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70 percent of nurses yet to reach standards of professional nursing

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/05/2016)

70% of nurses are yet to reach the national level of professional nursing.

Chief of Nurse, Dr. ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu told Radio and Television Tonga News this morning.

Dr. Tu’ipulotu says a survey was conducted in 2015 and showed the urgent need to improve their standard of professionalism in serving the patients in the Ministry of Health.

She adds they are currently reviewing the Nurse Act 2001 specifically on the code of conduct and code of ethics.

“Nursing work in Tonga should reach the standard of professionalism to ensure that they work accordingly to the Nursing Ethics and Code of Conduct. This is not only to save lives but to also treat the patients with care and love and to help promote good health among the people.”

This is part of the Ministry of Health’s concern that needs to be addressed while celebrating the International Nurses Day today, May 12th.

The theme for this year is ” A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience.”

More than 300 nurses currently served at the Ministry of Health.

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