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OPINION: Thoughts On Areas Of Specialization In The Nursing Profession By Nurse Constance Anukwuocha Njideka
Date Posted: 25/Apr/2018
I feel that generic graduate nurses with no specialization area should be given d opportunities to do postgraduate degree programmes in the different areas of specialization in nursing then afterwards proceed for residency in that field.
 
For instance Anaesthesia should be offered in the postgraduate degree level in the various universities offering nursing in affiliation with the post basic school of anaesthesia. This is because this area is gradually slipping off the hand of the nurses as such nurses should make hay while the sun shines and do something drastic about this, besides most hospitals in Nigeria no longer employ our nurse anaesthetists instead they prefer to use the Doctors even when they both have the same diploma, or rather use them as recovery nurses.
Beccalaureate nursing should qualify one to specialize on a higher degree instead of post basics so as to keep them at the same level with their counterparts from the other medical and paramedical professions. You might have noticed that many nurses after graduation prefer to go for lecturing rather than practising because of the stagnation they feel may be facing them in the course of their practice, even when they go for masters degree it has no relevance in their nursing practice. 
 
I am by this message calling on well meaning NNigerians and our great nurses all over the world especially the management of the nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria to please look into this matter and come to the aid of the future nurses because if all of us venture into lecturing without any impact in the clinical sector this goal of taking nursing to the next level may be frustrated by our "You Know Who" counterparts.
 
I remain commited to leaving nursing better than i met it, and i hope to be a nurse consultant some day, so help me God.
 
Thanks and remain blessed.

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