Some female student nurses at Bulawayo’s United Bulawayo Hospitals reportedly held a striptease party in which they sneaked in alcohol at the party to celebrate completing their course at the hospital, The Sunday Mail reports.
The incident reportedly occurred last week after they received their final year results and organised a party to celebrate their achievements.
Authorities at the hospital caught the student nurses and decided to publish them by withholding their certificates and sending them back to the wards for one more week according to UBH acting chief executive officer Dr Narcisius Dzvanga who said:
I got that news but they are going home on Monday (tomorrow). It was a disciplinary issue, nothing personal.
They passed and they started misbehaving within the complex and it was decided that releasing people into the world with that attitude was not good. So, it was just a punitive measure taken.
It was just incorrect behaviour that we can’t talk about; they were over-celebrating. They are people who were exiting a training programme and they celebrated in an unbecoming manner, so we felt we had to punish them a little.
Nursing requires professionalism and no matter how much you are celebrating, there are some things you cannot do. We wanted to show them that the certificates that they had got have ethics and professionalism that go along with them.
So, we decided that they hang around and go and work in the hospital even though they had finished before they are released, just to correct their misdemeanours.
Student nurses who spoke to the publication said the hospital authorities punished all females including those who were not part of the infamous party:
All female students were punished, there was some sort of celebration that was done after getting results, so all of us were punished yet our contracts ended on September 3 2020.