Sunday, 20 May 2018

UGONSA WRITES MINISTRY OF INTERIOR OVER PRISON ADVERT

The Honourable Minister of Interior,
Federal Ministry of Interior,
Block F, Old Federal Secretariat,
Garki Area, Wuse No.2,
P.M.B No. 16, Garki Abuja, Durumi,
Abuja.

Attention
       Director/Secretary,
       Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration
       And Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB)
Sir,
PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSES

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), a professional association for all nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing (i.e Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc)/B.Sc Nursing), brings you her nightingales’ greeting. We sincerely thank you for your kindness in accommodating nurses in the recent advert placement by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board(CDFIPB) as published by Daily Trust Newspaper on 30th April, 2018.

2. However, with reference to the above subject matter, we wish to bring to your esteemed attention that the entry point for graduate nurses is now Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) post- NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).

3. This is sequel to the circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, dated 8th September, 2016 (please refer Annexure A).

4. The position of the aforementioned circular is also strongly backed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), which through its own circular (Ref no. C.6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017) confirmed that all existing Nursing Officers who are still below the new base of Grade Level 09 (i.e. CONHESS 08) should be moved to the new base [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)].

5. The FMOH also confirmed that seniority on this new post [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)] should be effective from 8th September, 2016 being the date of release of the circular, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) (please refer Annexure B for the circular from FMOH).

6. To ensure total compliance and speedy implementation of its position on the placement of the graduate nurses, the Federal Ministry of Health had on 20th February, 2018, directed all the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs), Medical Directors (MDs), and Heads of Regulatory Bodies/Agencies to effect the placement of graduate nurses as stated above vide another circular Ref.C6093/T/16 (please refer Annexure C).

7. We also wish to draw your esteemed attention to another circular from the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation (Ref No. B.63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002), which stipulated that whenever there is an enhancement in the base grade level of any cadre in the Civil Service, all officers who fall below the new entry point must be adjusted with seniority on the new post being the date of adjustment of the entry point (Please refer Annexure D).

8. It is instructive to also point out that the position of Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) of the year 1981 on placement of graduate nurses was explicit as it granted that the profession of Nursing is on parity with that of Pharmacy in Nigeria as is the case in Great Britain.

9. Therefore, as both the profession of Pharmacy and Nursing share the same entry qualification and a five (5) year duration for the first degree in the university, plus one year internship training post-qualification, we expect the placement of nurses with Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree to be on the same grade level at which their counterparts with Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree are placed (Please refer Annexure E for the IAP Award).

10. Notwithstanding, we apply that any nurse with a minimum of first degree in nursing, currently serving under your Ministry, who is still below grade level 09 (CONHESS 08), be expressly upgraded to at least CONHESS 08 (GL09) with effective date of 8th September, 2016. We further apply that fresh appointment of graduate nurses into the Service in your Ministry be forthwith on the new base (.i.e CONHESS 08).

11. We equally ask that due arrears from this effective date of 8th September, 2016 be paid to all the affected nursing officers who are in the service.

12. Please kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!


                                                                      Signed:

Chief (Hon) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                              Nurse G.I. Nshi
     National President                                                                                National Secretary


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Friday, 16 March 2018

UGONSA NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE AND SCIENTIFIC UPDATE - KADUNA 2018: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) will hold its 19th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update from Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October, 2018 at Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria. UGONSA cordially invites every Nurse to submit an abstract in research, project, dissertation, thesis, or theoretical/conceptual framework to be considered for presentation at conference. Please, note that project papers should include best evidence-based practices.

THEME: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCE IN NURSING EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IN NIGERIA: DYNAMICS AND NEXUS.

TAG: The conference shall be used to champion the course for proper placement of Graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Ns) degree at par with their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines and is therefore tagged “PROPER PLACEMENT SUMMIT”.  

Submission Deadline
Materials must be received by UGONSA no later than 12 Midnight on Tuesday July 31, 2018. No extension will be granted. Materials should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft words format, through the UGONSA official email address, gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com.

Abstract Review and Selection Process
After the submission deadline, all completed and eligible abstracts will be made available to UGONSA Abstract Reviewers (AR) for blinded review, vetting and scoring following satisfaction of originality index test. Final decision will be made by the programme committee in late August, 2018.
Abstracts will be evaluated and scored solely on their scientific merits.
Incomplete Abstracts will not be reviewed.
Likewise, any material that fails the originality index test will be regarded as a plagiarized work and will accordingly be rejected.

