TRAINEE nurses at the Solomon Islands College High Education have been accused over their alleged ‘insulting and disgraceful’ attitude shown on Saturday.
This was after they allegedly behaved unprofessionally after their work shift on Saturday while the body of a senior nurse who died that day was lying in the hospital morgue.
Oliver Billy Metewi from the Ministry of Health told the Solomon Star that it was a disgraceful act shows by the students.
A frustrated Mr Metewi said at about 12:10pm the trainee nurses left their respective wards of observation at National Referral Hospital and were making their way to the school bus that was waiting just outside the Outpatients Department.
He said just two meters adjacent to where the bus was stationed laid the body of the mentor in the National Referral Hospital morgue in which they saw and walked past laughing.
Mr Metewi said as the students were boarding the bus they were laughing, yelling, ridiculing and tantalising each other.
“My relatives who were very close to the mentor were passing by and shedding tears as a sign of respect and sorrow we had for the mentor.
“But these students just kept on yelling and laughing and it was very unethical as they were very disrespectful,” he said.
He said according to the Nursing Code of ethics section 2 subsection 1, it states: “Nurses should respect each person’s values, cultural differences and persons individual needs.”
“And subsection 3 states ‘Nurses should respect traditional practices as being part of treatment in Solomon Islands’.
“This reaffirms the character and behavior expected of a Nightingale like nurse.
“However, the behavior shown by these trainees reflect how our futures nurses will be treating and behaving in front of their patients and their relatives, this is unbelievable”, he said
“I want to remind these trainees that the man they are mocking is one of the guys who through his ability, skills, knowledge and tireless hard work had contributed in shaping and structuring the Nursing Service in Solomon Islands and bringing it to what it is today; and by which you will be benefiting.
“And mind you the passing of this special man is regretted and his fine contribution will be missed greatly by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. He is truly a nursing legend,” Mr Metewi said.
He urged the Head of Nursing School to discipline his students.
By DOUGLAS MARAU
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