Mudukaki started practising nursing in 1952 and worked in Iganga and Tororo district hospitals before she was deployed at Mulago National Referral Hospital. Upon her retirement, Mudukaki worked as a school nurse at Buddo Senior Secondary School for six years, before opening a private clinic that she later closed after developing cardiac challenges.
90-year-old Alice Nakanyike Mudukaki, a retired nurse has received
recognition for her contribution to the professionalisation of nursing. Mudukaki,
who currently lives a quiet life in Ngandu village, in Nabuti zone, in Mukono
district, retired from Mulago National Referral Hospital in 1990.
Mudukaki started practising nursing in 1952 and
worked in Iganga and Tororo district hospitals before she was deployed at Mulago
National Referral Hospital. Upon her retirement, Mudukaki worked as a
school nurse at Buddo Senior Secondary School for six years, before opening a
private clinic that she later closed after developing cardiac challenges.
While awarding honouring Mudukaki with a certificate of good
service during their annual celebrations in Kamuli district on Thursday last
week, nurses hailed her for her strictness on the essence of service above self.
Mudukaki told journalists that all the students placed under her supervision at
Mulago National Referral Hospital often referred to her as "Hitler,"
because of her strict enforcement of professional ethics.
"We are called sisters because of the love we extend to patients
during their recovery process. Therefore, since I insisted on such values, some
students resorted to name-calling me instead and a bigger section of them often
referred to me as Hitler," she said.
Mudukaki noted with concern the current
supervision gaps, which she said have contributed to the graduation of poor
quality nurses with limited compassion for their patients. She explains that in
their days, they used to make juice for their patients and watch over them beyond
their designated schedules, which is no longer the case.
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Jennifer Kakai, the retired assistant Mbale District
Health Officer, said that Mudukaki offered her skills in selfless service,
which largely contributed to the success of her career.
tipped us on ensuring our patient’s wellbeing above individual needs, an
attribute which enabled me to excel throughout my nursing career," she said.
Sister Grace Ojilot, a retired public health nurse
said that Mudukaki tipped them on the value of timekeeping, which allows
nurses to effectively address their patient’s needs.
"When deployed at
Sister Mudukaki's ward, timekeeping was a must as it enabled us to effectively
interact with several patients and attend to their needs with ease," she
Mudukaki's daughter, Florence Musoke says despite
retiring from active service about 30-years ago, her mother has continued to
receive gifts from her former patients and colleagues expressing gratitude
towards the above self-health care service she extended to them.
Justus Cherop, the president of the Uganda Nurses and
Midwives Union-UNMU challenged the government to provide a special budget aimed to enable the capacity building of nurses, which will help them to excel in their
career paths just as their mentor, Mudukaki did.
According to the public service minister, Muruli Mukasa, the government is committed to ensuring the capacity building of nurses with modern skills to handle patients' needs amidst pandemics and other epidemics.
Muruli notes that the government through the statehouse has already allocated 20 scholarships to nurses with the aim of furthering the education of specialized nurses from reputable institutions abroad.