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the presenting author in early August, 2018 by email; consequently, an accurate email address is critical. If your abstract is accepted, the email will specify whether it is accepted for presentation at the plenary session or whether it has been selected to be published in our journal and online on our website only.  If you submitted an abstract and did not receive any notification at this specified time, you should send us an email via gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com or visit our site, www.ugonsa.com , and fill the contact form.
If after completing your submission, you did not receive a confirmation email from UGONSA within 72 hours, you should contact us as stated above.

Abstract Submission Fee: Not Applicable

Conference Registration fee and Accommodation
The Conference schedule and registration modalities will be on the conference posters and fliers that will be circulated round the country by August 2018. Registration fee is N10, 000 (ten thousand naira) for Graduates and N5000 (five thousand naira) for undergraduates. Fee shall cover conference T-shirt, bag, Materials and meals (breakfast and lunch) only. Accommodation shall be paid for by each of the participants. UGONSA shall bargain and arrange for decent and affordable hotel accommodation in Kaduna within the price range of N2000 (two thousand naira) to N7000 (seven thousand naira) per night to make cost of lodging minimal and considerate for participants.

Conference Programme
The onsite printed programme will include the specific time for each abstract presentation and the name of the moderator for each session. Abstracts may list multiple study authors.

Presentation at the Conference
The presentation at the conference must reflect submitted abstract. In particular, the abstract title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the conference must match the submitted abstract, although updates on results may be added.

Guidelines for Paper Presentation at the Conference
Paper must not exceed 15 pages, including tables and references, and should be typed double line space on A4-sized paper.
APA referencing format, 7th edition, should be used.
UGONSA shall make hard copies available to participants during conference. Paper should include cover page with title, author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address.

Commitment
Each submitter will be notified about the programme committee’s decision on acceptance of an abstract. Each author shall be asked to accept the invitation to present. Presenters must take very seriously their commitment to make presentations, except in cases of true emergency. In such case UGONSA shall publish an errata sheet to be distributed with the proceedings indicating the names of individuals and their abstract titles that have been listed for presentation but would no longer be presented at the conference.  If a scheduled presenter failed to show-up for reasons other than the aforementioned, such shall attract blacklisting which shall cause UGONSA to refuse to accept subsequent works from the affected author in the future.

Abstract Withdrawal
Once an abstract is accepted, a written request to withdraw must be submitted no later than September 5th 2018 through gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com if the author decides to withdraw the abstract for any reason. Abstracts will not be withdrawn after this deadline.
UGONSA reserves the right to withdraw abstracts that are in violation of the Association’s policies and guidelines, such as those that have failed the originality index test for plagiarism, or have been deemed scientifically unsound, or have been found to include inaccurate data, etc.

For further inquiry, Kindly contact:
University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), CAC/IT/69387
C/O National Secretary
Main Theatre Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki,
Ebonyi State Nigeria.
Phone: +2348065585953



Website: www.ugonsa.com

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

NURSES CALL FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF MORE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY


Nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has called for establishment of more Neuropsychiatric hospitals across Nigeria.
The Association observed that existing Neuropsychiatric facilities are stretched beyond their capacities due to increasing incidence of Mental Health challenges among Nigerians.
In a statement on Monday by the National Secretary of UGONSA, Nur. G.I. Nshi, the association said it observed that depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation and post-traumatic stress disorders are on the rise in the country owing to unbearable level of stress probably orchestrated by the harsh economic reality in the land.
It said, “the existing Mental Health facilities have been overstretched beyond their capacity. Nurses and Physicians in Mental Health facilities across this country are overworked beyond their carrying capacity and are adversely exposed to increased level of clinical harms. Regrettably, their hazard allowance remains the insulting sum of five thousand naira in a country that pays political office holders millions of naira as newspaper allowance.
It drew example from the South-East, Nigeria and identified that the whole of Ebonyi State is served by a 24 – bedded psychiatric ward of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA). This ward has 26 Nurses and 21 physicians, 1 EEG machine, 1 suction machine, 1 ECT machine, and 1 sphygmomanometer serving the whole of Ebonyi State and beyond.
With the current shut down of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, by industrial crisis, the Mental Health Unit of FETHA is now almost the only alternative for the people of the South-East, Zone.
This calls for urgent need to expand the Psychiatric Ward of FETHA to a fully fledged Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital. This should not only be for South-East zone. It should be replicated across other zones of the Country as well.
The increasing incidence of Mental Health challenges facing the country require that we upgrade the existing facilities, update their equipments, build more centres, engage more professional healthcare workers and reward them appropriately by making an upward review of their hazard allowance.
It is high time the Federal Government made concerted effort to promote the mental health of the citizens- the statement concluded.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

LASSA FEVER: NURSES CALL FOR OVERHAUL OF HEALTH SYSTEM; BEMOAN PALTRY HAZARD ALLOWANCE PAID TO HEALTH WORKERS.

