ADEBAYO ABIMBOLA : Meet The Winner Of Nightingale Speech Contest


The National Florence Nightingale Trophy Speech Contest (FNTSC) is an annual contest open to students from all Schools of Nursing in Nigeria. The 48th Annual Florence Nightingale Trophy Speech Contest held at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) School of Nursing, Egbe Kogi State, Nigeria with its theme; “Nurse, A Voice to lead! Healing and Caring: A Human Right”.

The competition ran from the 9th to the 12th of May and was structured in four stages including the essay writing, written quiz, oral interview and speech.

Over forty students from schools ranging from as far as Akwa-Ibom, Jos, Gombe to Katsina began the competition on the 9th of May having submitted their essays earlier. The occasion flagged off with the opening ceremony on 10th May, 2018, the symbolic handing over of the Florence Nightingale shield by the winner of the 2017 edition, Mr. Nwanbiaka Mark.

Following this, the contestants were tested on their knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology. Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pharmacology and Foundation of Nursing among others.
At about 6:00pm on 11th May, 2018, the result of the quiz was announced. The top 20 students then underwent the rigorous interview with the interviewers made up of academic authorities in the field of nursing, professors and seasoned nursing tutors.

As the night progressed, the results of the oral interview was announced. This was a pre-requisite in determining the five contestants who would make it into the final round of the competition.

At about 9:30pm, FNTSC committee members stepped into the hall for the announcement of the oral interview. As tutors and students trooped into the hall to listen to the results of the interview, there was an obvious change in the emotional atmosphere. Hearts raced, brows of sweat were clearly visible on some of the contestants as well as the accompanying tutors. Shortly after the results were announced, the Chairman announced the topic of the speech contest: “Nursing; the heartbeat of the nation’s healthcare system” leaving the top five contestants with limited time to prepare for the speech itself.

The grand finale held on 12th May, 2018. Finally, it was the moment everyone had been waiting for. It was time for the contestants’ presentation. The time to write their names in the sands of time. However, only one would lift the shield. The contestant from the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, Lantoro Abeokuta was first presented with the opportunity to win. He began. He presented with utmost confidence, passion, and fiery desire to win, he ended his presentation and was well applauded. Like a belle in a ball, the aura of her smile and confidence swept majestically across the hall.

Even when applauses were not allowed during a presentation by a contestant, her first delivery went deservedly with a huge applause from the crowd. Again, midway into the presentation, another applause rang out and this time, it was not from the audience. It was from the high table. She was instantly tipped to win the competition. As she concluded, standing ovation from the high table, audience and other schools were given. The student Nurse from the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Miss Adebayo Abimbola had won their hearts.

The other contestants from Eleyele, Lagos and Ado Ekiti stepped out and also drove home their points impressively. While the results were being computed, the ECWA SON students had other presentations to entertain the audience. Also, the address by the Executive Governor of Kogi state, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello was presented by his representative.

It was time for announcement of the results. The Judges and panellists gave their remarks commending all of the participants for their efforts and knowledge about Nursing and contemporary issues. The Panellists stated that each contestant was rated and scored using grammar, points, recommendations, relativity, lexis, definitions and composure as criteria. The winners were then announced. Below is a breakdown of the positions

1). OAUTHC School of Nursing, Ile-Ife Osun State.

2). LUTH School of Nursing, Lagos.

3). Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, Lantoro Abeokuta.

4). School of Nursing Eleyele.

5). School of Nursing EKSUTH Ado-Ekiti Ekiti.

The winner of the 48th edition of the Florence Nightingale Trophy Speech Contest, Adebayo Abimbola is a 300 level Nursing student of the revered Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing, Ile-Ife Osun State. A tireless seeker of knowledge, a repertoire of awesome achievements.

Adebayo Abimbola was born on 20th of March some years back, and grew up in Akure in Ondo State, where she attended Saint Louis Girls Grammar School, Akure, Ondo State.

This upcoming poet, artist, playwright, orator, politician and soon to be registered Nurse started creative writing and speaking at the age of nine, a habit she expressed with keen enthusiasm.

She is an avid reader who derives pleasure in reading books from reputable authors such as Joel Osteen, John Maxwell, and Joyce Meyer among others.

