Sunday, 2 December 2018

INTERNSHIP: UGONSA AGAIN REPORTS UNTH TO FMOH


Director Human Resources,

Federal Ministry of Health,
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083,
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

Sir/Madam,

CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NURSES BY UNTH: A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE

We sincerely appreciate your selfless effort towards ensuring that equity, fairness and inclusiveness reign supreme in our health system.

2. However, we have observed that some elements are deliberately bent on soiling the pious principles of equity, fairness and justice that the ministry has upheld to promote multidisciplinary industrial harmony in our health system.  

3. A case in point is that of the management of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, that has, on two consecutive instances, refused to include the position of nurse intern in their advert placement that listed internship positions of other healthcare disciplines despite all the directives from the Federal Ministry of Health mandating them to do so. The latest of these discriminations against nurses was done vide their advert placement for internship published by an online news media via the link http://nigerianmedinterns.com/the-university-of-nigeria-teaching-hospital-ituku-ozalla-calls-for-applications, that listed internship position for other healthcare disciplines except nursing.

4. Recall that we approached your office for your kind intervention when this same management of UNTH in November, 2017 excluded only the position of nurse intern from their advert placement for internship that listed interns of other healthcare disciplines just as they have done in the current dispensation. 

5. Recall also that the ministry graciously intervened and directed that they implement the nurses’ internship and effect the proper placement of already employed graduate nurses vide several letters and circulars [e.g. Ref No. C2920/S.3/C.2/VOL1/116 dated 12th February, 2018 (specifically addressed to the CMD UNTH); Ref No. C.6093/T/16 dated February 20, 2018; Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017; Ref No. DHS/800/I/T/8 dated 3rd October, 2017] (please kindly refer to the attached documents).

6. It is therefore very clear that despite the fatherly disposition of the ministry to give a sense of belonging to all categories of healthcare workers, those at the helm of affairs in UNTH, out of primordial sentiment against nurses are bent on treating nurses as outcasts in our health system.

7. Since the circular from the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 dated 8th September, 2016 had made a one-year internship training a compulsory part of nursing education for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as is obtainable with the university education of other healthcare disciplines, this type of discriminatory disposition by UNTH against nurses portends grave consequences for the future of nursing education in Nigeria as extant rules have made the baccalaureate education of nurses incomplete and void without the internship training.

8. Because nurses provide the first line of client care and have the highest visibility and number of hours spent with patients in the hospital, common sense should have had the management of UNTH understand that nurses need the opportunity of blending theory with clinical practice offered by the internship training more than any other member of the healthcare team for qualitative care of the lives of people entrusted unto them.

9. We therefore passionately call on you to prevail on the management of UNTH to desist from their penchant for discriminating against nurses by implementing without further delay the graduate nurses’ internship and effecting their proper placement as prescribed by extant circulars.

PRAYERS

We passionately call on your good office to prevail on the management of UNTH to 

1. advertise the post of nurse interns as was done for the interns of other healthcare disciplines.

2. upgrade existing nursing officers who were on CONHESS 07 before the release of the circular to the new base of CONHESS 08 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure A).

3. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS 07 by UNTH after 8th September, 2016 to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Attached herewith is your copy of a current letter we wrote the management of UNTH on the subject matter.

Kindly accept the assurances of our highest regards.

                                                                          Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                         NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                             National Secretary 
CC

Director, Nursing Services, FMOH, Abuja

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UGONSA BATTLES UNTH OVER EXCLUSION OF NURSE INTERNS FROM INTERNSHIP ADVERTS

The Chief Medical Director,
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH),
Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State

Attention:
Director of Administration
                   &
Head of Nursing Services, UNTH

Sir/Madam,

DELIBERATE EXCLUSION OF NURSE INTERN POSITION FROM INTERNSHIP ADVERT OF YOUR HOSPITAL FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE TIME SINCE THE RELEASE OF THE NURSES’ INTERNSHIP CIRCULAR IS AN ILL WIND THAT WILL BLOW NO ONE ANY GOOD

Nightingales greetings from the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum of first degree in nursing.

