The University of South Africa(UNISA) is a DISTANCE LEARNING UNIVERSITY in South Africa. As a registered Nurse in ANY part of the world,you can study and have your university degree certificate sent to you without you leaving your country and yet UNISA IS THE SECOND BEST UNIVERSITY IN AFRICA! The institution is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International- the highest Honour Nursing Society in the world!
I have heard different arguments for and against National Open University of Nigeria and other 'lower universities' offering Nursing programs thru regular and alternative means. Different Nursing 'intellectuals'(stakeholders) who graduated from 'top' universities consistently rubbish other institutions offering degree programs to the detriment of the profession. It is important to note that those self acclaimed 'top universities' are not even among the top 20 universities in AFRICA nor a member of Sigma Theta Tau!
Nurses must think outside the box and find a novel solution to improving nursing education and rally round those who have already developed/designed alternative routes rather than consistently rubbishing their programs. We should always strive to encourage and improve on what we have rather than run them down for egocentric reasons. Education is becoming more dynamic and i challenge our leaders to follow the trend.
Open and Distance Learning education is the new wave sweeping across the global educational system and we must not be too myopic so that we will not be left behind again. Nursing degree by distance learning,absolutely online and a mixture of both is the norm in countries such as India,Canada,UK and some African countries and Nigeria Nurses MUST embrace this. I look forward to a day when our 'top' universities will start running an absolutely ONLINE/(OR THRU DISTANCE LEARNING) DEGREE IN NURSING(OR AT HIGHER LEVEL-MASTERS OR DOCTORATE).
LONG LIVE NURSING PROFESSION!
Idowu Olabode RN.
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