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NMCN to make nursing schools function as monotechnics
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) has said that it is reorganising nursing education to make nursing schools function as monotechnics.
Speaking at the 60th anniversary celebration of the School of Nursing, University College Hospital, the Registrar of the council, Mrs Olatokunbo Olanipekun, stated that by the national policy of education categorisation, schools of nursing should be monotechnics.
The council registrar, who spoke thorough Mrs Dorothy Umeh, stated that the monotechnics, when in operation, would be autonomous administratively and financially.
According to her, “under this new system, the students shall be admitted through the Unified Tertiary Institution Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)”.
Mrs Olanipekun stated that the council would continue to award its professional certificate, alongside the higher diploma Degree (HND), to students that eventually graduate from the nursing monotechnics.
In addition, the registrar stated that the council had developed new standards and policies concerning nursing education and practice and would soon commence its implementation.
The registrar, who remarked that the council still had a lot to do to ensure a sustained and improved nursing education, urged nurses on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the school to explore more innovative ways to improve nursing education and practice.
While felicitating with the school on its achievements, she charged the school to continue to maintain the standards governing nursing education, as laid down by the council.
Chief Medical Director, Professor Temitope Alonge, who noted that the school had produced over 5,000 nurses, midwives and other post-basic nursing professionals that had excelled in the nursing career, stated that the history of the school was that of nursing education in Nigeria.
Professor Alonge, remarking that shortage of funds had affected the operations of the school, said the school had kept to its vision of training skilful professional nurses of international standard to fulfil the fundamental health needs of Nigeria.
The CMD, stating that the unusual zeal shown by staff and students of the school as well as the support of the hospital would further make the school to continue to excel, declared that it was high time the school was upgraded to a degree awarding institution.
He stated: “The school has all it takes to function as a degree awarding institution. It is far more qualified to award degrees that some other institutions.”
Earlier, Honourable Justice Badejoko Adeniji, Chief Judge, Oyo State High Court Judge, who admonished nurses to live up to the standard of Florence Nightingale, stressed the need for Nigerian nurses to make the difference wherever they practice their profession.
According her, there was no need for nurses to develop inferiority complex, adding that they should maintain their integrity, right attitude to patients and continue to improve on their academic attainment.Share