A PAPER PRESENTED AT THE 6TH BIENNIAL AND 5TH QUADRENNIAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA NURSES AND MIDWIVES (NANNM) ON 21ST NOVEMBER, 2012 AT THE GRAYLAND CULTURAL CENTRE, YENOGOA BAYELSA STATE BY B. L. AJIBADE (RN, Ph. D, FWACN), LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OGBOMOSO COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES, DEPARTMENT OF NURSING, OSOGBO
The contemporary nurse constantly faces series of technological, managerial, administrative, political and economic changes involving new ideas, new values and new problems that may need on the spot decisions and solutions. It is therefore obvious that contemporary nurses need a new orientation, derived from the study of the past to help them successfully with developing changes in the health care industry.
The history of nursing in Nigeria includes many clinical, technological, scientific, social, cultural and educational aspects with critical implications for all properties required in modern decision making that could qualify nursing as a full fledged profession, sui-generis.
Therefore, knowledge of past experience will definitely create a better understanding of the present and can cast some light on the pathway to planning the future without a knowledge of the past. Contemporary nurses therefore need to view their work against a multi-dimensional back-drop in order to be able to define, classify, appreciate and confront the multiple and complex problems they have to face constantly with confidence.
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