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April 15, 2022 at 11:03 am #3558Solutions James
Earlier this week, the case of a nurse in lagos affiliated with a clinic (felobam alpha clinic) who performed a surgical Operation that led to the death of a woman has taken over the internet. It started with a twitter user who detailed the event below:
It gathered a response from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja (LASUTH) and the state hospital monitoring services (HEFEMA) who have not shut down the facility.
In a response on social media today, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives have taken a position. Below is a content of their message:
RE: LAGOS NURSE PERFORMS SURGERY ON EDO WOMAN
The attention of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Lagos State Council has been drawn to the news circulating about a Nurse who was alleged to have carried out surgery on a woman who eventually died.
We want to first commiserate with the family, friends and associates of the Patient who died. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief.
As an association, we are monitoring the investigation of the appropriate authorities keenly and gathering information on the case. We want to state unequivocally that we do not condone nor tolerate professionals stepping outside of their competencies and scope of practice.
The Scope of practice of Nurses as of today in Nigeria does not include carrying out such an operation as was said to have been done on the Patient and regulations do not permit such procedure to be carried out in a Convalescent home as the facility was described to be. In countries where Nurses are permitted to carry out such procedures, appropriate training and legislative frameworks are usually in place.
Therefore, if the allegation is confirmed to be true, the association will stand to condemn the act and advocate for the application of the appropriate punishment as prescribed in Law. We would equally present it to the Tribunal of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for Disciplinary actions.
The Association would never defend or put its weight behind any member who is found to be operating beyond his or her scope of practice.
Again, we extend our condolences to the family and associates of the patient to whom this loss is most devastating.
NANNM Lagos State Council
April 16, 2022 at 7:03 am #3562Kanyinsola Arojojoye
Code of conduct & the legal implications in nursing practice should be a drill, right in nursing schools and during renewal of licence atleast it will encourage nurses to remember it and avoid negativity.
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