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Proposed HND Nursing: A step in the wrong direction by Babatunde Ogunsanwo by katty : April 02, 2017, 03:06:14 PM
There is a saying that" in the absence of the best option , the worse option becomes the best". That saying is a vivid description of the commencement of HND nursing programme.

Truth be told, Nursing has been stagnated for the past few decades and the reasons for this stagnation are multifaceted. The core problem has to do with the foundation our fore fathers built nursing on. They never had the future in mind before coming up with policies that have stunted the growth of nurses and nursing in Nigeria. Our lack of foresight took us to where we are now.

Fast forward to 2017, Nursing is moving forward due to the effort of some people notably Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar (registrar of NMCN) who in the space of 7 months have brought about unprecedented changes to the profession. The release of Council examination result in January, commencement of internship and release of outstanding Certificate are noteworthy achievements. Others are Abdul Rafiu Adeniji etc, kudos to you Sirs.

The proposed HND nursing programme is a step in the wrong direction because of the following reasons:

1. Most polytechnics are upgrading to degree awarding institutions. So why are we awarding what others are avoiding.
2. The commencement of HND nursing will undermine the target set by nurses and NMCN which is " to ensure all nurses are BNsc holders"
3. Commencement of HND nursing will set a conflicting message to the population and nurses in general. Since we want all nurses to BNsc holders, why commence HND programme.
4. HND nursing will broaden the already existing dichotomy in nursing. Let's remember that we have UGONSA which is a body that represent University trained nurses. HND graduates will also form a parallel body if their interest isn't protected since both parties will be claiming they are graduates.
5. HND nursing will further divide nurses in to nurse technician and nursing officers.
6. Nursing and Nurses will continually be looked down upon because of HND because the core health professionals don't have HND as entry point. Let's look at those who studied accountancy in the polytechnic and we will realize the stress they go through before getting their degree.

I believe that commencement of HND programme is a bad idea that will drag us back and also threaten our relevance in the health sector.

Emphasis should be laid on:
1. Accrediting more universities
2.Reducing the duration SON graduate spend in the university from 4 to maybe 2-3 years.
3. Affiliate SON with university to become degree awarding institution.
4. Refresher courses with point awarded should replace MCPDP. For a Nurse to progress to a certain level, he or she must attend several courses and have a particular point/ grade.

I Ogunsanwo Babatunde say no to HND and Yes to BNsc.
God bless Nursing.

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