We Are All Involved in the Fight Against Quackery – NMCN
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has urged an “all hands on deck” approach to the fight against quackery in the profession. Emeka Onyebo of Nursing World Nigeria reports that the NMCN made this known at the mandatory continuing professional development program (MCPDP) for nurses held this week at the state school of nursing Agbor in Delta state.
Mr. Ernest Akuna, the NMCN Zonal Officer who spoke at the event reiterated that the council eye in this regard is the state NMCN committees set up in the various state. He said “Majority of us work in the private sector where quackery is at its peak, he urged nurses to make reports on issues of quacks to the state committee who would forward same to the zonal offices and finally to the council. He added that evidence must also back up reports. We are all involved in the fight against quackery he said. According to him, the NMCN collaborates with the movie industry to ensure the image of the profession is portrayed positively in the movies.
On the issue of why there was no provision for Degrees on the Nursing council license, the zonal representative informed the house that only professional qualifications are on the license just as it is in other professional bodies like pharmacy,
med lab etc.
He admitted delays in the processing of licenses and appealed to nurses to remain patient as the council was working assiduously to make acquisition of licenses after renewal as easy and friendly as possible. According to him, while the industrial strike action lasted, the licensing unit of the council was mandated to keep working, the council has also procured industrial sized car printers and all the back log of licenses would soon be a thing of the past.
On the current status of the national open university of Nigeria, Mr. Ernest said that the foundation of NOUN had some issues, hence council denied NOUN accreditation. He noted that certificates issued by the NOUN to graduates from 2013 were recognized up until those graduating in 2016 because students into these programs got their admission before NOUN lost its accreditation. Thus any admission before 2014 is recognized. He
encouraged nurses to use the NOUN avenue to pursue their degree certifications for progression in their fields when ever the accreditation is restored. On academic progression, he informed the house that Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ebonyi state university has started the post graduate diploma in nursing (PGDN) which nurses must leverage upon.
On the issue of nurses trained abroad, He said that when you train abroad and want to practice in Nigeria, you must undergo certain processes. According to him, some times these foreign universities are not recognized by the NUC, the NMCN forwards these foreign qualification to the ministry of education for quantification and acceptability before council can accept it, if NUC doesn’t recognize that institution then the NMCN would not recognize such institution. He warned that nurses should be careful of programs they pursue to avoid frustration at the end of such programs. He informed the house that the NMCN collaborates with NUC to ensure that university education in nursing is at peak.
On the issue of proliferations of schools of nursing and the failure of affiliations of these schools to universities, he said that the minimum qualification required to head a college of nursing was the MSc, and that if states lacked the manpower in terms of academic qualifications and infrastructure they would have no other choice than to request a state edict establishing a school of nursing instead of college of nursing. He added that for the affiliation to universities to work, graduate lecturers and not nurse tutors should make up the workforce of the school of nursing.