Equipped with an extraordinary ability of expression and leadership, she currently directs the drama unit of the Fellowship of Christian Nurses, OAUTHC, she once served as the Director of News of SLA Press. To show her political inclination, she was voted in as the Assistant General Secretary of Student Union Government of OAUTHC SON, owing to her indefatigability, she was later voted in for the second tenure as the General Secretary of the aforementioned union.

Adebayo Abimbola is a columnist for the OAUTHC KILONSHELE News Outfit. When she isn’t glued to her textbooks, she spends time hanging out with her friends, spending quality time with her family, taking pictures and hanging out in various geek-related establishments. She has interest in Nursing Research and is looking forward to becoming a nurse reformer by reaching the zenith of the profession.

Her philosophy is “Excellence is never a competition with anyone else but a competition with the man in the mirror”

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Doctor Slaps Nurse Several Time in Nigeria

A crisis is looming at the Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Awoyaya, Ibeju lekki Lagos, after a medical doctor, identified as Dr Okolo Emmanuel allegedly assaulted a nurse, Adeyera Dorcas.

Her Report States:
I, Nurse Adeyera Dorcas was at my duty post on the said day alongside my other colleague and two health attendants. At about 2:00 am, there was an emergency just outside the hospital door, inside a car. I stepped out of the hospital to have a clear look at the patient who was said to have been involved in an accident and already fractured a bone in his left leg.

The patient was conscious and alert, no obvious respiratory distress but seemed to be in severe pain. I went back inside the hospital to notify the doctor on call in person of Dr. Okolo Emmanuel. I told him there’s an accident emergency outside the hospital and immediately went back to move the patient inside the hospital.

On getting there, I noticed that my colleague, Registered Nurse/ Midwife Adebiyi had already offered the patient a stretcher and the relatives were trying to get the patient on it then I noticed the patient and relatives were Hausa and the owners of the car were just helpers. Immediately they dropped the patient on the stretcher, they zoomed off.

Back inside the hospital, Dr Okolo who had been to the emergency room might have realized the patient was not there yet and as he was about leaving the emergency room, saw the patient being carried towards him. He suddenly got angry and asked why the nurse didn’t allow him to see the patient first before bringing him into the hospital.

He pointed at me, blaming me for this and then said I should get out of his sight which I did immediately, only for him to get angrier and ordered the patient to be taken out of the hospital as he was not ready to attend to him.

He came to me and told me to make sure the patient leaves the hospital berating me once more. I felt so bittered about the situation and told the patient to leave the hospital.

I left for the pharmacy with the hope that the patient’s relatives will source for means of leaving gradually only for the doctor to come in a few minutes later and dragged me into his office. I was shocked and tried to remove my hands from his hold but he was too fierce.

In his office, he told me to get down on my kneels (Kneel down) to which I declined as it was against the ethics of my profession to do that in uniform, he gave me the first hard slap and repeated his utterance, I refused and called my colleague for help.

I tried to get out of his office but he dragged me back and reached for his belt and started beating me until the security men and my colleague came and tried to hold him, he then made mention that I was rude and he’s not my age mate, I tried explaining to the security men what had happened but he didn’t allow me to speak out, he reached for the sphygmomanometer and was about hitting it on my head when the security man took it from his hand and another round of slaps on my cheeks continued, this time around, I fell on the ground he continued punching me.

My colleague who was an eye witness went on her knees and started pleading on my behalf but Dr Okolo never stopped beating me until he was satisfied.

Another Nurse working at that facility who doesn’t want her name in prints confirmed the incident, according to her, Dr Okolo is an aggressive man and can go to any length to deal with anybody whether patients or nurses.

I once had issue with him and he categorically said he was going to kill me and that nothing will happen, she said.

Another eye witness also confirmed the incident, according to her, this is not the first case of assault against Nurses in this hospital. A patient had beaten up a nurse in this hospital some months back and nothing was done by the management. The management doesn’t care about the nurses’ welfare, they treat us as second class citizens.

Immediately this issue happened, we notified the MD and his response was that he would look into the issue later as he’s not ready to sack the Dr for now, she said.

DENOSA Decries Shortage of Nurses in South Africa

The severe shortage of nurses in South Africa is a “ticking time bomb” that requires urgent attention, said Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in an interview with Xinhua.

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, national communication manager of Denosa, cited poor working conditions, inadequate resources and the burden of disease as contributing factors behind the shortage.

