UGONSA Takes Struggle for Internship and Proper Placement of Graduate Nurses to OAUTH

Chief Medical Director,

ObafemiAwolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH),

P.M.B. 5538, Ile-Ife,

Osun State, Nigeria,



Director of Administration,


Head of Nursing Services, OAUTH,





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


2. We write to request that you implement the graduate nurses internship in your hospital and as well effect the proper placement of those that are already in the service as prescribed by the circular, REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 dated 8th September, 2016 from the office of the head of civil service of the federation (please refer Annexure A).


3. The referred circular has 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 with the implication that baccalaureate education of nurses is now incomplete and void without the internship training.


4. The opportunity of blending theory with clinical practice offered by the internship training is not only most beneficial to fresh graduate nurses but also to patients, especially as nurses form the first line of client care, have the highest visibility and number of hours spent with patients and maintain a ‘round-the-clock’ interaction with patients in the hospital.


5. Since the lives of people have been entrusted unto nurses’ care, it is imperative that they are adequately trained and motivated to perform this special responsibility effectively and efficiently hence our request for implementation of the internship training and proper placement of graduate nurses by your hospital.


6. For ease of implementation of our request we hereby avail you the Federal Ministry of Health’s guideline for implementation of internship and proper placement of graduate nurses (please refer Annexure B) and other relevant documents for your due guidance.



We passionately request that you


1. help fresh graduate nurses trained in Obafemi Awolowo University 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 as is done for graduates of other healthcare disciplines.


2. upgrade existing nursing officers, who were on CONHESS 07 (.i.e Grade Level 08) before the release of the circular, to the new base of CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09) 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 C).


3. Commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS 07 instead of CONHESS 08 even after 8th September, 2016 (the date the circular was released) to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.


Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.






National President National Secretary

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Approved Post Graduate Nursing Degree Courses

This is to inform you that the Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 42″ General meeting has approved the following for the purpose of registration as Nurse Educators.

1. Diploma in Nursing Education (DNE) from Nurse Tutors’ Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health.

2. Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

3. Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

4. Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE).

5. MSc Nursing Education from accredited Department. Nursing of approved universities.

In view of the above, all those who acquired the above qualifications from accredited institutions in Nigeria are encouraged to register with the Council as Educators.

Thank you.


Margaret C. Eze (Mrs)

Direct Nursing Education/ HOD For: Secretary General/


New River Community College’s Nurse Aide Program 2019 Admission Registration

Registration opens for nurse aide program

Registration is open for New River Community College’s nurse aide program.


Nurse aides help patients or clients with health care needs under the supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. They provide hands-on care to patients, such as helping with bathing, dressing, and taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure, and other vital signs.


The 13-week program (class ID #11729) begins Jan. 15 and runs 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with five clinical sessions on Saturdays, 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Training is held at New River Community College in Dublin.


Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Virginia Nurse Aide State Board Exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nurse aides is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026. The average annual wage in Virginia is $27,920.


The program’s regular price is $2,298; but with special state funding the discounted price is $766. Additional financial assistance may also be available.


This course is one of eight NRCC FastForward programs that provides affordable and short-term training through the Office of Workforce Development.


To register, visit, Classes and Programs, Non-Credit Course Offerings and search with the class ID number; or call 540-674-3613 and ask for Kim Matthews.

Nurse and a Blogger Shannon Stewart Releases new Book “Grief”

There’s one thing many people share across communities, income brackets, religions, genders, and lifestyles. They often are ill-prepared to manage their emotions when someone close to them becomes seriously ill, or worse is expected to only have a limited time left to live. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been many straight-from-the-heart, easy to relate to resources dealing with the subject to help people facing this kind of barrage of often conflicting emotions. Stepping up to help, is the uniquely qualified, deeply experienced Critical Care Nurse, Social Media Micro-Influencer, well-respected blogger, and co-publisher of two best selling Amazon books Shannon Stewart. Stewart decided to take her 18 years plus of experience in this area and use it as the foundation for her latest book “Grief: 5 Lives, 5 Stories, 1 Need… Acceptance” aimed at not just telling the stories of people facing grief and how they work their way through the experience, but, importantly, giving her own professional, actionable advice on how those who may face similar circumstances can make it through to the other side as emotionally and physically intact as possible.