2. Recall that the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) had on 8th September, 2016 released a circular, REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, that made a one-year internship training a compulsory part of nursing education for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as is obtainable with the university education of other healthcare disciplines (refer Annexure A).

3. Recall also that when your hospital wrongly excluded the position of nurse intern from its advert placement for internship training in November, 2017, we complained to your office and thereafter approached the Federal Ministry of Health for intervention and the Ministry in her letter, Ref No. C2920/S.3/C.2/VOL1/116 dated 12th February, 2018 addressed to your office ordered your hospital to implement the nurses’ internship and the proper placement of graduate nurses who are already in the workforce from CONHESS 07 to CONHESS 08 (.i.e the new entry point base into the civil service for the graduate nurses) (refer Annexure B).

4. We were taken aback on Friday 16th November, 2018 as our attention was called to an advert placement for internship training by your hospital, as published by an online news media via the link http://nigerianmedinterns.com/the-university-of-nigeria-teaching-hospital-ituku-ozalla-calls-for-applications , which listed internship positions for the graduates of other healthcare disciplines except nursing.

5. This is despite the fact that the Federal Ministry of Health had on February 20, 2018 vide its letter Ref No. C.6093/T/16, written all the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs)/Medical Directors (MDs), Heads of Regulatory Bodies/Agencies, including your esteemed office, directing advertisement for nurse interns and proper placement of already employed graduates of B.N.Sc degree (refer Annexure C). 

6. Accompanying the said letter (.i.e Annexure C) was another letter, Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017, where the Ministry succinctly spelt out the guidelines for implementation of the circular for the nurses’ internship and proper placement (refer Annexure D).

7. Apart from directing that the internship should be implemented, the referred letter (.i.e Annexure D) also stated that all nursing officers hitherto on grade level 08 (.i.e CONHESS 07) should be moved to the new base of grade level 09 (CONHESS 08) and that seniority on the new post should be effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation).

8. It is also good to further remind you that on 3rd October, 2017 the Federal Ministry of Health had, vide a circular, Ref No. DHS/800/I/T/8, specifically directed all CMDs/MDs, including your office, to implement the nurses’ internship circular and report the status of the implementation to the ministry (refer ANNEXURE E). 

9. It is therefore very unfortunate, to see this directives being trivialized by UNTH under your able leadership when other hospitals have implemented it to give nurses a sense of inclusiveness and equity.

10. From the foregoing, it is very convenient to completely exonerate the Federal Ministry of Health from any culpability whatsoever in the non-implementation of internship and proper placement of graduate nurses by your hospital.

11. Having written you on this subject matter on several occasions since the release of the circular as well as the avalanche of evidences that showed that the Federal Ministry of Health had on different occasions directed  you to implement the circular, with the unfortunate outcome of yet excluding nurse interns in the current internship advert by your hospital as well as refusal to make CONHESS 08 the new entry point of the graduate nurses, we are constrained to belief that what is at play at UNTH is a deliberate and calculated discrimination against nurses.

12. Our people are already agitated and cannot continue to endure such humiliation and discrimination. Since it is a treatise that equity breeds lasting peace, we  appeal that what is due for nurses should be implemented by your hospital for them without further delay as continued denial of their right remains an ill wind that will blow us no good in the nearest future.

PRAYER
We respectfully demand that you 

1. advertise the post of nurse interns as was done for the interns of other healthcare disciplines.

2. help fresh graduate nurses, both of Enugu State and non-Enugu State extraction, trained in University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) and other universities across the country complete their nursing education vis-à-vis internship training by offering them opportunity to run internship training in your hospital.

3. upgrade existing nursing officers who were on CONHESS 07 before the release of the circular to the new base of CONHESS 08 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure F).

4. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS07 after 8th September, 2016 to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.

                                                                     Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                        NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                             National Secretary

CC
Director, Human Resources Federal Ministry of Health

Director Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health

Commissioner of Health, Enugu State

Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

UGONSA THANKS DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES FMOH OVER FETHA AND FMC OWERRI

Director Human Resources,
Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH),
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083,
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

Sir/Madam,

IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNSHIP AND PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSES: A NOTIFICATION ON THE OUTCOME IN FETHA AND FMC OWERRI CUM EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE

We write to humbly inform you that the issue of internship and proper placement of graduate nurses in Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) and that of exclusion of nurse interns from internship advert by the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, which we earlier called the attention of your esteemed office to, has been resolved.

