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Lecture delivered Mr Olaniyi O. Filade Assistant Registrar I NMCN 28th July 2016 by katty : July 30, 2016, 12:49:25 PM
Lecture delivered Mr Olaniyi O. Filade Assistant Registrar I NMCN ABUJA at the online capacity building training of Inspire Nurses Network Africa (INNA) on 28th July 2016.

Firstly, as we are aware NMCN is the only parastalta of FMOH saddle with the responsibility of regulating and controlling all as aspect of msg education and practice in nig.Is the only legal, administrative,corporate and statutory body to perform on behalf of FG to ensure the delivery of safe and effective nsg and midwifery care to the public thro quality education and best practices. NMCN regulates d standards of nsg education practice and review standards from time to time to meet the changing needs of the society. Regulations of nsg education,Quality nsg education dat meets d needs of d society, students, policy and educational theories require the following;

A sound curriculum

Availability of qualified lecturers

Adequate modern facilities and equipment

Utilization of evidence based practice

Conducive environment for teaching and learning and research

Adequate funding

Effective nurse/midwife tutors and clinical instrutors

Reliable methods of evalution

Among others


NMCN us working tirelessly to get all this in place Curriculum of different nsg programs are reviewed from time to time

Some of NMCN strategies  being used are

Increase the no of universities offering BNSC degree

Integration /absorption of SON/M within the same locality to the university offering BNSC

Collaboration with NATIONAL BOARD OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION NBTE to ensure academic recognition for products of SON/M who are not willing to integrate or be absorbed by a university

The goal of dis are

To reposition nursing education into a main stream of education like other professionals in the health team in line with d national education system

To improve d qty of education & competences of practitioners for effective delivery of qty care to d populace

The issue of nsg education reforms has remained in the front burner in all NMCN activities

Some of the achievements of the NMCN on this include;

Students intake limit to maximum 50 per intake in most schools except in few schools

Ensuring dat schools are established by law or edict and upgrading of facilities through a nationwide accreditation to schools Some schools that were unable to meet the minimum standards of the council were suspended and embargo placed on intake of new students until deficiencies identified are rectified by the school

Manpower development and capacity building is also important

Today about 21 approved universities are offering BNSC program with few others ones awaiting accreditation of NUC and NMCN

About 6 universities are also offerings post graduate programs in Nursing in Nigeria

NOUN is also part of this universities offering BNSC

Establishment of part time degree program by some universities has opened more opportunities in Nigeria

NMCN collaborates with NUC to get this done

Collaboration with National Board for Technical Education

Even though many nurses did not support d idea of moving nursing education to NBTE , NMCN having studied the situation critically realized dat it is the only option available for over 200 schools of nursing and midwifery in the country

Though the idea of absorption/ assimilation was mooted, till date no school has been able to make any headway as such council has opened discussion again with NBTE on academic recognition for RN certificate. We are hopeful that dis get to a logical conclusion


Relevance of School of Nursing Continuity

For now there is no law prohibiting establishment of SON in Nigeria and based on this it has to continue. The truth is that we can not do without this basic nursing program in Nigeria in other to meet our manpower needs in nursing and midwifery especially in rural areas. Very few universities graduates are willing to work in the rural areas

My personal opinion is that if SON/Ms are scrapped this will largely promote quackery in Nursing as  very few private hospitals in Nigeria can employ even RNs presently. Even in advanced countries like USA and developing like INdia   SONs are still in place Even nursing programs lower than RNs to meet the country needs are all in place there. Therefore scrapping SONs is not the solution.



The NMCN in collaboration with all major stakeholders in nursing profession have continued to pursue this to a logical conclusion. The memo NMCN submitted to the National Council of establishment has been approved and efforts are being made to get the relevant circulars released to enable council commence the implementation of the program Log book for the interns has been designed by NMCN for over 5years now for you to know that NMCN is in support of it.

One of the bold steps taken by the NMCN is the introduction one refresher course for eliminated candidates Sorry, I mean 1 year refresher course

This was planned to commence in September 2015 but the dissolution of all boards if parastatals affected it badly We hope that we the FG constitute the board of NMCN the implementation will commence We hope that we the FG constitute the board of NMCN the implementation will commence. Other ways adopted to fight this is through prosecution of suspects. There are many pending cases of such in the law court currently with NMCN but the judicial system of Nigeria has slow down the issues due to long delay I have personally caught fake nurses coming to my table to register for verification of MSS Midwives services scheme. She was handed over to the police and the case is still pending in the court. Some of this quacks have been prosecuted and sentenced in the past. Council does not relent on this. Sadly, Some of our colleagues are the ones training this quacks and employing them in their hospitals. All of us need to cooperate to fight this We should not go beyond our boundaries. Nurses are not allowed by law to do certain procedures. I hope male nurses in the house are following.

Cooperation is essential in this areas. Attitudinal change among nurse and midwives has to be changed for better Support from Colleagues on  reforms promoting by  NMCN is critical Gross shortage of manpower in existing SONs and Universities has to be addressed among others

Ladies and gentlemen, the preferred future is in our hands and the best way to predict the future is to invent it. The Council has invented it and we need your support to nurture it to its fullness.

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