“I am very excited to see ‘Grief’ being released, I really think many people will find a huge amount of value in the lessons taught,” commented the energetic Stewart. “I love to write and becoming a published author is the logical next step from my social media influencer work and blogging.”


A true medical professional, Stewart graduated on December 5th, 2018 from South University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program and is a critical care Registered Nurse with a CCRN certification. Only 2% of the over 3,000,000 Registered Nurses in the United States hold this truly elite certification, confirming Stewart’s position as an authority in the critical areas that “Grief” touches on.


The pre-release of “Grief” is available for order on


For more information on Stewart’s diverse work be sure to visit


About Shannon Stewart


Shannon E. Stewart is a critical care Registered Nurse, an executive of the independent label and publishing house 2MCH4YA Global Entertainment, co-publisher for a two-time best-selling author, and an Instagram and social media influencer. One of her true passions is shining light on the work done by caregivers as she also has been a caregiver not just in her professional life, but in her personal life to her 100% disabled veteran spouse.

Tips To Dating A Nurse And How To Get Married to A Nurse

Nurses are believed to be the best spouses and make good mothers [Source/]

Nurses have a great character of being the best mothers and spouses.Many people live on wishes to have a nurse as his or her better half but they are so unlucky because of their mode of approach.


Here are the ways you can use to win a Nurse:


1. Be courageous


Every Nurse needs a courageous guy who can express himself or herself without fear.They belief that any situation or misfortunes they come across in life needs to be faced courageously.



2. Be frank


Nurses always wants a person to be frank and straight to the point,Never should you pretend or lie to Nurse.


3. Be decently dressed


A Nurse will always appreciate a presentable man or woman,because they are always smartly dressed in Nurses uniforms.


4. Avoid being sympathetic


A Nurse will never tolerate a person who tries to symphatise with her/his workload ,because they are always dedicated to their work,for example trying to make her/him feel the load of being in a night duty.


5. Dates decision


Let her always decide on the day she is ready for an out with you.


BONUS: Never provoke them


Nurses are prone to mood swings as they are always provoke in their line of duty by different situation ,for example death of a patient receiving their care.



General Nursing Council of Zambia 2019 License Renewal Process and Information


The renewal exercise for the 2019 professional practincing licences for nurses and midwives that started five (5) months ago (on 1st August 2018) ends on 31st December 2018. Thereafter, penalty fees will apply.

Therefore, those nurses and midwives who have not yet renewed their 2019 licences are encouraged to do so now, either at Lusaka or Kitwe General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) offices.

The licence fees can be deposited in ZANACO; Bill Muster. Those facing challenges with ZANACO Bill Muster can deposit their licence fees in the following Bank Account:



Account name: GNC LICENSE &


Account No.: 1287294300157,


Branch code: 010003

Swift code: ZNCOZMLU

Thank you and compliment of the season.

Issued by

Thom Dauti Yungana






ABU Zaria Online Distance Learning Nursing Starts September 2019

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria is set to start offering courses in Nursing Sciences through its distance learning programme starting in September 2019 as NUC approves course.
The chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), ABU chapter, Malam Haruna Yusuf, who made this known during a get-together organised for the members of the association, advised people unable to go for further studies on regular basis to take advantage of the planned distance learning programme.
Speaking, the Registrar of ABU, Malam Ahmed Kundila, said members of NANNM could use their savings in the cooperative society of the association to start life after service before they received their gratuity.
By: Isa Sa’idu, Zaria 

Canadian Nurses Association to co-host International Council of Nurses 2023 Congress in Montreal

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) today announced it will hold its Congress 2023 in Montreal, Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Nurses Association.

The Board of Directors of ICN has thoroughly reviewed the bids from four national nursing associations. Based on the presented documents and the site-visits made by ICN’s experts, the Board of Directors evaluated the bids against established criteria and made a unanimous decision in favour of Montreal.