2. Fresh graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree are among the current interns that are undergoing training in FETHA.

3. Similarly, the salary grade levels of nursing officers that are already in the service have been adjusted properly, in line with the prescription of extant circulars in FETHA.

4. For FMC Owerri, a supplementary advert has been made to accommodate nurse interns as published by ‘THE NATION Newspaper’ of Monday 29th October, 2018 page 22 (attached).

5. These positive developments would not have been possible but for the FMOH’s entrenched value of equity, fairness, justice and inclusiveness for enhanced industrial harmony which your office is highly committed to.

6. Words cannot truly express the depth of our gratitude for your great help but we say THANK YOU anyway!

7. Our prayer is that the good God that used you to do this great thing in our lives shall always manifest his greatness in your own life. Amen!!

Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                 NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                                    National Secretary

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UGONSA TACKLES ABUTH OVER EXCLUSION OF NURSES FROM INTERNSHIP ADVERT

The Chief Medical Director,
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH),
Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Sir/Madam,

Attention:
Director of Administration
                 &
Head of Nursing Services, ABUTH

Sir/Madam,

MARGINALIZATION AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NURSES BY YOUR HOSPITAL VIS-À-VIS EXCLUSION OF NURSE INTERN POSITION FROM INTERNSHIP ADVERT OF YOUR HOSPITAL AND NON-IMPLENTATION OF THE PROPER PLACEMENT OF NURSING OFFICERS

Nightingales greetings from the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum of first degree in nursing.

2. Recall that the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) had on 8th September, 2016 released a circular, REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, that made a one-year internship training a compulsory part of nursing education for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as is obtainable with the university education of other healthcare disciplines (refer Annexure A).

3. It has been called to the attention of this association that your hospital wrongly excluded the position of nurse intern from its advert placement for internship that listed the internship positions for other healthcare disciplines (refer Annexure B).

4. This is despite the fact that the Federal Ministry of Health had on February 20, 2018 vide its letter Ref No. C.6093/T/16, written all the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs)/Medical Directors (MDs), Heads of Regulatory Bodies/Agencies, including your esteemed office, directing advertisement for nurse interns and proper placement of already employed graduates of B.N.Sc degree (refer Annexure C).

5. Accompanying the said letter (.i.e Annexure C) was another letter, Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017, where the Ministry succinctly spelt out the guidelines for implementation of the circular for the nurses’ internship and proper placement (refer Annexure D).

6. Apart from directing that the internship should be implemented, the referred letter (.i.e Annexure D) also stated that all nursing officers hitherto on grade level 08 (.i.e CONHESS 07) should be moved to the new base of grade level 09 (CONHESS 08) and that seniority on the new post should be effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation).

7. It is also apt to remind you that on 3rd October, 2017 the Federal Ministry of Health had, vide a circular, Ref No. DHS/800/I/T/8, specifically directed all CMDs/MDs, including your office, to implement the nurses’ internship circular and report the status of the implementation to the ministry (refer ANNEXURE E).

8. It is therefore very unfortunate to see these directives being trivialized by ABUTH Zaria under your able leadership when other hospitals have implemented it to give nurses a sense of inclusiveness and equity.

9. From the foregoing, it is very convenient to completely exonerate the Federal Ministry of Health from any culpability whatsoever in the non-implementation of internship and proper placement of graduate nurses by your hospital.

10. The avalanche of evidence that shows that the Federal Ministry of Health has, on different occasions, directed you to implement the circular, with the unfortunate outcome of yet excluding nurse interns in the internship advert by your hospital as well as refusal to make CONHESS 08 the new entry point of the graduate nurses, we are constrained to believe that what is at play at ABUTH is deliberate and calculated marginalization and discrimination against nurses.

11. Our people are already agitated and cannot continue to endure such humiliation and discrimination. Since it is a treatise that equity breeds lasting peace, we  appeal that what is due for nurses should be implemented by your hospital for them without further delay as continued denial of their right remains an ill wind that will blow no one any good in the near future.

