The Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi has cautioned the Nursing and Midwifery fraternity that use of un prescribed uniform is disrespectful of the Ethical Code of Conduct of the Nursing and Midwifery profession and punishable by law.
The warning comes after observing that some Nurses and Midwives are failing to observe the stipulated dressing code and that certain employers or hospital owners do have their own uniforms without seeking an approval from the governing body.
The Council has since demanded that at all times the Nurses and Midwives should maintain standards of personal and professional conduct which reflect credit upon the professional image.
“This serves also as a reminder to all employers, hospital owners, that in accordance with the Nurses and Midwives council Act No 16 of 1985. Cap 36.02 Nurses and Midwives Council is the sole prescriber of Nurses and Midwives Uniform in Malawi as such no hospital should have its own uniform without the authorization of the Nurses and Midwives Council,” reads a statement signed by its Registrar.
The Registrar explains that the Council has standardized uniform to all Nurses and Midwives working in both private and public facilities to maintain uniformity among the Nursing and Midwifery personnel in the country.
According to the Registrar, the appeal to always up hold the dressing code is in best interest of their Nursing and Midwifery profession.
“The Council is hereby informing all Hospital Directors, District Health Officers, District Nursing and Midwifery Officers, Nursing and Midwifery Managers, Nurses and Midwives in all health facilities and training institutions to strictly observe the stipulated and approved new dressing code,” adds the Registrar.
According to the information made available by the Council; General Nurses in public, private or CHAM hospitals, have to put on a white top with navy blue boarder line in arms, collar and pockets plus a navy blue bottom (skirts or trousers) while Nurse Specialist beside public,private, CHAM (Mission) hospitals, it is a white top with navy blue boarder line and navy bottom (skirt or trousers).
Lectures and Tutors uniform is all navy blue bottom boarder line collar, arm and pockets whereas Chief Nursing Officer, Principal Nursing Officer or Matron the official dressing is all sky blue bottom top with boarder line arm and pockets.
The Council has mandated Community Health Nurses to be in all light green bottom top with boarder line collar, arm and pockets but Community Midwifery Assistant are supposed to be in dark green with white boarder lines, no badges or caps.
As for Epaulettes, Registered Nurse/Midwife is using white with green boarder line and green budge while Nursing/ Midwife Technician have been allowed to use white with maroon boarder line and maroon badge.
Sensitive that there are others who prefer dresses, the Council has said that all bedside Nurses it is white dress with navy blue boarder line while tutors is navy blue with white boarder line.
The Council has however cautioned that no dress should be a mixture of navy blue bottom and white top and that Skirts and Dresses should be below the knees and not provocative.
The Council has also stressed that official shoes is black, white or brown but flat shoe with no high heels.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :