It is that time of the year when the editorial board at Nursingworld Nigeria sit and review the preceding year and decide who deserves the exemplary designation 2017 NURSE OF THE YEAR
The NURSE OF THE YEAR Award recognizes and honours a distinguished nurse who went above and beyond in the preceding year; and also recognizes his/her outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession in Nigeria.
The board at Nursingworld Nigeria is always guided by sets of values that signposts predictors that engender professional growth, Nursing milestone achievements and competence. These represent the fulcrum of what we look out for when debating and making arguments for or against nominees for the NURSE OF THE YEAR AWARD.
Usually, such nomination process would be a herculean task but not year 2017. There was just one stand out nominee and obvious inspirational winner. There was clearly one whose nomination didn’t come with the dangerous effluvium of public opprobrium. There was only one MAN standing and his name is Alhaji Nurse Faruk Umar Abubakar.
Up until his appointment as Secretary General/ Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in October 2016, the profession was weighed down by a mind-boggling litany of unending quagmire with the semblance of lost hope.
But barely two months at the leadership of the council, Alhaji Faruk Umar Issued ground breaking innovative guidelines for renewal of professional nursing license. These guidelines saw the birth of Continuing education unit (CEU) for license renewal.
He also tackled head-long the perennial delays in issuance of certificates and licenses, dispatching over 10,000 certificates in January 2017 alone. A record feat.
Another unprecedented achievement is the one-month timely release of the results of professional examination for basic and post basic midwives. Before now, the release of these results in a timely manner seemed impossible until Alhaji Faruk took over the helm of affair at the council.
In a swift response to the approval by the office of the head of the civil service of the federation for the one year internship for graduates of the B.N.Sc program, He facilitated the commencement of the program by developing requisite documents such as implementation guide for internship program for BNSc, Logbook and Checklist for the supervision of the nurse interns. Most institutions have now successfully commenced the internship program for nurses with the latest being FMC Asaba whom just advertised for nurse intern in December 2017
In response to the delayed mobilization of basic midwives by the national primary health care development agency for the one year community mandatory service for the graduates of basic midwifery program, the registrar issued a stern memo to states condemning the perennial delays and set out conditions that must be met before midwives would be mobilized.
Such conditions must include provision of conducive accommodation and adequate security for the midwives, Grant of two weeks leave before the end of the service, timely payment of allowances in line with federal government rate or placement on salary not less than grade level 07, provision of relevant amenities such as light, potable water, transport. Finally, someone at the council was looking out for our midwives and their wellbeing
To ensure ease of business and accountability, the Registrar also initiated the commencement of use of point of sale machines for making payment to the councils remita account.
Again, to ensure clarity, the Alhaji Raruk Abubakar led administration was quick to clarify the status of the BNSc degree certificate from the national open university of Nigeria stating that the certificate issued is recognized by the NUC for academic progression and employment purposes. For once in the annals of the history of the council website, the news section became operational and up to date with latest information and guidelines
He also released and implemented guidelines for refresher course for eliminated students, approving 20 schools to run the program. Alhaji Farouk on behalf of the Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NBTE in January 2017 for the commencement of the ND/HND Nursing programme. This new system would lead to the award of academic certificate in addition to the Professional certificates: RN and RM or RPHN
In the coming weeks, we hope to sit and chat with the council registrar on his plan and road map for the Nursing profession in 2018
On behalf of the Board and Management at Nursingworld World Nigeria, I say congrats to you sir as you strive to sustain the momentum in your bid to maintain and promote excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Practice in Nigeria
C.E.O Nursingworld Nigeria
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