Association Decries Shortage Of Preoperative Nurses In Nigeria

Members of the Medical Surgical Nursing at the 14TH Biennial General Meeting, 23rd Scientific Session and 37th Council Meeting of West African College Nursing in Abuja   Photo: Johnson Udeani/BJO/NAN/file

By Victor Ernest with agency report

The National Association of Preoperative Nurses (NAPON) said on Thursday that shortage of preoperative nurses in the nation’s health sector has affected the management of surgical patients.

Adeyeni Babatunde, National Chairman of the association, said this during the 2nd Annual National Executive Council meeting of NAPON in Umuahia.

According to him, preoperative nurses have the responsibility of managing the operating theatre and surgical care of patients.

Shortage of manpower

He said the shortage of manpower in the profession had given rise to the overburdening of available preoperative nurses.

”In most hospitals, the job meant for at least six preoperative nurses is done by either two or three preoperative nurses.

”The situation seems to be degenerating because most preoperative nurses are retiring and the retired ones are yet to be replaced in the various health facilities across the nation.

”We implore the relevant agencies to ensure that more perioperative nurses are employed, so that operating theatres will be manned by skilled perioperative nurses,” he said.

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