Denosa has issued a report, warning the healthcare industry is in an incredible dire state as nurses were moving abroad.

“The shortage of nurses will explode in our faces one day. For instance, one nurse in a Kimberly hospital was looking after 27 patients alone. It’s very frustrating for healthcare workers because their capacity is not resulting in the positive outcomes in terms of health for patients,” Delihlazo said.

While some believe the system was collapsing, Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi conceded that it was “very distressed” and “going through a hard time.”

“The system finds itself extremely overloaded. This has resulted in very long waiting times in most of the facilities and lowering of quality in others,” Motsoaledi said.

As a result of the worsening conditions, skilled midwives were no longer willing to remain working in maternity units.

“Very few nurses are willing to work in maternity wards. In Tembisa hospital in 2017, they advertised 24 midwifery positions, and only five people applied.

“The situation is frustrating and demoralising for nurses. Midwives are moving to other general wards. Midwifery is a serious challenge because you have babies and mothers that die in maternity wards,” Delihlazo said.

While the population was growing, institutions of higher learning were not producing enough nurses to deal with the challenge.

The closure of nursing colleges after 1994 has been blamed for the current shortage.

In his 2011 State of the Nation Address, the then President Jacob Zuma acknowledged the shortage and made an undertaking that 106 colleges would be re-opened to tackle the problem.

However, former president Zuma left office without delivering on the promise.

Responding to the issue, health department spokesperson Foster Mohale said: “the department is currently working on the ratios that will determine the required standards for the work loads of nurses and other health professionals.” – Xinhua

Namibia’s public health sector pulling out all stops to absorb unemployed nurses

Windhoek – The Namibian Government has dismissed accusations that it is favouring foreign nurses, mostly Kenyans and Zimbabweans, at their expense.

Unemployed nurses have been demanding that government terminate contracts of all non-Namibian nurses, doctors and other medical professionals and hire local graduates that have been roaming the streets since 2017.

Most of the enrolled nurses that graduated in April from the University of Namibia’s School of Nursing and Public Health and the International University of Management remain jobless. Enrolled nurses trained at the National Health Training Centre run by the Ministry of Health and Social Services are also crying foul.

Due to the financial crisis, the government has imposed a blanket freeze on the public sector recruitment to save costs, despite an acute shortage of staff at state health facilities across the country.

Last week, a group of about 100 unemployed nursing graduates met Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to present their grievances and to plead for her intervention.

The group’s spokesperson, Junias Shilunga, a UNAM graduate, has confirmed that there are at least 210 unemployed registered nurses who graduated from local institutions but have been waiting to be employed since last year.

However, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has rubbished the perception that the government is favouring foreign nurses. She told Parliament on Tuesday that the government has not renewed any contact with foreign nurses since September 2017. She said a circular has been issued to all national and regional directors and medical superintendents and officials in charge of state hospitals and other health centres to suspend the appointment or extension of contracts of non-Namibians as well as Namibians who have reached the age of 60.

“It is a fact that currently the government does not have the sufficient number of vacant posts to accommodate all graduates due to the current financial crisis. However, certain adjustments and control measures have to be put in place in order to accommodate all graduates,” she said.

According to the Prime Minister, many foreign nurses have left the country, except for 96 Kenyan nurses, who are on a bilateral agreement signed between Namibia and Kenya, whose contracts lapse by 2020.

“The ministry does not automatically renew the contracts of foreigners. Rather, it considers instances where the health facilities want to retain certain foreign nurses due to their expertise in critical areas such as intensive care, theatre, and maternity care,” she explained.

Currently, there are about 12,900 nurses serving in the public health sector. The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, has confirmed that the ministry has started the recruitment process of 320 nurses, who graduated in April 2018, while all 2017 graduates have been absorbed.

The ministry has 387 vacant posts for enrolled nurses. However, the government can only fund 151 posts at a cost of R22.9 million and would require an additional R35.8 million to fill 236 posts.

Kavetuna also revealed that 215 registered nurses have applied for employment in the public health sector but there are only 211 vacancies available, out of which 125 nurses would take R27.7 million. The ministry would need an additional R19 million to fill the remaining 86 posts.