Nurses under the auspices of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) have frowned at the state of the Nigerian health system and called on the government to live up to its responsibility and overhaul the health system for efficient and effective care delivery.
Reacting to the recent death of Doctors and Nurses at the hand of Lassa fever in  Ebonyi State, the association decried as despicable the level of lip service paid to development and strengthening of the Nigerian health system by successive governments.
In a  statement in Abakaliki on Thursday by its National President, Chief (Hon) Solomon Egwuenu, and its National Secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi, the association said the recent killings by Lassa Fever of health workers in Ebonyi State was avoidable  but for gross neglect and abandonment of our health system by government.
“At the latest count more than 40 health workers have died as a result of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State alone in the past 13 years.  This ugly incidence has continued because there have been no proactive measures fostered by the government to arrest it over the years.
“What we see each time we experience the avoidable dead of health workers from Lassa fever is that government officials rush to the press to commiserate with the victims and hypocritically resume the supply of basic personal protective equipments (PPE) and hand sanitizers to hospitals. But as soon as the tension dies down, hand sanitizers, PPEs, electricity  and ever running water disappear and become essential commodities in our hospitals, leaving our compassionate nurses and physicians with the pathetic option of treating patients largely unprotected, and in the process, dying while trying to save others from a preventable disease like the Lassa fever.
“The worst is that as we bury the deceased in agony, the government mocks the living health workers by paying them five thousand naira as hazard allowance. In Nigeria today, we all know that five thousand naira can hardly procure a comprehensive therapeutic drug regimen let alone run a basic laboratory health screening.
“Despite this, our irrational government that pays millions of naira to political office holders as newspaper and wardrobe allowances does not see any good in reviewing upward the current ridiculous hazard allowance payable to health workers in the face of non-provision or inadequate supply of basic PPE and sanitizers for standard universal precaution in our healthcare institutions.
“We advice JOHESU and NMA to sheath their swords and fight together to salvage the plight of the Nigerian  health workers especially on this issue of abusive hazard allowance because the current government seems insensitive to the plight of the health workers and more so seems too comfortable with the rot in our health system.
The association further queried why the South-East virology centre built by Ebonyi State government and commissioned by the Federal government two years ago is not yet fully functional, necessitating the arduous ferrying of victims of Lassa fever, by road, to far away Irrua in Edo State, which leads to the
deaths, from exhaustion, of some of them in the course of such a long distance journey on very bad roads.
“With the pomp and ceremony that greeted the commissioning of the South-East virology centre, we thought the government had meant business in efforts to curtail the endemic Lassa fever. Two years later, it is now clear that it was the usual case of “the more you look, the less you see”.
“We have come to the conclusion that the problem with Nigeria is not APC or PDP or any other political party but bad leadership. With the change mantra mouthed by the APC, we hoped that Buhari was coming to overhaul our health system and end medical tourism. But what we have witnessed is escalating medical tourism, poor remuneration of health workers, dearth and decay of facilities and incessant migration of our best brains in the health system oversea in search of greener pastures.
The association called on Nigerians to be objective and wise and stop voting along ethnic, religious, tribal or party lines but rather on verifiable facts of what a candidate can offer.
“While we urge Nigerians to diligently observe all the preventive measures against Lassa fever currently being preached across electronic and traditional media, such as rearing of cats in rodent-populous environments, storage of foods and wastes in rodent-proof containers, cooking of foods properly and proper hand washing with soap and water,  we also call for objectiveness in voting during elections.

