The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN NURSES AND MIDWIVES has shown great concern over the recent denial of accreditation of the nursing degree program of the NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA (N.O.U.N) by the NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES COMMISSION.
The NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL (NAC) of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives expressess suprise and shock at the development and said the body would do everything required to make sure the nursing degree program of the N.O.U.N is reinstituted.
The role of nurses and midwives in bringing health care nearer to our people cannot be overemphasied, therefore there is need to constantly develop the nursing profession to meet up with increasing global and domestic health challenges thru university and skill development programs. The nursing profession being the largest group in the health sector and closest to the patient and members of the family should be given its rightful place and priority in our educational development.
The association wondered why out of the 31 programs of the national open university of nigeria, only bachelor in nursing degree program of the university was denied accreditation. This program is very central to the development of the profession of nursing in nigeria now more than ever before especially with the curent healh policy of the federal government under president Ebele Goodluck Jonathan to create the midwives service scheme which allows midwives to be posted to the rural and remote areas of the country to run health centers, This healh program being embarked upon by the federal government is the engine roomm for the reduction of mother and child morbidity/mortality rate in the country, therefore the need to encourage not only the N.O.U.N nursing degree program but also other universities in the country to run degree programs in nursing becomes very cental and relevant if we are to catch up with our MDG target in the health sector.
The association decried the situation where countries like india, indonesia e.t.c are runing same degree programs effectively and successfully and we cannot do so in nigeria. In as much as the NANNM does not subscribe to the lowering educational standards in nigeria, the NANNM believes that there is urgent need to clear whatever impediments or obstacles that stands in the way of the nursing degree program of N.O.U.N
The association observed that following the annoucement by the N.U.C to deny N.O.U.N accreditation of the nursing degree program, great confusion, suprise shock and panic have gripped not only the affected students but also parents and members of the nursing profession.
We therefore advise all students affected to remain calm.
N.A.C of NANNM assures the students affected that NANNM is working assidously with N.O.U.N, N.U.C and N&MCN to ensure that the program is accreditated soon. However efforts are also been made to ensure that students currently running the program do not remain in the program longer than necessary so there is no need to panic.The leadership reminded both students and members of the association accross the country to capitalize on the available opportunities and the manpower development programs embarked upon by the association especially the M.Sc Nursing scholarships, international workshops and conferences.
Nurses must also be interested more than ever before in research and continous education, training as the journal of nursing is a veritable tool for research findings and publications. This opens up access to research in nursing and is available to all practitioners in the health sectors, This is inline with our desire, dreams and aspirations to encourage colleagues all over the country to improve their skills and grow the evidence based care profession.
It has globally been agreed that nigerian nurses trained in the country compete favourably with their counterparts and even perform better anywhere the opportunity avails itself especially outside the shores of nigeria in countries like U.S.A, canada, U.K e.t.c. Testimonies of their high level performance and hardwork abound in these countries, this is a consequential result of the high standard of training and proffessional inculcation in the nursing profession in nigeria.
N.A.C concluded by saying, our role in the health care sector is to see that the nursing profession continue to develop and grow in our society to the benefit and betterment of mankind
National president NANNM
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