Furthermore, she said the number of graduates is expected to increase, as an estimated 217 registered nurses are expected to graduate in September 2018.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that we create maximum positions within our space. In fact, 99 posts were created by abolishing nearly 213 managerial and administrative posts in order to accommodate professionals such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals,” she said.

The ministry received R6.2 billion in the 2017/18 financial year. Kavetuna, therefore, urged the private health sector to come on board and absorb some of the graduates, as the government cannot be the sole employer of all graduates.
Source : The Southern Times

24 year Ugandan Wins Africa Prize For Bloodless Malaria Test

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger.

The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute.

He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Matibabu team, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

“[Gitta] brought up the idea: ‘Why can’t we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?” Mr Sekitto said.

“Matibabu is simply a game-changer,” Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur, said in a statement.

“It’s a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development – in this case by improving healthcare.”

Matibabu, which means “treatment” in Swahili, clips onto a patient’s finger and does not require a specialist to operate.

Its red beam can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells – all of which are affected by malaria.

The majority of global deaths caused by malaria – usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito – occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

His team hopes the device can one day be used as a way to better detect malaria across the continent.

But before that, Matibabu has to go through a number of regulators before being available in the market, Mr Sekitto told the BBC.

It is “not an easy journey because you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the device is safe for human use”, he said.

In the meantime, the Matibabu team are currently writing an academic paper on their findings, have been approached by international researchers offering support, and are currently performing field trials on the device.

The prize, which was set up in 2014, provides support, funding, mentoring and business training to the winners, the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement.

Mr Gitta has also been awarded £25,000 ($33,000) in prize money from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities – which are what we need most at the moment,” Mr Gitta said in a statement.
Source: Leadership Newspaper

Nurses Face Cyberbullying From Colleagues And Patients

Online abuse, complete with false sexual allegations, is hitting nurses as cyberbullying in the profession is dubbed the “new nursing phenomenon”.

Natalia D’Souza from Massey University’s School of Management has done a thesis into the issue, pointing out that cyberbullying from clients, patients, relatives, and students was happening on top of traditional workplace bullying.

“It is following them home – it is with them 24-7,” she said.

For her thesis, D’Souza talked to eight nurses who had experienced cyberbullying.

The small number was so she could look in-depth at each case.

Of those, three had faced it from outside their organisation – from the likes of disgruntled former patients, their relatives, or students.

“I would say it is quite prevalent [in the wider nursing community] and likely to increase as well,” D’Souza said. “Particularly from people outside the organisation.”

One nurse she spoke to faced five years of defamation, false sexual allegations, and breaches of privacy. That nurse had her addresss and phone number posted on a public blog then had strangers call her up.

The Nursing Council got in touch with the nurse after being notified of the false sexual allegations, D’Souza said

Another nurse was defamed for several months, while the third faced hostility and aggression, as well as inappropriate calls and voice messages over several years.

The online bullying, especially from outsiders, was particularly-pernicious as it was not just confined to workplaces.

Because it was on social media they had no control over who saw it, which could include family members.

Of the nurses she spoke to, just one was able to successfully resolve the matter and D’Souza said more work was needed to address it.

“Unlike with traditional bullying, across all cases, organisations lacked any existing policy or guidelines on cyberbullying, at least from target perspectives,” a report on her thesis said.

Nurses’ Organisation magazine Kai Tiaki Nursing dubbed cyber-bullying as a “new nursing phenomenon”, saying it was a growing problem in the industry.

Source: Stuff

Canadian Nurses Association Expands to Include All four Categories of Nurses

A historic vote at today’s annual meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association has expanded the national association’s membership to include all four categories of regulated nurses in Canada.

“For the first time, Canada has a national nursing association that includes all regulated nurses and represents the collective voice of the nursing profession.” says Jerry Macdonald, president of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). “This historic vote signals a commitment to intra-professional nursing collaboration which can more effectively respond to the evolving health system and enhance nursing care for the public.”

Nursing care is commonly provided by teams that can include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses depending on the needs of the people being served. CNA’s decision is also a response to regulatory changes taking place in several jurisdictions. British Columbia has created one regulator for all four categories of regulated nurses and the province’s new nursing association is also inclusive of all nursing designations. Nova Scotia’s regulators for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are also moving towards one regulatory body. CNA’s original bylaws stipulated that members could only be registered nurses or nurse practitioners.

