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NURSES AND MIDWIVES COUNCIL OF MALAWI

THE APPROVED NURSES AND MIDWIVES PROFESSIONAL DRESSING CODE

The Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi (the Council) exists to regulate education, training, practice and conduct of nurses and midwives in Malawi. This is in accordance with the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 16 of 1995.

It has come to the attention of the Council that there are some nurse midwives who do not wear the prescribed uniform while on duty. Observing the dressing code is important to the nursing and midwifery profession because, among other considerations, it helps to identify the practitioners and to win trust from the recipients of nursing and midwifery care.

The Nurses and Midwives Council is the sole prescriber of Nurses and Midwives uniform in Malawi (Nurses and Midwives Act No. 16 of 1995. Cap 36.02. Section 85 (g). The Council therefore, would like to urge all the nurses and midwives to always put on the prescribed uniform while on duty. The Council wishes to take this opportunity to appeal to all the employers of nursing and midwifery personnel to reinforce proper dressing code at their respective workplaces i.e. Public and Private Health Institutions/Organizations and Training Institutions.

The prescribed uniform for nurses and midwives is as follows:

  1. GENERAL NURSES
  • White top with navy blue borderline in arms, collar and pockets.
  • Navy blue bottom (skirts or pair of trousers).
  • Skirts and dresses should be below the knees and not provocative.
  • Dresses should be all white with navy blue borderline in arms, collar and pockets.
  • Nursing Midwifery Technician (NMTs): White epaulets with maroon borderline, maroon badge and a white Cap.
  • Registered Nurses and /or Midwives (RNM): White epaulets with green borderline, green badge and a white Cap.

 

  1. LECTURER/TUTOR
  • All navy blue bottom and top with white borderline on collar, arm and pockets.
  • Dresses should be all navy blue with white borderline on collar, arm and pockets.
  • White epaulets with green borderline, green badge and a white Cap.

 

  1. NURSING LEADERSHIP: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NURSING AND MIDWIERY SERVICES, CHIEF NURSING OFFICE / PRINCIPAL NURSING OFFICER
  • All Deep Sky blue /Olympic blue bottom and top with white borderline on collar, arm and pockets.
  • Dresses should be all Deep Sky blue /Olympic blue with white borderline on collar, arm and pockets.
  • White epaulets with green borderline, green badge and a white Cap.

 

  1. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSES
  • All light green bottom and top with white borderline collar, arm and pockets.
  • Dresses should be all light green white borderline on collar, arm and pockets.
  • Nursing Midwifery Technician (NMTs): White epaulets with maroon borderline, maroon badge and a white Cap.
  • Registered Nurses and /or Midwives (RNM): White epaulets with green borderline, green badge and a white Cap.

 

  1. COMMUNITY MIDWIFERY ASSISTANT
  • Maroon with white boarder line, no epaulettes, no badges and no cap.
  • Dresses should be all maroon with white borderline on collar, arm and pockets.

 

  1. Pull-over / Jersey
  • The non-sleeved pull-over /jersey remain navy blue.
  • badges and epaulettes should be worn on the jersey or pull-over all the time.

 

  1. SHOES
  • Flat covered shoes, no high heels. Colours: – black, brown or white.

 

  1. SCRUB SUITS

 

  • Scrub suits are only limited to Labour ward, ICU, HDU, Emergency and Trauma, Theatre and Nursery wards.
  • Scrub suits should only be worn indoors. No Nurse or Midwife should wear a scrub suit out of the workstations stated above.
  • All Nurses and Midwives must put a badge and epaulettes on the scrub suits and pull-over /jersey all the time.
  • The color of scrub suits must be navy blue, dark green, and maroon.

 

NOTE

DRESSING CODE IN THE WAKE OF COVID 19 PANDEMIC

The Council received reports of attacks on nurse midwives by the general public. There were incidents where nurse midwives were attacked and not allowed by the public to board public transport for fear of contracting the virus from them.

In the interest of nurses and midwifes’ safety and public protection, the Council wishes to advise all nurse midwives to put on the uniforms while at their respective workplaces where necessary. The Council appreciates your usual cooperation in matters of nursing and midwifery regulation.

For more information, please contact the undersigned,

 

 

The  Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi

P.O. Box30361

Lilongwe3

Tel: 01772044/01772730

Fax: 01773932

E-mail: nmcm@nmcm.org.mw