COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF SOUTH –SOUTH REFORMATION CONFERENCE ON NURSING HELD AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION CONFERENCE HALL, UYO,AKWA IBOM STATE, ON 14 TH TO 18TH, APRIL, 2014.
1, The conference reaffirmed the avowed determination of Nurses within the zone to provide quality professional nursing services to the citizens as a continued conviction of the sanctity and purity of the human life. Subsequently decides to strengthen nursing professionalism in the zone in particular and the country in general against all odds.
2. The conference in recognition of numerous past efforts, and in the present complexities of the health care enterprise, commends their colleagues who continued to stand firm and uphold standardized and quality nursing professionalism in education, administration, Research and clinical practices.
3. The conference unanimously lamented the non attendant of some nurses, nursing bodies, associations and organizations within the zone, and called on all nurses to consider unity as the only option to nursing professional growth and development. And,
4. That the 2015 deadline for moving nursing education to the university was further concretized as being irreversible. Thus every stake holder in the nursing education enterprise must note and be in readiness to comply.
5. That the Nursing and Midwifery Council must as a matter of urgency review the Nursing Act to reflect this position as well as other areas within the act that has become irrelevant, obsolete or unworthy, and the inputs generated by the conference towards the review should be considered an absolute necessity.
6. That the efforts of the Niger Delta University in establishing the first Faculty of Nursing in the country is highly applauded, equally those of University of Calabar, Port Harcourt, Delta and Benin City. However, while appreciative of the present efforts of the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State in starting a department of nursing, asked for more effort from both the University authority and The Federal Government, while calling on the Akwa Ibom State government to show greater commitment to Nursing issues by supporting the University of Uyo as per the nursing department as well as changing its concept of the College of Nursing which it is currently pursuing, since the college concept has become out of date and will greatly affect the Akwa Ibom indigenes negatively .
7. The conference reaffirmed the strengthening of nursing professionalism as it adopted the categorization of the nursing professionalism into:
A. The Registered Nurses (RN) categories for nurses with certificates,
B. The Nurse Practitioners (NP) for nurses with first degree in nursing, and
C.The Advanced Nurse Practioners (ANP), for nurses with Master’s and Doctorates degrees in nursing.
8. The conference greatly lamented the evils of health quackery to the Nigerian citizens, especially as this directly relates to human life and called on the Inspector General of Police and other relevant law enforcement agencies to take immediate action, and the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on quackery especially on health and nursing as this is a crime against humanity.
9. The conference further called on the Federal government as a matter of urgency, to create a full directorate of Nursing in the Federal Ministry of Health in its effort to reposition the health sector as well as grant autonomy to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure professional nursing practices., noting that, the health of any nation that negates professional nursing practices remains relatively poor.
10.The conference called on the Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency create without further delay a comprehensive nursing data base as this is one of its statutory responsibilities since the absent of such does affect the profession negatively.
11. The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwifes should update itself, taking to the direction of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in not only creating a comprehensive data base as one of the necessary steps but also updating itself on international best practices in nursing clinical practice by mandating their members to immediately implement the nursing process at all levels of nursing practices towards attaining and internatioal status.
12. The conference further call on all employers and consumers of nursing services, to be assured of higher quality nursing services across the zone and take note of the professional categorization in employment as there are herriachies of responsibilities and variously designed roles in each of the categories., especially as this become fully effective from the year 2015 when the nursing minimum practice entry qualification will be first degree (Nurse Practitioners).
1, Grace I. Otong, School of Nursing, Anua, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
2.Jesie E. Ikpeme,UCTH, Calabar, Cross River State.
3. Felicia Akpabio, UCTH, Calabar, Cross River State.
4. Jude Chiedu, Nursingworld Nigeria
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