PRAYER

We respectfully demand that you

1. advertise the post of nurse interns as was done for the interns of other healthcare disciplines.

2. help fresh graduate nurses, both of Northern States and non-Northern States extraction, trained in Ahmadu Bello University  Zaria and other universities across the country complete their nursing education vis-à-vis internship training by offering them opportunity to run internship training in your hospital.

3. upgrade existing nursing officers who were on CONHESS 07 before the release of the circular to the new base of CONHESS 08 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure F).

4. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS07 after 8th September, 2016 to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.

Signed:


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                               NURSE G.I. NSHI
 National President                                                             National Secretary

CC

Director, Human Resources Federal Ministry of Health
Director Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health
Commissioner of Health, Kaduna State
Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria


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UGONSA WRITES FMOH OVER EXCLUSION OF NURSES FROM INTERNSHIP BY ABUTH

Director Human Resources,
Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH),
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083,
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

Sir/Madam,

INTERNSHIP AND PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSES: KINDLY PREVAIL ON THE MANAGEMENT OF ABUTH ZARIA TO STOP ITS OVERT DISCRIMINATION AND MARGINALIZATION OF NURSES

Nightingales greetings from the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum of first degree in nursing.

2. We wish to draw your esteemed attention to the current discrimination and marginalization suffered by nurses at the hands of the management of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria vis-à-vis failure to implement proper placement of already employed nursing officers from CONHESS 07 to CONHESS 08 as well as their flagrant exclusion of the position of nurse interns in their recent advert placement for interns that listed positions for interns of other healthcare disciplines (refer Annexure A). 

3. Recall that the FMOH had previously directed the Chief Executive Officers of Hospitals, Agencies and Parastatals to implement the nurses’ internship and effect the proper placement of already employed graduate nurses vide several letters and circulars [e.g. Ref No. C.6093/T/16 dated February 20, 2018; Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017; Ref No. DHS/800/I/T/8 dated 3rd October, 2017] (please kindly refer to the attached documents).

4. It is therefore very clear that despite the fatherly disposition of the ministry to give a sense of belonging to all categories of healthcare workers, those at the helm of affairs in ABUTH Zaria, out of primordial sentiment against nurses are bent on treating nurses as outcasts in our health system.

5. Since the circular from the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 dated 8th September, 2016 had made a one-year internship training a compulsory part of nursing education for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as is obtainable with the university education of other healthcare disciplines, this type of discriminatory disposition  and marginalization by ABUTH Zaria against nurses portends grave consequences for the future of nursing education in Nigeria as extant rules have made the baccalaureate education of nurses incomplete and void without the internship training.

6. Because nurses provide the first line of client care and have the highest visibility and number of hours spent with patients in the hospital, it behoves that nurses need the opportunity of blending theory with clinical practice offered by the internship training more than any other member of the healthcare team for qualitative care of the lives of people entrusted unto them.

7. We therefore passionately call on you to prevail on the management of ABUTH Zaria to stop the ongoing marginalization and discrimination against nurses by implementing without further delay the graduate nurses’ internship and effecting their proper placement as prescribed by extant circulars.

PRAYERS

We passionately call on your good office to prevail on the management of ABUTH Zaria to 

1. advertise the post of nurse interns as was done for the interns of other healthcare disciplines. 

2. upgrade existing nursing officers who were on CONHESS 07 before the release of the circular to the new base of CONHESS 08 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure B).

3. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS 07 after 8th September, 2016 to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Attached herewith is your copy of a current letter we wrote the management of ABUTH on the subject matter.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.

Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                 NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                                      National Secretary
CC:
Director, Nursing Services FMOH Abuja

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

UGONSA REVISED STATEMENT ON NURSING DEGREE AWARDED BY INSTITUTIONS IN BENIN REPUBLIC, CHAD, NIGER REPUBLIC AND CAMEROON

Following its interface with some of the institutions running genuine nursing degree in the referenced countries, UGONSA revised its earlier statement on the subject matter. Below is the revised statement.

