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Emergency Nurses in Nigeria Face Poor Working Conditions

Emergency nurses in Nigeria are expressing concern over the poor working conditions they face in government hospitals across the country [1]. These dedicated healthcare professionals are dealing with a range of challenges that are impacting their ability to provide quality care to patients in need.

Shortage of Nurses:
One of the major issues faced by emergency nurses in Nigeria is a shortage of staff. According to the Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), there is a significant shortage of nurses in Nigerian hospitals [1]. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a ratio of one nurse to four patients, but in Nigeria, it is currently one nurse to between 50 and 100 patients [1]. This shortage puts a strain on the nurses and affects their ability to provide efficient and prompt care.

Lack of Basic Resources:
Emergency nurses also struggle with a lack of basic resources in their work environment. Inadequate facilities, poor water and electricity supply, and a lack of necessary equipment are common challenges faced by these healthcare professionals [1]. These conditions make it difficult for nurses to deliver care effectively and safely.

Working Conditions and Well-being:
Emergency nurses in Nigeria often work long hours, with some being placed on 12-hour shifts to save lives [1]. However, their own well-being and welfare are not given priority. This can lead to burnout and negatively impact the quality of care they provide. Additionally, issues such as delayed payment of uniform allowances further contribute to the dissatisfaction among nurses [1].


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