The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) in a letter dated the 18th of May 2018 had written to the Minister of Interior with the title "PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSES" signed by Signed Chief (Hon) S.E.O. EGWUENU and Nurse G.I. Nshi the bodies National President and National Secretary. The letter reads:
"The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), a professional association for all nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing (i.e Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc)/B.Sc Nursing), brings you her nightingales’ greeting. We sincerely thank you for your kindness in accommodating nurses in the recent advert placement by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board(CDFIPB) as published by Daily Trust Newspaper on 30th April, 2018.
However, with reference to the above subject matter, we wish to bring to your esteemed attention that the entry point for graduate nurses is now Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) post- NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).
This is sequel to the circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, dated 8th September, 2016 (please refer Annexure A).
The position of the aforementioned circular is also strongly backed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), which through its own circular (Ref no. C.6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017) confirmed that all existing Nursing Officers who are still below the new base of Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) should be moved to the new base [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)].
The FMOH also confirmed that seniority on this new post [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)] should be effective from 8th September, 2016 being the date of release of the circular, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) (please refer Annexure B for the circular from FMOH).
To ensure total compliance and speedy implementation of its position on the placement of the graduate nurses, the Federal Ministry of Health had on 20th February, 2018, directed all the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs), Medical Directors (MDs), and Heads of Regulatory Bodies/Agencies to effect the placement of graduate nurses as stated above vide another circular Ref.C6093/T/16 (please refer Annexure C).
We also wish to draw your esteemed attention to another circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation (Ref No. B.63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002), which stipulated that whenever there is an enhancement in the base grade level of any cadre in the Civil Service, all officers who fall below the new entry point must be adjusted with seniority on the new post being the date of adjustment of the entry point (Please refer Annexure D).
It is instructive to also point out that the position of Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) of the year 1981 on placement of graduate nurses was explicit as it granted that the profession of Nursing is on parity with that of Pharmacy in Nigeria as is the case in Great Britain.
Therefore, as both the profession of Pharmacy and Nursing share the same entry qualification and a five (5) year duration for the first degree in the university, plus one year internship training post-qualification, we expect the placement of nurses with Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree to be on the same grade level at which their counterparts with Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree are placed (Please refer Annexure E for the IAP Award).
Notwithstanding, we apply that any nurse with a minimum of first degree in nursing, currently serving under your Ministry, who is still below grade level 09 (CONHESS
08), be expressly upgraded to at least CONHESS 08 (GL09) with effective date of 8th September, 2016. We further apply that fresh appointment of graduate nurses into the Service in your Ministry be forthwith on the new base (.i.e CONHESS 08).
We equally ask that due arrears from this effective date of 8th September, 2016 be paid to all the affected nursing officers who are in the service.
Please kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!
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