UGONSA POSITION ON NURSING DEGREE AWARDED BY INSTITUTIONS IN BENIN REPUBLIC, CHAD, NIGER REPUBLIC AND CAMEROON

Following our careful inquest into the status and circumstances surrounding the nursing degree awarded by some institutions in Benin Republic, Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon, we wish to bring the following to the attention of Nigerian nurses and the general public:

1. Although most of the institutions in the countries referred above, that are involved in the award of nursing degree to Nigerian nurses, can be found in the list of accredited institutions of higher learning in their respective countries, the Nigerian ministry of Education has not approved the evaluation of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree or any other health related courses awarded by some of these institutions.

2. Consequently, the B.N.Sc degree awarded by some of these institutions is not recognized by the Nigerian Ministry of Education for admission, employment/upgrading and/or NYSC mobilization.

3. UGONSA therefore advises Nigerian nurses to henceforth make consultations before pursuit of nursing degrees in these countries.

4. For those that are already in the pursuit of their nursing degree, as well as those that might have already bagged nursing degree, in these countries, we recommend that they promptly contact the Director Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health, or the Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery of Nigeria, for clarification on the status of the nursing degree awarded by their school to avoid any regrets in the future. It is better to make hay now, while the sun still shines, than to make an avoidable and regrettable mistake.

5. Most of these schools run the nursing degree under other departments (and not in the department of nursing sciences) with no measures or facilities in place as required for standard and accreditation.

6. Most of them also run the program in such a shabby way that the cumulative academic period for the entire course that leads to award of the degree, in some instances, is less than one month.

7. As the motto of UGONSA is “Nightingalism and Professionalism for Qualitative Client Care”, we cannot sit passive and watch as professionalism and standards are brazenly watered down in the nursing profession.

8. We therefore call on nurses and the general public to support the commendable effort the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are making in upholding standards and professionalism in Nursing education and practice in Nigeria by heeding this clarion call to shun patronizing any nursing program that has been evaluated as being below standard such as those run in the referenced countries.

Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                   NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                                       National Secretary

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

UGONSA COMMENTS ON BNSc DEGREE AWARDED BY BENIN REPUBLIC, CHAD, NIGER REPUBLIC AND CAMEROON

UGONSA POSITION ON NURSING DEGREE AWARDED BY INSTITUTIONS IN BENIN REPUBLIC, CHAD, NIGER REPUBLIC AND CAMEROON

Following our careful inquest into the status and circumstances surrounding the nursing degree awarded by institutions in Benin Republic, Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon, we wish to bring the following to the attention of Nigerian nurses and the general public:

1. Although most of the institutions in the countries referred above, that are involved in the award of nursing degree to Nigerian nurses, can be found in the list of accredited institutions of higher learning in their respective countries, the Nigerian ministry of Education has not approved the evaluation of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree or any other health related courses awarded by these institutions.

2. Consequently, the B.N.Sc degree awarded by these institutions is not recognized by the Nigerian Ministry of Education for admission, employment/upgrading and/or NYSC mobilization.

3. UGONSA therefore advises Nigerian nurses to henceforth stop the pursuit of nursing degrees in these countries.

4. For those that are already in the pursuit of their nursing degree, as well as those that might have already bagged nursing degree, in these countries, we recommend that they promptly contact the Director Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health, or the Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery of Nigeria, for clarification on the status of the nursing degree awarded by their school to avoid any regrets in the future. It is better to make hay now, while the sun still shines, than to make an avoidable and regrettable mistake.

5. Most of these schools run the nursing degree under other departments (and not in the department of nursing sciences) with no measures or facilities in place as required for standard and accreditation.

6. Most of them also run the program in such a shabby way that the cumulative academic period for the entire course that leads to award of the degree, in some instances, is less than one month.

7. As the motto of UGONSA is “Nightingalism and Professionalism for Qualitative Client Care”, we cannot sit passive and watch as professionalism and standards are brazenly watered down in the nursing profession.

8. We therefore call on nurses and the general public to support the commendable effort the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are making in upholding standards and professionalism in Nursing education and practice in Nigeria by heeding this clarion call to shun patronizing any nursing program that has been evaluated as being below standard such as those run in the referenced countries.

Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                   NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                                       National Secretary

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