“Having seen that the current APC government is no better than the past PDP governments we chastised, we advise Nigerians to make concerted effort to end the perennial health and economic sufferings we have been subjected to by looking beyond ethnicity, tribe, religion and political affiliations and objectively root, in future elections, for pragmatic and selfless leaders whose antecedents testify of their possession of the will power to overhaul our health system, stop medical tourism and turn around our economy – the statement concluded. 
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Friday, 5 January 2018

EXCLUSION OF NURSE INTERNS FROM INTERNSHIP ADVERTS: UGONSA REPORTS UNTH AND FMC OWERRI TO MINISTER OF HEALTH

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

Attention:    Director, Human Resources,
                      & Director, Hospital Services,
Federal Ministry of Health,
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083,
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
Sir,
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NURSES BY THE MANAGEMENT OF UNTH AND FMC OWERRI: AN URGENT APPEAL FOR YOUR KIND INTERVENTION

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing Science, wishes you a happy New Year.
  1.  We write to draw your kind attention to the gross injustice, discrimination and wanton marginalization of nurses by the management of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu and that of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri.
  2.  The two hospitals had on 25th October and 24th November, 2017 respectively, made adverts for placement of interns. These adverts however, selectively excluded nurse interns from the categories of internship positions advertised which listed interns of all other core healthcare professions for whom a one year internship training, like in nursing, forms a compulsory and integral part of their training.
  3.  We were appalled by the selective discrimination so we wrote them on 6th December, 2017 vide our letter Ref No. UGONSA/017/CMD/UNTH/01 and UGONSA/017/CMD/FMCO/01, calling for rectification of the anomaly in case it had been an unfortunate error. We wonder what nurses have done wrong that would warrant the selective exclusion of their intending interns from running internship training which, like that of the other healthcare professions that were advertised, was also approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Council on Establishment (NCE) and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) as well as the statutory regulatory body (for nursing in Nigeria .i.e. the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria).
  4.   Since we wrote them over the ugly development, the managements of these two hospitals have surprisingly maintained a loud silence on the issue. This deafening silence has eroded all our benefits of doubt and rather reinforced our speculation that it may be a continuation of the oppressive sentiments against nurses that have become the characteristic stock-in-trade of the chief executive officers of some government owned hospitals.
  5.    By denying nursing the opportunity to run internship programme for its fresh graduates in their facilities, the management of UNTH and FMC Owerri are toying with and jeopardizing the future of hundreds of fresh graduate nurses whose full registration and licensure by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are tied to internship training. They are also robbing the country of the opportunity of producing qualified manpower needed to drive effective care delivery in our health system especially as nurses are the first and the last line of defence for patients in any healthcare delivery system in the world.
  6.  Most especially, they are breaching the constitution of the land by discriminating against their fellow Nigerians on the basis of their chosen professional career, which is recognized as a noble career by the law of the land.
  7.  It is instructive to point out that these hospitals have also refused to effect the proper placement of graduate nurses under their employ despite calling their attention to the Federal Ministry of Health’s circular, Ref No. C.6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017, which recommended such (refers) following the circular from the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97dated 8th September, 2016 that granted internship training for fresh graduate nurses.
  8.   The above mentioned act, coupled with the latest issue of exclusion of nursing from their internship adverts, portends that progressive and developmental efforts pertaining to nursing are in trouble in UNTH and FMC Owerri. Hence our outcry for your kind intervention!
PRAYER
In the light of the foregoing we passionately appeal for your urgent intervention in mandating the managements of UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla and FMC Owerri to
  1.   make a supplementary advert placement for the post of nurse interns to give nurses a sense of belonging, give fresh graduate nurses opportunity to get internship training for full registration and licensure as was done for their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines, and foster equity and fairness.
  2.    upgrade any nurse with a minimum of first degree in nursing, serving under their  institutions, who is still on CONHESS 07 (GL 08), expressly to CONHESS 08 (GL09) with effective date of 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular Ref No.Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation), with due arrears paid in full to all the affected nursing officers.
  3. consider the nascence of internship training for the graduates of B.N.Sc degree as a ground for recruiting nurse interns in large and considerable numbers. 
  4.   respect the extant laws, rules and regulations by giving the fresh graduate nurses similar internship opportunity that was given to their counterparts in other core healthcare disciplines to foster their full registration and licensure by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and help the country with qualified manpower needed to drive effective care delivery in our health system.
We also request that you kindly make a memo directing all CMDs/MDs to implement in their respective facilities the nurse’s internship and proper placement of already employed graduate nurses who are still below the new base for entry of graduate nurses [i.e. Grade Level 09 (CONHESS 08)] into the civil service. This is to forestall a repeat of this ugly incidence that happened in UNTH and FMC Owerri from repeating in other healthcare centres.
    
Please kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!

                                                           Signed

Chief (Hon) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                                  Nurse G.I. Nshi

     National President                                                                     National Secretary
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Monday, 25 December 2017

UGONSA FELICITAES WITH NURSES AT CHRISTMAS

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has eulogized the selfless efforts of nurses in care of mankind.

