Nursing and Midwifery are essential part of the health service delivery system in which health promotion, disease prevention; curative and rehabilitative health strategies are applied. Registered Nurses and Midwives play a vital role in providing, leading and coordinating care that are compassionate, evidence‐based, and person-centred. The clinical nursing and midwifery skills for Nurses and Midwives are of paramount importance not only to provide comprehensive care but also to enhance clinical competencies. The ability to think critically and provide evidence‐based care is at the heart of the role of the nurse and the midwife in the 21st century:...
The purpose of these Procedure Manuals is to equip Nurses and Midwives with basic clinical skills, which will enable them to discharge their responsibilities as well as to develop uniformity in the discharge of their professional duties. The manuals draw together up‐to‐date procedures and practices, providing an essential resource of current knowledge against which nurses and midwives can critically analyze the judgements they exercise in a variety of clinical settings in a consistent format which is in compliance with the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857).
Since the manuals were first published in 1996, they have gained a strong national reputation and are being used by Nurses and Midwives across the country, ensuring that their practice are both evidence-based and effective. As such, and with the ever‐increasing availability of clinical information to all those with vested interests in healthcare, the regular updating of these manuals are of greater significance.
These Nursing and Midwifery Procedure Manuals contain very useful information on procedures on:
Community Psychiatric Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Public Health Nursing
One huge strength of these manuals have been that they have benefited from contributions from nursing and midwifery practitioners who are both experts and active in clinical practice and teaching. There are additional valuable contributions from other Expert Reviewers.
The rationales underpinning the procedures are drawn from a breadth of resources. As would be expected, these include research findings, national and professional guidelines, and policy, Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013 (Act 857), International Council of Nurses, International Confederation of Midwives and others.
Keeping an up-to-date nursing and midwifery procedure manuals also involve embracing new technologies, and as such, the manuals' online version has been available on the N&MC Mobile App and website for ease of reference and also to increase accessibility.
Foremost, the Council is grateful to God for the guidance to develop these revised Nursing Midwifery Procedure Manuals.
The Council recognizes the immense contributions of the under listed persons for their tireless efforts and valuable contributions towards the development of the first edition of these manuals:
Mrs. Ruth Gyang - Registrar/Chief Executive, Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana
Miss Veronica Darko - Deputy Registrar, Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana
Miss Beatrice Kumako - Supervisory Authority (Psychiatry), Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana
Mrs. Eva Mensah - Supervisory Authority (Gen) Nurses and Midwives for Ghana
Mrs. Felicia Dagadu - Supervisory Authority (Public Health) Nurses and Midwives Council for Ghana
Mrs. Margaret Nkrumah - PNO, Ed. N.T.C. Kumasi
Mrs. Mary Avorsey - SNO, Gen. Paed. Unit Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
Mr. Said Al Hussein - PNO, I/C Ankaful N.T.C Cape Coast
Miss Fanny D. Hayfron - SNO, Gen. Med/Surg., Cape Coast Hospital
Miss Hanna Hagan - SNO, Gen. Med/Surg. Cape Coast Hospital
Miss Victoria Anador - SNO, Gen. Sekondi Hospital
Lt. Col. Gladys Okwanin - N.T.C., Military Hospital
The Council also extends its gratitude to all persons who contributed to the review of these manuals. Their tireless and meticulous revision of the manuals is highly commendable.
Worthy of mention is the strategic and transformational leadership role exhibited by the Registrar, Mr. Felix Nyante towards the review of these manuals which are now digitized within the framework of the 4th Industrial revolution (4IR)
The following persons are duly acknowledged for the respective roles they played in the review of these manuals.
Prof. Lydia Aziato - Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Ghana, Legon