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COMMUNIQUE: 13th Biennial Nursing Leaders Conference
Date Posted: 28/Dec/2012


Attendance: The attendance at this conference cuts across 36 states of the federation and FCT, consisting of 400 participants. These were representatives of the clinical and educational institutions in both private and public organizations. The conference was hosted by Enugu state from 5th to 9th December 2011.
THEME: The theme of the conference is Nursing in the 21st century: challenges and prospects for education and practice with the following sub-themes
- Nurse attributes/ competence for quality client care
- Clinical nursing research: a tool for professional development
- Ethical and legal issues in nursing practice
- Standardized language: application in nursing practice
- Internship and mentoring: essentials for professional growth
- Strategies for recruiting and retraining an effective nursing workforce in Nigeria
- Costing nursing care procedures; challenges and prospects
- Entrepreneurship; a key to self reliance in nursing
AIM: The theme and the sub-theme have the main aim of bringing together nursing leaders in Nigeria to discuss current issues/ developments that have implications for nursing education and practice, the health needs of the nation and to articulate the way forward in confronting these challenges.
The following challenges were observed in the presentations
- Nurses are not abreast with advancements in science and technology that can improve nursing care
- There is poor representation and non participation of nurses in policy making on health issues
- Nursing education is not within the stream of educational system in Nigeria hence here is difficulty In the classification of RN/RM academically
- There is inadequacy of qualified personnel to carryout mentoring of students in the clinical areas
- There are insufficient motivation/ incentives for nurses to improve themselves and the profession
- Clients are becoming aware of their legal rights, and have started asking for it especially on nursing care and cost implications of their treatments
- Due to non quantification/ costing of nursing services in the health sector, there are no values attached to nursing care rendered
- Inability to identify and work on priority areas needed to improve practice and integrate research findings into nursing practice.
- Intra-professional conflicts
- There should be reinforcement of the usage of the nursing and midwifery standards of practice
- The four core areas of nursing i.e curative, preventive, education and inspectorate should be made functional
- Evidence based nursing practice should be adopted through research and utilization of its findings
- State nursing and midwifery committees should be made to be more active in the states
- Nurses should be encouraged to go for higher education in nursing because this prepares them to deal with the clients holistically
- The state nursing and midwifery council committees should be empowered to deal with erring nurses
- Senior nurses should be encouraged to accept the role of mentorship while their knowledge should be updated regularly
- The government and employers of nursing staff should Endeavour to involve nursing heads in policy/ decision on health issues and nurse leaders must strive to make themselves relevant and assertive.
- Quality assurance unit must be established within the directorate of nursing services/ hospitals to ensure auditing or nursing services, quality care and accountability
- Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria should fast track the process of ensuring that nursing education is identified within the context of Nigeria educational system as well as internship program for graduate of nursing
- There should be quarterly meetings of state directors of nursing with the nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria to deliberate on major policy issues affecting the profession
- Nursing and midwives should be allowed to practice according to the dictates of their curricula at all levels of health care
- NANNM should give other professional groups the opportunity to register under its coverage
- The nursing and midwifery  council of Nigeria should fast track the process of introducing entrepreneurship into the curriculum of nursing training at all levels
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