Nursing is one of Ghana’s noble professions under the jurisdiction of the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health. Though we see a lot of Nurses from time to time in their uniforms, most people can hardly make out the meaning of a Nurse’s uniform or even tell of the rank.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has classified the uniform of nurses based on qualifications and area of specialty. What this means is nurses with a certificate qualification have different uniforms likewise those with diplomas and degree qualifications. Aside from academic qualifications, a nurse’s uniform may be different depending on the rank or even one’s area of specialty. That is, whether they are General Nurses, Midwives, Nurses Practioner, etc.
In this post, we will assist our readers with the available Nurses’ uniforms and what they signify in the Ghana Health Service.
Nursing Uniforms in Ghana
Certificate Nurses Uniform in Ghana
Nurses with the certificate qualification often have a study duration of two (years) or less. They usually enroll in programs such as Nurses Assistant Curative (NAC) or Nurses Assistant Preventive (NAC). Certificate Nurses have been assigned to wear a brown uniform by the Ghana Health Service dress code.
Community Health Nurses Uniform in Ghana
Community Health Nurses currently referred to as public health nurses have been assigned to wear a green uniform with a white collar.
Diploma Nurses Uniform in Ghana
Nurses with diploma qualification study for a three (3) year duration either at a Nursing Training College or a University. After completion, they are required to wear a green uniform with a white armband and collar as prescribed by the Ghana Health Service.
Degree Nurses Uniform in Ghana
Degree Nurses are required to study for a four (4) year duration period at an accredited university. The Ghana Health Service has prescribed a white uniform for nurses with this qualification.
Diploma Midwives Uniform in Ghana
Nurses with diploma qualifications in midwifery are required to study for a three (3) year duration either at a Nursing Training College or a University. After completion, they are required to wear a green uniform with a white armband and a black belt as prescribed by the Ghana Health Service.
Degree Midwives Uniform in Ghana
Degree Midwives are required to study for a four (4) year duration period at an accredited university. The Ghana Health Service has prescribed a white uniform with a black belt for midwives with this qualification.
Nurse Practitioners Uniform
A Nursing practitioner may either be a degree or certificate holder. They do not have any specific attire prescribed to them by Ghana Health Services. However, they are required to appear in a decent and appropriate dress code in their line of work.
Senior Nursing Officer Uniform
A senior nursing officer may either be a diploma or degree nurse who has risen through the ranks of Nursing as per the Ghana Health Service requirements. Senior Nursing officers are required to dress in blue attire when in their line of duty.
Nurses may also dress up in other forms of attire such as scrubs depending on the facility of work.