Lagos- Dr Wale Oke, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on Wednesday urged nurses to utilise modern technology in discharging their duties.
Oke made the plea at the 9th LASUTH Nurses Annual Conference entitled “Realisation of Nurses Potential – Quest for Change” in Lagos.
He said, “Nurses need to apply a strong scientific foundation to develop, implement and evaluate nursing care delivery approaches using advanced communication skills for improvement of care delivery.
“Information technology is very crucial to manage patients’ information and input data for analysis and research.
“Nurses should embrace this and be very conversant with it.”
Oke urged nurses to collaborate with other health professionals for quality care.
According to him, cultivation of positive attitude is also very important as nurses are always the first contact in all our hospitals.
Also speaking, Mrs Olushola Olatunde, the Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Lagos State Council, urged nurses to start the realisation of their potential.
“The nursing profession has diversified into law, medicine, consultancy, peace and conflict resolution management, social works and politics.
“As nurses, we need to act well, prophesy good and believe that the future holds a lot for the nursing profession through our synthetic efforts and commitment to quality service,” she said.
In her remark, Mrs Modupe Shode, the Assistant Director, Nursing Services at LASUTH, urged nurses to maintain cordial working relationship with other health workers.
“Nurses need to be full partners with the physicians and other healthcare professionals to develop healthcare strategies that will increase consumers’ needs for safe and quality healthcare.
“We nurses need to apply a strong scientific foundation to develop, implement and evaluate nursing care delivery approaches.
“Use advanced communication and policy skills to improve patients’ outcomes through the development, evaluation and improvements of practice initiatives,” Shode said. (NAN)