The Nursing Services of FMC Azare came into existence in the year 2001, with some inherited staff of General Hospital Azare, from which the Centre took over at its present site, and commenced operation with 6 wards, namely:
Male Medical, Male Surgical, Female Medical, Female Surgical, Paediatric, and Maternity wards.
Other units of the Hospital include Casualty and Main Operating Theatre.
At present, the Centre has 17 wards, 10 Clinics, an Accident and Emergency Complex, as well as 2 Operating Theatres, under the management of the Head of Department.
MISSION AND VISION
To provide a compassionate and respectful environment for all members of our community and combine physical and Social sciences, Nursing theory and technology in caring for our clients through effective management of available human and material resources, for all ages.
The entire Nurses support the mission of the centre, through full participation in all the programmes of the hospital:
- To provide high quality, affordable, acceptable and efficient nursing care with due respect for human rights and ones values of our consumers in our rural settings and tries to maintain professional standards.
- Provide quality Nursing Services to our clients/patients by promoting and restoring their health as well as prevent diseases.
- Provide individualized, holistic and evidenced based Nursing care.
- Establish effective communication, co-operation and co-ordination with other health professionals and administrative services involved in the planning and delivery of patient care.
- Maintain a positive work atmosphere with due respect for each other thereby creating trust and job satisfaction.
- Maintain standard for professional practice among nurses by implementing a continuous in-service education programme.
- Assess and evaluate our quality of nursing care rendered through quality assurance and control.
- Monitor Nursing activities and initiate corrective measures when necessary.
- Aspire to discharge our duties in the spirit of care effective, cost effective, professionally compliant with the available resources.
COMPONENTS OF NURSING SERVICES
As the largest and a very diversified section, Nursing Services is present in almost every aspect of healthcare delivery in the following context:
- Patient care delivery with patient centered, family and community care approach to ensure restoration of pre-morbid activities of daily living, palliative care.
- Qualitative improvement through information technology system.
- Collaboration practice internally and externally in order to meet with exiting global standards.
- Nursing actions, planned and prioritized provided for patient participation, health promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
OUR APPROACH TO QUALITY ASSURANCE OF SERVICE
Our approach ensures that our nurses are well trained and possess expected professional competence; having received authorized education and training and have acquired required knowledge, skills and attitudes.
A person’s educational achievement and experience are used to determine the person’s qualification for functioning in an identified specialty area; hence the department encourages employment, training and appropriate posting into specialized areas.LICENSURE
Our Nurses always maintains Valid and current practicing license;, issued and endorse by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The Administrative organ of the Department comprises of:
- Chief Nursing Officer as the Acting head of the Department
- Two Deputies: (One Deputy HNS Admin. and One Deputy HNS Clinical)
- Four Co-Coordinators (who are Senior. CNS); with each heading a coordinating unit as shown below:
- Medico-Surgical Coordinating Unit comprises of:
- Male Surgical Ward
- Female Surgical Ward
- Paediatric ward
- Male Medical ward
- Female Medical Ward
- Emergency Paediatric ward
- Special Care Baby Unit
- Labour ward
- Ante-natal ward
- Post-natal Ward
- Gynae Ward
- Gynae Emergency Ward
- Eclamptic Ward
- Ante-natal Clinic
- Main operating Theatre
- Accident and Emergency Triage
- Accident and Emergency Wards
- Amenity Ward
- Dialysis Unit
- National Health Insurance Scheme (clinic)
- General Out Patient Clinic
- Medical Outpatient Clinic
- Surgical Outpatient Clinic
- Paeditric outpatient Clinic
- Orthopaedic outpatient Clinic
- Psychiatric outpatient Clinic
- Ophthalmology Clinic
- DOT Clinic
- HIV Counseling and Therapy Clinic
- Ear Nose and Throat Clinic
OUR HUMAN RESOURCES
Nursing Services Department of Federal Medical Centre Offer services in specialized areas with 277 Nurses and 285 health attendants. In addition to our license to practice General Nursing, Some of our Nurses are also licensed in accident and emergency, Anaesthesia, peri-operative, Intensive care, ophthalmic, Orthopaedics, Midwifery, paediatric, psychiatry, and hospital infection control, Ear, Nose and Throat.
WORKING COMMITTEES OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
1 - Continuing Education Committee
The Committee is headed by a Chief Nursing officer and assisted by other cadre of Nurses. Functions:
- They conduct continuous education for developmental growth in form of fortnightly presentations, workshops and seminars.
- Orientation programmes for newly employed nurses and ward orderlies.
- Organize, teach and monitoring application of nursing process to ensure quality care.
2 - Quality Assurance Committee
- To access the quality of performance in provision of nursing care and management of other services within patients’ environment.
- To provide nursing personnel with information on their level of performance in relation to set standards in the organization.
- To serve as a tool to increase awareness on medico-legal implications of nursing practices.
- To identify specific needs for additional in-service training of personnel and staff development.
- To provide statistical data concerning the management process of organized nursing services and utilization of resources.
3 - Infection Control Committee: Functions include:
- checking and inspecting the cleanliness of wards and clinics.
- Monitoring and control of contaminations by ensuring proper use of standard precaution.
- Checking and monitoring the handling and disposal of sharps and infectious materials where applicable.
- Establishing protocols that are essential in the prevention of the spread of infection.
- inspecting and monitoring the use of appropriate procedures for insertion and care of devices to reduce the device related infections.
4 - DISPLINARY COMMITTEE
Function to undertake displinary measures on both senior and junior staff that committed minor offenses in the department.
In conclusion, a lot have been achieved since inception; in areas of manpower development, infrastructures, and job satisfaction. But more are required, to ensure that we meet with the demand of the time.