The International Council of Nurses holds its international Congresses every two years. In 2019 the Congress will be held in Singapore, and in 2021 it will be held in Abu Dhabi. The Congresses are the meeting point for thousands of nurses across the globe and provide opportunities for nurses to build relationship and to disseminate nursing and health related knowledge.

Quacks Training Quacks in Nigeria: Banes of Deterioration in Health Sector By Amanullahi Ismail Nasir

There was a time when when we knew what was wrong was wrong but now the wrong seems right to us. Is it as a result of pseudo existence of law or we choose not to pick interest because we haven’t fall victim. Not only drug hawking and medicine sellers issues call for serious concern but glorified stores that turn clinics/hospitals where quacks train quacks and people claiming the names that never belong to them should not be left untouched.

The professionals exhibit their expertise within their scope of practice, licensed by appropriate regulatory body, so also ethical and moral obligation which guide their conducts amongst several features but public turn around to blame professionals after treatments has been sought and irredeemable damages has been done to them by quacks. Many of these quacks you are patronizing are serial killers without firearms.

I was in a government hospital somewhere in southwest in 2017. On that faithful morning, a woman came in with the complain of lower abdominal pain, fever, dysuria (painful urination), foul discharge per vagina and others i can’t recall. On the course of investigation she made the doctor understood that she had had incomplete abortion and the remnant was evacuated by a self acclaimed ‘sonographer’. Sonographer? Ha! I can’t even imagine the nexus between and that made it hard for me to believed and not until after two weeks of evacuation she presented with the above complains. After the investigations she was diagnosed with PID ( pelvic inflammatory disease). The doctor prescribed the necessary drugs and she left and was told to come back later to determine the progress of the treatment. What if something worse has happened before she sought the help of professionals.

It is very nauseating to see quacks parade themselves as nurse/doctor and some of them got employed with same clinics that trained them while others open patent medicine store. Imagine someone without even the basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology prescribes drugs, administer injection, infusion, transfusion and do all such of filthy things you might never imagine. Yes! It is bad as that. Infact you will be gobsmacked when you get to some places.

Quackery is one contributory factor to drug abuse menace and has made the fighting against it seems fruitless despite regulations on the use of habit-forming drugs and which is why anybody can enter patent medicine store and ask for tablets of tramol without being questioned.


Public sometimes don’t help the matter as some can’t even differentiate who a nurse, doctor or pharmacist is even amongst the literates despite the distinctions and they thinks anybody that wear lab coat or white cloth is either a nurse/doctor even lab security wear lab coat here so don’t be deceived.

Without any form of exaggeration I hope quacks knows that nurses and doctors that they love to claim need to spend at least 7 and 8 years respectively as far as university education is concerned to obtain their first degrees with a lot of money, hardworking, dedication, prayer, and resilience. So if medical practice is vocational why would anyone risk all these to attend medical school, the shortcut would have been a better option.

The professionals training quacks are even the worse despite the rigorous training they went through but let their selfishness leads them. Anybody who train quacks has violate the meaning of professional so the person doesn’t deserve to be call one.

The government should try more to increase health budget, increase the hospitals workforce, absorb jobless professionals into the system and make the healthcare accessible at the grassroot level by improving and establishing more primary health centres.

The regulating bodies (Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria), federal and state ministries of health, state health facility monitoring and accreditation agency, professional associations (National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives) and others should not relent either through constant monitoring and sanction of anybody who go against the standard even if its to employ the service of law enforcement agencies. If you ask me I will say no one fit in the position to curb this quackery menace than you. There is need for drastic overhaul in the system even if the lady with lamp is alive today she wouldn’t have keep quite under her watchful eyes as things downturns.

It is understood that there is poverty in this country and it has overtook India in the extreme poverty ranking but people needs to beware of hospital they attend so that salt won’t be added to their injury and at the end you won’t spend multiple of what you didn’t plan to. What will be the story if you are being treated of malaria and you end up having kidney failure. Please take caution!

If you are not a victim today any of your relatives may be….so turn don’t deaf hear to this. The earlier we tackle quackery together the better for us.

Health is wealth.



Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Releases November 2018 Result

The Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria has released a circular detailing the statistics of the November 2018 result as contained in the MEMO’s below: