NOUN Admission Requirement For Nursing Programme

I am excited that you are interested in pursuing a Nursing degree at National Open University Of Nigeria NOUN. Nursing is a discipline, a profession, and a service.

This article is basically all about the requirements for admission into Nursing schools in NOUN. I realize that many students who are aspiring to pursue a career in Nursing lack the general knowledge about the nursing career, NOUN nursing programme, admission requirements and how to enroll to study nursing in NOUN.

What Is Nursing?

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector that focus on the care of individuals, families and communities. As we all know, the ratio of nurses to patients in Nigeria is very low compare to other advanced countries. Hence, the rush for the services of nurses in Nigeria.

What do nurses do? They save lives, prevent complications and prevent sufferings of patients. Just like Doctors, nurses are indispensable sets of people we can not do without.

Admission Requirements For Nursing Programme in NOUN

NOUN nursing programme is an accredited program, so you don’t need to worry about completing your nursing program at the university. Your degree award is safe and secured.

NOUN offered admission into nursing programme without JAMB, in other words, you don’t need to pass or sit for jamb before you can apply.

Admission Requirements

1. Admission is available for 100 Level only.

2. A minimum of 5 credits in O’ levels.

3. Compulsory courses required in O’levels are Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

4. Registered Nurse Licence/Certificate is required.

5. Duration of study: Five (5) Calendar years with one year internship in a recognized health care institution.

6. Registration obtained: Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Midwife (RM), Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN) and Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).

7. Academic qualification: Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree (

Special Admission Consideration(s)

Recruitment of Medical Officers into the Ghana Health Service 2019

The Ghana Health Service wishes to inform the general public, particularly, newly qualified Medical Officers that it will commence recruitment process on *Monday, 14th January, 2019*.

Medical Officers who are part of the group whose financial clearance has been received and intend to work in the various health facilities under the service are kindly requested to formally apply online by logging onto the *_GHS online application portal_* and follow relevant instructions.

The online portal system comes with instructions as to what applicants are supposed to do at any point.

Other health professionals including Nurse Assistant Preventives and Nurse Assistant Clinicians who completed in 2016 and have been given financial clearance will be given update on their recruitment process to the service this month.

For further enquiries kindly contact :
*By :
*The Public Relations Unit*
*Ghana Health Service*

Tytana’s Manila Doctors College of Nursing to hold 12th Research Congress 2019

A grand academic gathering for nursing research is once again happening this February 2019 as Tytana’s Manila Doctors College of Nursing (MDCON) will hold its 12th Reseach Congress.

With the theme “HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR ALL: NURSING RESEARCH AND THE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE”, 12th MDCONRC will happen on February 22, 2019, FRIDAY, 8AM–5PM, at the GT Foundation Auditorium, 7th Floor, Doña Tytana Tower, Manila Tytana Colleges, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City, Philippines.

The MDCONRC intends to continue its advocacy of promoting excellence in nursing research by featuring student and professional nursing research studies from different colleges, universities, hospitals and medical centers nationwide to showcase how nursing research has strengthen its position in support of evidence-based practice.

The congress activities include keynote speeches from distinguished research experts, plenary sessions, and concurrent oral and poster research presentations. The congress will recognize the best research studies and posters refereed by local and international research luminaries; thus, we invite your students or your staff to send their research studies for an opportunity to present their papers and be involved in an engaging academic exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Should you need further information, you may visit the 12th MDCONRC webpage at and Facebook page,, or you may contact us through mobile 0933-8164749, landline (02) 859-0812 or 75, or email

The Manila Doctors College of Nursing (MDCON) has unceasingly promoted the value and importance of research in nursing through its annual Research Congress (MDCONRC). The Research Congress intends to continue this advocacy of promoting excellence in nursing research by featuring student and professional nursing research studies from different academic and healthcare institutions all over the country so as to express the progress of the science and practice of nursing through innovative evidence-based discourse in research.

Last year, the MDCONRC hosted over 500 nursing students and professionals from more than 30 nursing colleges and 20 medical institutions nationwide, featured keynote and plenary speakers, and recognized best papers refereed by local and international nursing experts. This grand academic gathering aims to further inspire nursing students and professionals to be involved in nursing research as research knowledge helps them become excellent nursing professionals.


The 12th Manila Doctors College of Nursing Research Congress aims to:

1. Provide a venue for student and professional nurses to exhibit their research expertise among their peers through various research studies;
2. Describe the role of nurses and nursing research in the realization of the universal health care and health for all;
3. Emphasize the need for evidence-based strategies to achieve health for all, development of leadership capabilities to strengthen delivery of services and establish nursing research as a contribution to health policy-making;
4. Enhance competencies in the conduct of research in pursuit of nursing care excellence towards improved healthcare outcomes, client satisfaction, quality measurement, and administrative management; and
5. Promote collaborative nursing opportunities through strong linkages and networks.


