It will no longer be all fun and games for both graduate and undergraduate nurses in terms of employment. This is so because the Health Ministry has given a hint of a possible halt in the direct and easy recruitment process of nurses into the health sector from the year 2018. This simply means that Ghanaian graduate trainee nurses will have to apply and justify their suitability for the jobs that will be available in the health sector.
This was revealed by the Health Minister, Alex Segbefia, who explained that most undergraduate nurses no longer take the profession seriously as they are sure of guaranteed job placements after school.
The Health Minister gave this hint at a public sensitization forum held in Ho for the conversion of the Volta Regional Hospital into a Teaching Hospital. The hospital is expected to be re-designated as a Teaching Hospital by the end of September 2016.
The forum was to engage various stakeholders in the process of converting the Volta Regional Hospital popularly called ‘Trafalgar’ into a Teaching Hospital. At the forum, concerns were raised by some participants over the motivation for nurses who will be working in the hospital after it has been converted into a Teaching Hospital. This then led to Mr. Segbefia’s comments on nurses’ recruitment process.
Job guarantee after nursing training college has been the major basis for the massive rush into the profession. But such platform will no longer exist from 2018 according to the Health Minister. Nurses trainees will have to join the job market just as any other graduate from any tertiary institution.
Earlier in April, unemployed nurses had staged a demonstration with different placards protesting against the delay by the health Ministry in their posting.
Having discovered this development, who can then tell the fate of Ghanaian graduate trainee nurses come the year 2018?