NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES ASSURES STUDENTS ON ACCREDITATION OF NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NURSING DEGREE PROGRAMME
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have shown great concern over the recent denial of accreditation of the Nursing degree Programme of the National Open University of Nigeria by the National Universities Commission.
In its reaction in Abuja, jointly signed by the National President, Nurse Lawal Hussaini Dutsinma and the General Secretary of the Association Mr. George M. Ayua JP, the National Administrative Council (NAC) of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) expressed surprise and shock at the development and said the body will do everything required to make sure the Nursing degree Programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is resuscitated.
The role of Nurses and Midwives in bringing health care nearer to our people cannot be overemphasized, therefore there is need to constantly develop the nursing profession to meet up with increasing global and domestic health challenges through University and skill development programmes.
The Nursing profession being the largest group in the health sector and the closest to patients 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 programmes of the NOUN only Bachelor of Nursing Degree programme of the University was denied accreditation “this programme is very central to the development of the profession of Nursing in Nigeria now than ever before” especially with the current Health policy of the Federal Government under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to create the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS)which allows Midwives to be posted to the rural and remote areas of our country to run health centres. This health programmes being embarked upon by the Federal Government is the engine room for the reduction of mother and Child morbidity /mortality rate in the country. Therefore the need to encourage not only the NOUN, Nursing degree programme, but also other Universities in the country to run degree programme in Nursing becomes very central and relevant if we are to catch up with our Millennium Development Goals target in the health sector.
The Association decried a situation where countries like India and Indonesia etc are running same programme effectively and successfully and we cannot do same in Nigeria. In as much as the NANNM does not subscribe to the lowering of educational standards in Nigeria, the NANNM believes that there is an urgent need to clear whatever impediments or obstacles that stand in the way of the Nursing degree programme of the National Open University of Nigeria.
The Association observed that following the announcement by the National University Commission to deny National Open University of Nigeria accreditation of the Nursing degree programme great confussion, surprise shock and panic have gripped not only the affected students but also parents and members of the Nursing profession, it therefore advised all students affected to remain calm.
National Administrative Council of NANNM assured the students affected that the Association is working assiduously with the National Open University of Nigeria, National Universities Commission and the Nursing and Midwifrey Council of Nigeria to see that the programme is accredited soon.
However, efforts are also being made to make sure that students currently running the programme do not remain in the University longer than necessary.” so there is no need to panic “NAC advised.
The Leadership reminded both students and members of the Association across the country to capitalize on the available opportunity of the manpower development programme embarked upon by the Association especially the M.Sc. Nursing scholarship, international workshops and conferences.
Nurses must also be more interested now than ever before in research and continuous education training as the Journal of the Association ‘Nigeria Journal of Nursing is a veritable tool for research findings and publication. “this open access to research in nursing is available to all practitioners in the health sector. This is in line with our dreams, desire and aspiration to encourage colleagues all over the country to improve their skills and grow the evidence based care profession “he said. It has globally been agreed that Nigeria 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 the United States of America(USA), United Kingdom(UK) and Canada etc, “testimonies of their high level performance and hard work are abound in these countries, this is a consequential result of the high standard of training and professional inculcation in the Nursing profession in Nigeria.
NAC concluded by saying our role in health care sector is to see that the Nursing profession continues to develop and grow in our society for the benefit of mankind.
Nurse Lawal Hussaini Dutsinma George M. Ayua
National President General Secretary
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