Participants Registration Fees
Early-bird (until January 25, 2019) On-site(February 22, 2019)
Students Php 600.00 Php 700.00
Professionals Php 700.00 Php 800.00

• For EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION, payments may be deposited to the following Metrobank Account in any Metrobank Branch:

o Account Name: Manila Tytana Colleges, Inc.
o Metrobank Branch: Metropolitan Park, Pasay City
o Account No.: 715-3-71513337-8

• After payment, early-bird participants are required to send the scanned or photographed copy of the machine validated DEPOSIT SLIPS to The name/s and school affiliation must be included in the email.

• Early-bird participants must register online by visiting the congress official website:


The 12th MDCONRC will showcase research posters and oral presentations and recognize the best research papers refereed by local and international nursing research experts. Only abstracts who meet the set guidelines shall be considered.

• Participants may submit research papers for poster and oral presentation via electronic mail to:
• There is no limit to the submission of entries per school.
• Abstracts should be based on any of the following nursing fields:
o Nursing Practice
o Nursing Education
o Nursing Administration
o Community Health

• A 400-WORD ABSTRACT is required to be submitted with the following information and headings:
a. Title
b. Author/s
c. School/Hospital Affiliation
d. Introduction | Objective and Purpose of the Study
e. Methods | Design, Sampling Technique, Statistical Treatment, Ethical Considerations, and Data Gathering Overview
f. Results and Findings
g. Conclusions | Summary of recommendations

• The deadline for the submission of research abstracts is on JANUARY 25, 2019.
• Participants for Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation will be notified on or before FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

• The BEST RESEARCH POSTERS, BEST RESEARCH PAPERS, and BEST ORAL PRESENTERS will be recognized during the awarding ceremony of the Congress.

2019 PNA Seminars with CPD Credit Point

Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), the accredited professional organization of registered nurses in the country, has released the schedule of their seminars this 2019. The initial offerings run from January to March.

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recognizes PNA as an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs for nurses. The recently implemented Republic Act 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 requires all regulated professionals, including nurses, to comply with CPD unit requirements for renewal of their Professional Identification Cards (PIC).

Nurses need 15 units of CPD a year, or 45 CPD units in the 3-year renewal period. (Note: PRC exercises maximum flexibility in implementing the requirement by allowing renewal without full CPD compliance provided professionals sign affidavit of undertaking.)

If you want to enhance or update your nursing knowledge and skills and start collecting units, here’s the PNA CPD Seminars schedule for 2019:

January 18 – COPD Management: A Team Approach
January 25 – Evidence-based Nursing: Competencies, Challenges and Directions
February 1 – Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Implications to Care
February 8 – Understanding the World of Research and its Uptake on the Local and Global Trend
February 15 – OB Bonanza! Updates in Obstetric and Gynecologic Nursing Care
February 22 – Performance Improvement: Strategies that will make a difference in the way people perform
March 1 – Clinical Pathway: Roadmap to effective patient care
March 8 – An Introduction to Qualitative Research for Nurses
March 15 – Glimpses of Legal Aspects in Nursing Practice
March 22 – Improving Healthcare using DMAIC Approach
March 29 – Recovery and Self Management: Navigating Support in Patients wit Type 2 Diabetes

Venue: PNA-AGT Auditorium, Phil. Nurses Association, 1663 F.T Benitez St., Malate, Manila
Time: 8:00 AM — 12:00 NN

All seminars have been applied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units to Professional Regulation Commission – CPD Council.

(NO refund / NO chanqe of seminars)
• PNA Member P 400.00
• PNA Non Member P 800.00
– 1st 10 Registered Participants 30% Discount P280.00
– 2nd 10 Registered Participants 15% Discount P340.00
– For Every Three (3) attended PAID seminars 1 Free Seminar
– Renewal of PNA Membership 1 Free Seminar

INCLUSION: Certificate and Snacks

For further inquiries and confirmation, please contact Ms. Sherell Tabafunda at Tel. nos. 5210937 & 4004430 loc. 205. or Cell # 09286605503.

Note: Scheduled seminars are subject to changes with prior notice. It is advisable to call/verify at least a day prior to the conduct of the chosen seminar.

Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery 2019/2020 Palliative Care Admission Form

Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery is currently accepting applications for admission into it 2019/2020 Palliative Care nursing program. Below is the application details

The Transition From Student To A Registered Nurse By Linus Paul RN

The transition from student nurse to Registered nurse can be fraught with many emotions. Not only happiness and excitement, but also fear, anxiety and uncertainty. It can be a time when new gradNurses are questioning everything from their ability, to whether they made the right career choice, and whether they will ever be like the nurses they are now working with on their new ward.

