The Nurse’s Uniform; Very Dangerous! to wear to work-Here’s Why

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The Nurse’s Uniform; Very Dangerous! to wear to work-Here’s Why.




The Nurse’s Uniform; Very Dangerous! to wear to work-Here’s Why
The nurses’ uniforms are so common that it is almost impossible not to spot them wherever you may be out and about across Ghana. Albeit, some of them change into their uniforms at work, majority of them wear their uniforms to and from work. Jumping from Taxi to Trotro through to Ayaalolo and recently Uber of course, they don’t have the luxury of staff busses to get to work and, they aren’t lucky enough to be allocated with a nurses’ quarters like few of their colleagues who live within the hospital environs. Some of these nurses commute from home to the hospital through Markets, Shopping Malls, and even picking and hugging kids from school while in uniform.

The Nurse’s Uniform; Very Dangerous! to wear to work-Here’s Why
This attitude or act posses a lot of negative and positive consequences to the nurses and the people around them.

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Years back, when nurses in uniforms get some special treatment from the community made it lovely for nurses to wear their uniforms to work.

Its unfortunate that things have changed in these recent times for numerous reasons.




In this write up, I will outline some possible dangers nurses might face when they wear uniforms outside the hospital especially at night .

INFECTIONS

As a matter of urgency I think the manner in which the Ghana health workers uniforms is used should be a major public health concern that needs to be addressed immediately, considering the emerging highly resistant infectious diseases such as, covid-19 and the newly found swine flu and other health issues around the world.

It has been suggested that, the health workers clothing can be a reservoir for the transmission of microorganisms’ therefore, wearing this uniform outside the hospital walls can be dangerous because the spread of pathogens becomes inevitable. Besides, available data published by the journal of public health and epidemiology and other health journals across the globe has confirmed the presence of bacteria on the uniforms irrespective of whether they wear a gown or aprons on top of their uniforms. For instance countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Canada and many others have acknowledged the problem by barring the wearing of hospital clothing outside the workplace.

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In order to protect our valued health workers and their immediate families’ as well as the community and the general public from current and future contagious diseases .I respectfully suggest the creation of a policy to limit public exposure to hospital-based microorganisms through their uniform. For example if all nurses are made to wear the ‘scrub class’, wearing it to public places will be unattractive.




ROBBERY MENACE

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In recent times, nurses across the country have been living with fear of robbery attacks on their way to and from work. It’s rather unfortunate that some number of nurses have been victims of such circumstances which even led to death of some of them. RIP to their souls!!

This can be as a result of the fact that nurses are easily identified in the community per their unique uniform while moving form home to their various work places.

This subjects them to robbery attacks especially in the nights. Nurses are been attacked, get their phones seized, to the extent that some suffer rape and even death.

SUGGESTED POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

I think the authorities of  Nurses and Midwives in Ghana must help their members out of this situations.Health  Facilities must employ the SCRUB CLASS POLICY, where health workers are strictly admonished to wear scrubs on the clinical settings.

The Nurse’s Uniform; Very Dangerous! to wear to work-Here’s Why
Nurses in scrubs
The Nurse’s Uniform; Very Dangerous! to wear to work-Here’s Why
Nurses in scrubs

Nurses must get additional attire (official or unofficial) which will be used outside the clinical settings.

Over the years, various unions and associations within the nursing fraternity have provided their membership with clothes and other apparels.

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I’m quite happy with the recent developments with regards to additional attire.

Many have devised was of customizing various clothes and T-shirts with Ghana Health Service logo and inscriptions.




Its highly advisable for uniformed health workers to wear these customized attire when going to and from work place. This will make it difficult for bad people identify them.It help reduce this canker.

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