By Chioma Obinna
With the ratio of one nurse to 30 patients in most hospitals across the nation, management of National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu (NOHE) says the establishment of a Post Basic School of Nursing in the hospital is aimed at improving the poor ratio of nurses to patient in the country, particularly in the area of orthopaedic, burns/plastic nursing.
The Chief Medical Director Dr. Chukwuemeka Eze in a chat with Good Health Weekly said the schoolÂ is currently being repositioned to ensure that shortage of nurses is a thing of the past.
HeÂ pointed out that the need to establish burns/plastic nursing programme was due to the rising incidences of road traffic, industrial and burns accidents with injuries affecting the neuro-musculosketal systems.
â€œThrough this programme, interested nurses have the opportunity of being trained locally instead of seeking admission overseas which may be difficult to get. By this, the countryâ€™s foreign exchange that would have been spent to send nurses overseas for the same training that obtains in this school is savedâ€
He added that â€œThe orthopaedic/burns/plastic nursing is directed towards the achievement of better health which consequently must be based on knowledge derived from the biological, physical and behaviourial sciences relevant to the understanding of human nature. Continuing education is therefore necessary for enhancing professional growth, competency and efficiency in achieving effective healthcare at all levels.â€
The programme would enable the students to acquire specialised skill in the nursing care of orthopaedic/burns and plastic patients using available resources effectively, function dependently and initiate and participate in research activities directed towards improvement of nursing care of patient with orthopaedic/burns and plastic conditions.
Speaking on state of Infrastructure in the school, Eze explained that the school has a conducive learning environment adding that there are plansÂ to expandÂ to accommodate more post basic programmes in future.
The hospital has the only facility for plastic and burns nursing training in West African sub- region, a modern prosthetic and orthoticÂ workshop, still unique in the entire west African sub region for perfection of the use of polypropylene technology inÂ manufacture of prostheses.