In a Christmas and New Year message jointly signed by its National President, Chief (Hon). S.E.O Egwuenu, and its National Secretary, Nur. G.I. Nshi, the association described nurses as the indefatigable “first and last line of defence” for patients.

The message reads, “It is said that one who saves a life is a hero. Nurses save millions of lives. Therefore, nurses are super heroes.

“Even though our efforts are downplayed by the very society we sacrifice all to serve and protect, we should take pride in the fact that our work is noble, virtuous and knowledge-based and without us no meaningful success is achieved in care delivery at all levels of healthcare, anywhere in the world.
“As we celebrate Christmas and prepare to journey through year 2018, it’s good we remind ourselves that we also contribute to the reason our giant strides are downplayed by the society.

“We have not sufficiently propagated our crucial roles in care delivery to the public through effective public relations. Nobody can do that better than us!

“We therefore implore nurses to acquaint themselves with the tenets of public relations in nursing practice and market nursing as the good and indispensable product that it is, everywhere, everyday and every time.

It is time to speak, preach and elaborate our indefatigable roles as the first and last line of defence for mankind in care delivery, in health and in illness.


As we welcome 2018, another great year of expected great achievements, we wish to remind nurses that we are ambassadors of the profession anywhere we are and as ambassadors must make sure we radiate the best of what the profession stands for to our environment- the message said.
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

UGONSA WRITES UNTH ON EXCLUSION OF NURSE INTERNS FROM INTERNSHIP ADVERT

The Chief Medical Director,
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, 
Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Attention:
Head of Nursing Services,
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, 
Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Sir/Madam, 

INTERNSHIP AND PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATE NURSES 

The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) also known as Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), a professional association for all nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing, brings you her nightingales’ greeting.

2. With reference to the above subject matter, we wish to bring to your esteemed attention that this association, in a letter Ref No. UGONSA/017/FMOH/01 dated 6th February, 2017, wrote the Federal Ministry of Health and the ministry, in her response (Ref no. C.6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017) confirmed that all existing Nursing Officers who are still on CONHESS 07 (.i.e Grade Level 08) should be moved to the new base [.i.e. CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09)] and that seniority on this new post should be effective from 8th September, 2016 (please refer Annexure A), being the date of release of the circular, Ref No. HSCF/EPO/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) (please refer Annexure B).

3. Consequently, we apply that any nurse with a minimum of first degree in nursing, serving under your institution, who is still on CONHESS 07 (GL 08), be expressly upgraded to CONHESS 08 (GL09) with effective date of 8th September, 2016.

4. We equally ask that due arrears from this effective date of 8th September, 2016 be paid to all the affected nursing officers.

5. We also observed that the post of nurse intern was omitted from the current internship advert placement made by UNTH. We wish to assume that such omission might not be deliberate and therefore respectfully call your attention to the fact that Federal Government has approved and granted internship training for graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as shown by the circular attached as Annexure B.

6. We also wish to call your attention to the letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Ref No. N&MCN/SG/RO/CIR/24/VOL.4/4, dated February 3, 2017 addressed to all Chief Medical Directors, conveying commencement of one year internship training for graduates of B.N.Sc degree (please refer Annexure C) and the accompanying implementation guide for the internship programme as released by the council (please refer Annexure D).

7. Our assumption remains that the exclusion of the post of nurse intern in your hospital's advert for internship placement that accommodated all other disciplines except nursing, may probably stem from the aforementioned and attached documents not having being made available to your office.

8. We therefore use this opportunity to formally avail the documents to your office and ask for immediate commencement of internship training for the graduates of B.N.Sc degree in UNTH by reviewing the current advert placement for interns to include the post of Nurse Intern.

PRAYER
From the foregoing, we strongly demand that

i. any nurse with a minimum of first degree in nursing, serving under your institution, who is still on CONHESS 07 (GL 08), be expressly upgraded to CONHESS 08 (GL09) with effective date of 8th September, 2016,with due arrears paid in full to all the affected nursing officers.

ii. you urgently review the current advert placement for interns by UNTH that excluded nurse interns and include the post of Nurse Interns, for equity and fairness.

iii. you consider the nascence of internship training for the graduates of B.N.Sc degree as a ground for recruiting nurse interns in large and considerable numbers.  

 Please kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards! 

Signed


Chief (Hon) S.E.O. Egwuenu                                                                    Nurse G.I. Nshi
     National President                                                                                     National Secretary

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