Poised to improve nursing education in the country, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) has disclosed that there is going to be a massive restructuring in the academic activities of nurses, from post basic nursing clinical specialty into post graduate programmes, for the award of academic certificates.
The Registrar of the Council, Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar made the disclosure in a statement released by the council N&MCN/EDU/CIR/44/VOL.1.43 dated 11th February 2019.
He explained the motive behind the educational reform noting that it was geared towards ensuring the graduates of these programmes are being awarded commensurate academic certificates and the initiative will pave way for career progression in line with the conventional system of education in Nigeria, as well as promote satisfaction among the professionals.
The statement reads in part:
“All current Hospital-Based Post Basic Nursing Specialty Programmes should be affiliated to or assimilated into their parent universities and be operated either as Post Graduate Diploma or Masters programmes in nursing specialties.
“Each Teaching Hospital in conjunction with their university should consider their areas of strength and decide on which Post Graduate Programmes in clinical nursing specialty to take up.
“Each Post Graduate Clinical Nursing Specialty Programme shall be operated by the Department/ Faculty of Nursing in conjunction with the Teaching Hospital in line with the guidelines of Post Graduate School of the university as approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
“Graduates of the B.Sc/B.Nsc. from a recognized department/ faculty of nursing with good grades shall be eligible to proceed for Masters in any specialty of choice, while those with lower grade shall go for PGDN before proceeding for Masters in Nursing.
“Successful graduates of the Higher National Diploma (HND) Nursing Programme shall be eligible to go for Post Graduate Diploma in any Clinical Nursing Specialty of choice.
“Irrespective of the year of graduation, the basic entry requirement shall remain five o’ level credits in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology at not more than two sittings.
“The Management of Teaching Hospitals currently running Post Basic Clinical Nursing Programmes should release and sponsor some of the academic staff for Masters and PhD in Nursing in specialty areas they wish to run in order to strengthen the manpower needs for running these programme.
“The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in collaboration with NUC, departments/faculties of Nursing and some coordinators are working on the minimum benchmark/ academic standard for the various Post Graduate Programmmes in a variety of specialty areas. These shall be made available to the institutions in due course.
“From the year 2023, that is five (5) years from now, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria shall cease to register and licence graduates from any institution running Post Basic Clinical Nursing Programme that have not been reorganized in line with the Council’s requirements as enunciated above”.