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NMCN Desk Officers Training North East Central Zone Kicked Off Today
Date Posted: 18/Sep/2017
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria today kicked off its first two-day training program on the processes/operations of the Council’s web-based portal for FOCAL Persons/Desk Officers of Nursing and Midwifery Institutions and Hospitals in Nigeria to update the knowledge of the School’s Desk officers and train the desk officers in clinical areas on some of the Council’s services that will be done online. These services include; Indexing, Examination applications, Registration, Professional Update Form (PUF) as well as payment on remita platform.
Registration kicked off on the 17th of September, with Day 1 kicking off today the 18th for the North East/Central Zones at the School of Nursing, ATBUTH Bauchi
Time: 8am- 5pm
Members of high table including the NMCN Registrar and DNS Bauchi State
Day1, with NMCN registrar and others #deskOfficersTraining2017
During the Questions and Answers the following were disccused:
The topic of the Midwifery Service Scheme was tackled today. Partcipants were told that the nmcn had released a circular directing states to take ownership of MSS programs in their various states, this was done due to a few challenges this arrangement was reached.
The NMCN representatives also stated categorically that it was criminal to register any student midwife who has not done the MSS stating that while some states had already taken ownership of the MSS any school still hanging should mobilize for their Director of Nursing Services, State Ministry Of Health and State Primary Healthcare Board to do the needful and kickoff theirs.
These recommendation stand and all should note that the requirements for full registration for the MSS are: 
. temporary license, 
. log book from mss, 
. cover letter from facility
Entrance Examinations Into Schools Of Nursing And Midwifery And Indexing
As already known to nurses and midwives, all Schools of Nursing/Schools of Midwifery are allocated slots for admissions. These slots signify the maximum number of students that can be indexed by the NMCN, this fact is very important as it should be understood that even if a school takes in more than its allocated number afterthe first SIX (6) Months of training every intake has to be indexed and during this period the schools are given the chance to weed out students and follow up with indexing those qualified.
Secondly, the entry requirement into either a school of nursing or midwifery remains 5 credit units in O'level and this must correspond with when the student was admitted. Anyone who doesnt have this would be dropped when indexing begins.
If the name of the student on their O'level result is different from the name on their registration forms, the individual would not be indexed. This is in addition to the fact that its only the names submitted on O'levels results that would be recognised (ie: even if you have 3names and your O'level has just 2, the 2 are the recognized names).
Note: If your school has 50slots and you register people based on connection, once 50 people has been indexed, the portal will automatically close on you. If those indexed after six months, some got eliminated along the way, no new person can replace them. The remainder are the only ones to write exam when its time
These are the rules on indexing 
Indexing For Freshers
All students must start the application for indexing by themselves to avoid issues of conflicting names, spellings, Date Of Birth, with the desk officers only to clear them using their knowledge and other privileges.
On Who A Desk Officer Is
A Desk officer is the council's representative in each and every training institution. He or She is in charge of indexing, examination registration, registration for license etc. He is also the council's eyes and ears on ground at each center.
The next set of trainings for all the nominated desk officers are scheduled as follows:
1.   South-West: School of Nursing, UCH Ibadan, Oyo State. 25th-28th September, 2017
2.   South-East Zone: School of Nursing, UNTH, Enugu, Enugu State 25th-28th September, 2017
3.   South-South Zone: School of Midwifery, Portharcourt, Rivers State 20th-23th September, 2017
4.   North-West Zone: School of Nursing, Gusau, Zamfara State 20th-23th September, 2017
Time: 8am- 5pm Daily
Please note that Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria will not repeat this training program for any institution that is absent.
NOTE: Tomorrow session will be on PUF, remita payment, etc

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