights and responsibilities as enshrined in the Patients Charter,” the Minister.
The Minister encouraged nurses and midwives to continue making endless efforts to improve patient safety and reduce errors during health care.
“While it is appreciated that nurses and midwives are overwhelmed with the workload, you should always protect patients from all forms of harm. I am well aware that the Health Service Board is seized with the improvement of working conditions of our health workers,” he said.
He also said nurses and midwives should keep abreast with technology trends.
“Let me take this opportunity to note that technology, knowledge and skills in nursing are never static, like any other field. It is therefore important that nurses and midwives should keep abreast with new trends and this can essentially be achieved through continuous training and development. “If you remain static be careful your patients will be ahead of you and it becomes difficult for you to execute your duties. Today’s patients are techno-savvy to the extent that before they go to a health institution, they would have already googled their condition and possible treatment,” said the Minister.