“Canadians have high expectations of nurses regardless of our specific role,” says CARNA CEO Joy Peacock. “Nurses can be a powerful force for innovation and change within our health system when we are united. We now have a national association that can speak for the whole family of nursing.”

CARNA is the regulatory college and professional association for Alberta’s more than 37,000 registered nurses including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners.

SOURCE College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Men in Nursing Profession Earn More Than $6,000 More Annually Than Women

Press Release: In a profession dominated by women, men in nursing earn more than $6,000 more a year than their female counterparts, according to a by OnCourse Learning survey of more than 4,500 nurses across the country.

The Nursing Salary Research Report, which included registered nurses from all 50 states, showed men earn an average of $79,688 compared to $73,090 for women. Men make up almost 12% of the U.S. nursing workforce.

“Even taking into account total hours worked, years of nursing experience, age, education level and certification status, men still are making more money than women,” said Robert G. Hess Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, by OnCourse Learning’s Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Executive, Healthcare. “And from our robust research, salary is the most important job factor for nurses across all demographics.”

Reaction to salary gap

The fact that men earn higher salaries is something Brent MacWilliams, PhD, MSN, RN, APNP, APN-BC, president of the American Association for Men in Nursing, would like to see change.

“Traditionally, men have gravitated toward acute care, high-paid specialties and to management/administration, which are all higher paying,” he said. “Based on this survey, it seems clear men are being paid significantly more than women in the profession doing comparable work. I would call on employers to assess their current workforce for gender gaps and raise salaries to create parity.”

Negotiation is key

One important aspect of earnings is men are more likely to negotiate their salaries, the survey found. While 43% of men “most of the time or always” negotiate, only 34% of women do so.

“This could account for higher salaries for men in nursing, as well as other professions,” Hess said.

Millicent Gorham, MBA, FAAN, executive director of the National Black Nurses Association, said closing the pay gap is critical.

“I want to see an equitable solution,” she said. “My main takeaway from this survey is that women need to learn to negotiate for everything.”

Lifelong learning

Fifty percent of overall respondents said pursuing higher education, certification or training to boost salary was a consideration or goal.

“It is heartening that the survey found many nurses are planning on pursuing higher levels of education, which is what the Institute of Medicine called for in its 2010 report on the future of nursing,” said Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America. “Research has linked greater levels of education for nurses with safer, high-quality care. Higher degrees also give nurses more career choices and can lead to better-paying jobs.”

Attaining professional certifications is one way female nurses can close the salary gap. Survey results showed men with specialty certifications had a salary only $1,252 higher than certified female nurses.

Other findings

Additional findings in the survey include:

*Millennials have the highest proportion of bachelor’s-prepared nurses (63%) among four generations surveyed.

*Baby boomers have the highest percentage of professional certifications (43%).

*The average one-way commute for nurses is 16 miles. The farthest nurses are willing to commute is 26 miles.

Survey methodology
The survey data, which was analyzed by a doctorally-prepared nurse, was made available to registered nurses via an email campaign and social media posts. The overall audience sample is representative of each state’s percentage of RNs compared to the overall U.S. nursing workforce.

The survey has a 95% confidence interval and a 1.5% margin of error on its sample size. by OnCourse Learning publishes a popular blog, along with relevant nursing content in its award-winning digital publications and various nursing survey studies annually. This content is shared with a social media audience of more than 550,000 followers.

For media inquiries, contact:
Barry Bottino, Communications Director


Nursing being the one of the fastest growing profession in the world but Sometimes if you look back into nursing in this country you will begin to ask yourself whether this profession is really making progress or regress and this has been a question especially to some of us as a student, there comes with doubt whether there is future for us or not. Different news emanate from medias about nursing everyday but nothing is encouraging there order than pitiful situation of nursing profession. When other sisters professions are moving, we remain stagnant we refuse to move, when other are thinking how to align themselves with 21st century practices. To stand still means to move backward.

Over the years pharmacy has undergo a tremendous transformation in metamorphosing from DISPENSERS to CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST (C&D) in 1960s which was solely diploma program then to degree program in 1962 which started in university of Ife (now OAU)
Also physiotherapy started in Nigeria in 1945 as 3 years diploma program has transformed from 4 years bachelor degree in 1966 to 5 years program across the country and university of Ibadan was first in Nigeria and west Africa to award degree in physiotherapy.