This transition period is often described by people as a complete reality shock, and let’s face it, apart from nursing not many other occupations come with the added chance that you can severely hurt or kill another human being. But fear not! Every nurse, at one point or another, has experienced these feelings.

It is common for new nurses to feel insecure and unsure about their ability to be a registered nurse, and there is a multitude of issues that may arise, which only serve to add to these feelings of insecurity.

“Issues Faced by New Nurses”
Some of the common issues that occur during this transition period from student nurse to registered nurse include:
Theory-to-practice gaps
Caring for increasingly complex patients with multiple comorbidities
Time management
Medicines administration
Patient assessment skills
Documentation skills
Limited proficiency in managing and executing technical skills
Working and collaborating within teams
Developing competency in planning and organising
Prioritising and coping with unexpected events
Lack of access to experienced mentors and coaches
Performance anxiety

“Benefits Registered Nurses Bring to the Ward”
It is also important to acknowledge that during this transition period, graduate nurses will also bring many benefits to the workforce.
Research has found that new nursing graduates often had considerable strengths in the following areas:
Communication skills with the patients
Psychosocial assessment skills
Accountability for their own practice
They are very aware of the importance of their role as a professional, registered nurse and uphold their professional values accordingly.

New nurses display an awareness of the different roles a nurse must play, such as being a teacher, a provider of care, a communicator, an advocate, a coordinator, a decision-maker, and also, being able to suggest changes in practice.

Points for a Positive Transition:
Some other strategies and factors that have been found to facilitate a positive transition from student nurse to registered nurse include:

Adequate staffing patterns
Open communication
Good administration
Leaders who are approachable and responsive
Support when dealing with deteriorating patients, death and dying
Orientation programs with realistic goals
Timely provision of constructive feedback
Appropriate guidance from senior staff
Continuing staff development opportunities
The availability of support and counselling for staff
Reduction of stress levels in the new graduate by using personal strategies such as exercise or meditation.
Any graduate or newly registered nurses are experiencing difficulties during their transition period, it is important that they seek help from SERVCOM

Source: (Chang & Daly 2012; Hofler & Thomas 2016; Kaihlanen et al. 2013).

Compiled by:

Coaching and Mentoring of intern nurses, Nursing and Midwifery Students on Clinical Posting on the Wards.

Actually I am very happy with this circular and hope that henceforth, coaching/mentoring of nursing and midwifery students is the province of NURSE CLINICIANS. I was a student at both Basic and BNSc level and I have a lot to say about Nurse-student relationship.

As a nurse clinician, the undermentioned are my suggestions for you:

1. Respect:
Respect is reciprocal. You have to respect the students; address them by their name (s). Some nurse clinicians are in the habit of addressing their student by his/her courses like BNSc student, Midwifery student, ENT student, intern nurse etc instead by his/her name. If they misbehave, you should never harass or shout at them in front of patients, coworkers etc.

2. Knowledge:
As a nurse clinician you must be knowledgeable enough of a competent teacher. You must know how to translate theoretical aspect of nursing into practice (praxis). You must keep abreast of the latest developments in nursing and be ready for unexpected question (s) from your students.

3. Neatness:
Always appear neat and package yourself elegantly.

4. Be an exceptional nurse:
It is common norm that regardless of your program of study (BNSc, Basic or post-basic), students are just posted to the wards to assist nurse clinicians in carrying out their monotonous tasks/duties such as serving of medication, dressing, taking of Vital signs, conducting deliveries etc. So always be different teach your students something new such as Evidence-based Nursing practice. Engage them in discussion, assignments, seminar presentations, researches etc.

5. Don’t bully them:
Student nurses are nurses in the making so take them as your colleagues and also take yourself as one among equal.
An injury to student nurse is an injury to all nurses. I envy the way our nursing managers respect medical students during their clinical/Exams postings in our hospital wards and I always expect them to extend same to nursing students.

There is need for attitudinal changes toward Nurse-Student relationship in our hospitals.

Part two (STUDENT side) and part 3 ( NMCN/GOVT side) coming soon.

Thank you.

By Ismail Gwarzo RN

LUTH School of Dental Nursing 2019/2020 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into School of Basic Dental Nursing for the following programmes:

1. Basic Dental Nursing (2018/2019 Academic Session)
2. Conversion Course for Dental Surgery Assistants.

1. Basic Dental Nursing (2018/2019 Academic Session): –
• Five credits in SSCE/GCE ‘0’ Level in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Combination of results should not be more than two sittings).

Examination Date: Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

Venue: School of Bask Dental Nursin Lecture Theatre

Time: 9.00am.

• Applicants should bring along pencil, eraser, ruler, pen, original receipt issued by the cashier and certified passport photograph to the examination venue.
• Only candidates who have satisfied the conditions for admission will be called for interview.
• Course Fee: Details will be provided on admission.

