New nurses Society reject criticism
The President of the new Society of Private Nurses and Midwives Incorporated has rejected claims that Samoa has room for only one association for nurses.
The new group had come under fire from the existing Samoa Nurses' Association President which said the new organisation threatened to fracture the profession's political power.
In a press statement issued by the new society, President Ms. Lui, said their group is legal and are entitled to freedom of association noted under the Constitution of Samoa.
Ms. Lui pointed to the Societies Ordinance Act 1952 administered by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour, saying they have met all the legal requirements to become a legal entity.
“As professionals and individuals, this Society was formed on the basis of support, professional integrity, and dignity to affirm our freedom of association guaranteed to us under the Constitution of Samoa,” the President is quoted as saying in the statement.
“…To provide specialist support and a valued voice for our nurses in the private sector. We are excited about the opportunity afforded to us to work together with our counterparts in government in collaborating with the Samoa Nurses Association to build a stronger Samoa as we are better together.”
The President added she hopes this clarifies any misunderstanding or confusion from the Samoa Nurses Association or members of the public may have.
“We thank the Samoa Nurses Association President Solialofi Papalii for her wisdom and concern for the people of Samoa and our profession.”
In a recent interview with the President of S.N.A., Ms. Papali'i cautioned against having two associations for nurses saying it could potentially cause an unwanted tug-of-war between nurses.
The President said she was surprised with the establishment of the new nurses and midwifery group that recently launched.
Furthermore, she said legally there is only one nurse and midwifery association established by law.
Ms. Papali'i expressed concerns that having two societies that have the same purpose and goal for nurses will only create tension among members.
“It’s a must to have one association because all the issues faced by private nurses can be raised and addressed by the main body,” she said. “But when it comes to people’s feelings and objectives of why it was established that is a totally different issue.”
Ms. Papali'i said the main goal of the nurses association is to ensure the safety of Samoa and that should be the ultimate objective and not just for the purpose of seeking funding.