Even medical laboratory science have also follow the same pursuit of transformation from laboratory assistant to technician to full fledge degree. This happened between 1960s to 2003 where it fully gain her stand.

Nursing education started in 1949 at school of nursing Eleyele Ibadan and not until 1965 department of nursing was established in the university of Ibadan to commence a degree program in Nigeria and other universities have been following the suit. Some months ago department of nursing ABU Zaria celebrated her 20 years anniversary since it’s establishment in 1997.

One would begin think what has this history has to do with problem facing nursing profession but I strongly believe if we delve into history of nursing as compared to so called sister professions and we’ll see that nursing has faced major setback and these professions have took some (not a) steps ahead of nursing and this call for a serious concern if at all we see them as sisters. Let me give examples; the so call sister professions have started internship training for their graduates for years but nursing internship was unable to get approved until late 2017 for the fact that internship training has been part of NUC nursing curriculum for graduate of bachelor of nursing science since it’s inception. Furthermore between 2017 and 2018 pharmacy, medical laboratory science, and physiotherapy were able to get the approval from NUC to commence doctor of pharmacy (PharmD), doctor of medical laboratory science (MLSD) and doctor of physiotherapy (DPT) programs respectively but BNSc which has been in existence since 1960s is still fighting for space with hospital based school of nursing. Hnmnn is this what we call progress? and this is one of the thing that prompt me from writing.

Another area of concern in nursing profession is the Nursing in West is advancing towards 21st century best practice with serious improvement in nursing credentials both in professional and educational in order to discharge nursing to the best of their ability. Even our so called sister professions have passed the era of diploma instead Nigeria nursing is advancing towards awarding of diploma and higher national diploma to Nigeria nurses which Nigeria government had just scraped because of it’s irrelevance in the 21st century education system…well done, is that how we define progress?

Did I hear merging of state and federal schools of Nursing, midwifery and post basics to state universities and federal universities respectively? How is this possible? It’s saddening to not that despite obvious limitations and shortcomings of hospital based nursing education program, it has continue to wax stronger with almost every teaching hospitals, federal medical centres within the country compelling to have their own. State governments and missionary organizations are not left out. It will interest you to know that there are over 200 nursing, midwifery and post basic accredited institutions in Nigeria. There are 81 accredited schools in 19 northern states alone. How are you preparing to merge these schools with 7 universities offering bachelor of nursing science with Unilorin and Unijos (north Central), Unimaid (north East), ABU Zaria, BUK, UDUS, and FUBK(all in North West).

Since antecedent it has been observed that Nigeria nurses respond less to changes(education). According to Adeleke Araoye Ojo(professor of Nursing) of Igbinedion university Okada, Edo state shared his personal experience in his inaugural lecture in 2010 that when he resigned from Adeoyo state hospital Ibadan in 1974 to pursue a bachelor of Nursing science degree at University of Ibadan summarizes Nigeria nursing. His registered nurses colleague mocked and queried “Do you need a degree to serve or remove bed pan?” About 35 years after, university based nursing education in Nigeria can still be described as abysmally low in term of number of university offering nursing. This can be evidenced if you go through Bayero university bulletin when Adelani Tijani was promoted to rank of professor.

It was there I read that Adelani Tijani a professor of public health Nursing is the first indigenous professor of nursing in the whole northern Nigeria and number 13th professor of nursing and 11 of them are active as of 2016. Yes! It’s an achievement in nursing but the question you should ask yourself is why number 13th since 1965? Are you still wondering why the sister professions grow faster? Just few months ago Unilag Pharmacy celebrated Prof Coker as Emeritus professor of pharmacy. Are you seeing the differences?

I hope Nigeria can learn from these write up, despite the higher number of nurses, Nursing has been sideline and has suffered from setbacks and this tells you that its not only by numbers but by intellectual capacity which can only we widen through education. We need people who think beyond today, the future is now, let change people perspective about nursing.

Nigeria nurses should wake up and save the profession of Florence Nightingale, Nigeria nurses need to embrace changes As changes is constant in life, the changes we have been clamoring for , only you can bring the changes. Nigeria nurses should break the jinx, accept changes through education, education makes the future more clearer and brighter. Let see nursing as calling and profession and don’t forget to encourage and give hope to young ones.

Thank you,