2. Conversion Course for Dental Surgery Assistants:
• Dental Surgery Assistants with five credits in SSCE/GCE ‘0’ Level in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Combination of results should not be at more than two sittings).
• Dental Surgery Assistants (DSAs) who have received 18-24 months Dental Assistant training in accredited institutions with at least 5 years experience. They are to undergo conversion course for two (2) years.
• DSAs in established dental institutions in Nigeria and West African sub region with at least 15 years experience. They are to undergo conversion course for one (1) year.

Application fee is N10,000.00 (Ten thousand naira) only. Payment is by visiting the website: Click on pay a Federal Government Agency. On name of MDA, type Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Then click on other LUTH Fees. Follow the prompts to generate the ‘RRR’ code. Thereafter, use the ‘RRR’ code to make payment at any Bank of your choice and submit your voucher or receipt to the Finance and Accounts Department, LUTH, where a receipt will be issued in place of the PRINT-OUT.

The forms are to be collected from and returned to the office of the Coordinator, School of Basic Dental Nursing, prefab Old Dental Block, LUTH.

All duly completed forms must be accompanied with the following:
i. Two (2) photocopies of the receipt for the purchase of the form
ii. Photocopy of relevant credentials as indicated on the application form
iii. Email address and mobile telephone number


Nurses Bill of Right: What You Need to Know


The Nurses’ Bill of Rights can help nurses settle work-related issues with employers. The use of such widely recognized consensus documents adds credibility to nurses who need to discuss difficult situations, such as safety, staffing and workplace violence with administration.

1.Nurses Have the Right to Practice in a Manner That Fulfills Their Obligations to Society and to Those Who Receive Nursing Care.
2. Nurses Have the Right to Practice in Environments that Allow Them to Act in Accordance with Professional Standards and Legally Authorized Scopes of Practice.
3. Nurses Have theRight to a Work Environment That Supports and Facilitates Ethical Practice in Accordance with Code of Ethics For Nurses With Interpretive Statements.
4. Nurses have the Right to Freely and Openly Advocate for Themselves and Their Patients Without Fear of Retribution.
5. Nurses have the Right to Fair Compensation for Their Work Consistent with Their Educational Preparation, Knowledge, Experience and Professional Responsibilities.
6. Nurses Have the Right to a Work Environment that is Safe for Themselves and Their Patients.
7.Nurses in All Practice Settings Have the Right to Negotiate, Either as Individuals or Collectively, the Conditios of their Employment

The Menace Of Quackery: NMA Worried About Increase In Number Of Quacks

The Nigeria Medical Association said it was having challenges in the fight against quacks in the profession, saying most of the suspects caught in the act were let loose after shoddy police investigation to continue their killing spree.

President of NMA, Dr Adedayo Faduyile, said there were medical institutions in Lagos manned by unqualified medical professionals, warning of the danger that the trend portends on the profession and health on Nigerians.

In an exclusive interaction with our correspondent, Faduyile said the rise of charlatans in the profession had been on the rise, stressing that the judiciary and the police had a huge role to play in helping the Medical and Dental Council Association of Nigeria fight the scourge.

He said, “In Lagos, we have some medical institutions that are not manned by medically qualified people and we are looking into it. We have different types of quackery in the medical profession. Those in the first one are those who are medically qualified but not registered to practice in a particular year. They are regarded as quacks because every year, we need to renew our registration.

“The second set of quackery belongs to those who are medically qualified but without the special training to take some medical activities. If they delve into such area that they are not trained in, it is another form of quackery. Then we have those who are not qualified at all as medical personnel but act as doctors. They could be health workers or charlatans who do not have any relationship with the medical profession.”

He said MDCA was shouldered with the responsibility of dealing with those caught in the act but the effort was often truncated by a poor investigation by the relevant authority, citing corruption as one of the reasons for such shoddy investigation.

“For those who have not registered that practice, the Medical and Dental Council Association of Nigeria is saddled to discipline, such people. The second group of people who delve into areas that they are not competent to, MDCAN is also saddled with the role of dealing with them.

“The usual way of going about is reporting to MDCAN and an investigative panel is set up. If the person caught has a case to answer, he will be handed over to a tribunal which is at the level of high court with a judgment given. If there is a criminal case involved and the person is culpable, he will be sent to a normal court based on the criminality of his conduct.

“For the charlatan group, those who are caught are reported to the police because they are criminals. The police will be encouraged to prosecute them in the law court. But this is where we have a major problem.

“At many times, the investigation by respective Investigating Police Officer may be shoddy or probably out of corruption, we don’t always have good conviction. Once we don’t have that, the criminals are released and they go back to their practice of killing more Nigerians. We seek the support of the police and judiciary in getting rid of quacks in this country. This is one of the things we are presently pursuing.”
Olufemi Atoyebi|Punch