Bayelsa Nurses Get Internship Assurance From Governor Dickson
It was a day for pregnant women and nursing mothers to see a promise made to them by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, fulfilled and those who take care of them, nurses, have gotten a share of the state's blessings.
For the pregnant women and nursing mothers, the government of the state had promised to pay them 3,000 Naira every month and the payment is expected to kick off on the last day of October.
While they awaited their payments, the governor made a statement that was of benefit to the nurses in the state.
"Graduate nurses can now take their internship in Bayelsa State," Governor Dickson said.
It was a statement greeted with cheers from the nurses present at the venue, showing how important it was to them.
Before now, graduate nurses of Bayelsa origin go for their internship in Federal Hospitals outside the state because the hospitals in the state were not equipped to accommodate such internship.
Governor Dickson told the gathering at the D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall that the internship now available was part of his 'Restoration Agenda'.
He did not say whether the nurses on internship would be paid or not, but the announced approval brought a feeling of relief to the nurses.
A a Chief Nursing Officer with the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Mrs Elizabeth Ouserogha-Usen, said it was a thing of joy for graduate nurses and others in the state when they heard the news of the approval.
"When we heard the news, we were overwhelmed with joy because this is something we have looked forward to.
"It will increase the clinical skills of our graduate nurses.
"After graduation, nurses are meant to undertake a one-year internship programme in a hospital to improve their practical skill in nursing.
"So, it is mainly for graduate nurses.
"The Governor has just graciously approved that programme.
"It has been signed about two years ago by he has just approved it for the programme to run in Bayelsa.
"It is not exclusively for Bayelsa indigenes, but I want to believe it will start with the indigenes, but it is open to everybody.
"Hospitals that have training facilities in Bayelsa State for such internship programme are the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa," Mrs Ouserogha-Usen said.
On what the process would be like, the Chief Nursing Officer said interested nurses would be called for interview like every other professional and those who scaled through would be giving a space for internship.
On whether the nurses would be paid by the state government, she said: "We want to believe that since he has approved it it will be captured in the Budget".
Whether the government is attaching a payment to the one-year internship or how much would be paid to each nurse per month, the government is yet to say.
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