The Ghana Registered Nurses’ and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA), formerly Ghana Registered Nurses’ Association (GRNA) is a Professional Association for all categories of Nurses in Ghana. The Association was founded in March 1960 as a result of a merger of two professional nursing Associations the Qualified Nurses Association headed by Mr. Mettle-Nunoo and the State Registered Nurses Association led by Dr. Docial Kisseih with the mission to provide a central organization that would advance the interest of the nursing profession in Ghana and internationally. The purpose of the merger was the need for Ghana to present on Nursing/Midwifery Association to represent the country at the International Council of Nurses. As a result of the merger Dr. Docia Kisseih became the first president and Mr. Mettle Nunoo became the first general secretary. It is a Professional Association independent and non-partisan in nature. The GRNMA is the exclusive mouthpiece for all nurses in matters affecting them.
The Association exist as a professional body as incorporated under the NRC Decree 143. (Professional Bodies Registration) with Registration number PB-13. Its headquarters is at Accra with branches all over the country. The motto of the GRNMA is “unity is strength”.
- To become leaders of frontline health service providers and formidable team palyers in the health care continuum.
- To develop the nurse professionally to cope with contemporary challenges of the profession towards the promotion of the health of our clientele and their socio-economic status.
Membership of GRNMA is open to all nurses/midwives in Ghana registered or enrolled by the Nurses and Midwives’ Council for Ghana. Membership is acquired and maintained through registration and payment of monthly and other dues instituted by the GRNMA. Life membership of the Association is open to retired, or disabled and maimed nurses who can never return to active service; upon payment of a prescribed fee.
ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION
The organization structure of the Association is positioned to facilitate communication and implementation of policies.
- Local Branches: These are the unit structures of the Association that exist in all health care facilities in Ghana.
- District Branches: Are established in all districts as the decentralized functional areas of the GRNMA.
- Regional Branches: Supervise the decentralized areas and link them up to the national secretariat.
- National Executive Committee (NEC)
The National Executive of nine, elected quadrennially, headed by the president of the GRNMA with executive powers to implement policies and decisions taken by the National Council and National Delegates Conference.
- National Council
The National Council constituted by the National Executive and Regional Chairpersons and Secretaries meet quarterly to formulate policies and promote the business of the GRNMA.
- National Delegates, Conference
The National Delegates Conference is the highest body of the Association and this is held biennially to discuss issues that affect the Association.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
As enshrined in the Association constitution, the functions of the GRNMA are to:
Bring all practising nurses/midwives in Ghana under a unified body
- Advance the interest of the nursing/midwifery profession
- Promote a better understanding and dignity of the profession
- Maintain the honour and independence of the profession with special reference to professional standard, conduct, discipline and etiquette.
- Promote nursing/midwifery research
- Affiliate and promote good relations with the International Council of Nurses Commonwealth Nurses Federation, International confederation of Midwives and similar organization of Nurses in other countries.
- Promote and support law reforms on matters affecting the nursing/midwifery profession