World Council of Enterostomal Therapists joins ICN family as an ICN Specialist Affiliate

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has welcomed the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists® (WCET®) as its ninth Specialist Affiliate.

WCET® represents health professionals ─ the majority of whom are nurses ─ from over 65 countries. The organisation is recognised as a global leader in the specialty of ostomy, wound and continence care. Their mission is to facilitate education globally to promote specialised nursing care for all people with ostomy, wound and/or continence needs.

ICN President, Dr Pamela Cipriano, said:

“We are delighted to welcome WCET® as an ICN specialist affiliate. This collaboration will benefit both organisations and help to empower even more nurses across the world. The specialised care that nurses provide to people with ostomy, wound and continence needs is critical. ICN, as the global voice of nursing, will help to ensure their voice is heard at decision-making tables across the world.”

Laurent Chabal, WCET® President, said:

“It is an honour for WCET® to join the ICN family. We look forward to working closely with ICN to further enhance and promote the work of Enterostomal Therapy/Wound Ostomy Continence nurses across the world for patient and caregiver benefits.”

ICN grants affiliate status to international specialist nursing organisations which have a mission, mandate, constitution and objectives consistent with those of ICN; demonstrate that the majority of members and officials are nurses, and that nurses have the authority to direct and make decisions on all nursing matters; exist as an organisation of individual members or as a federation of national organisations, or a mix of the two; has a working relationship with ICN members or encourage such relationships to strengthen the nursing voice nationally; and have members in at least four of the ICN areas, covering both developed and developing countries.

Other ICN affiliates include:

  • Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN)
  • International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA)
  • International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN)
  • International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)
  • International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC)
  • NANDA International
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma)
  • World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN)

WCEA CPD Courses for Nigerian Nurses To Renew License

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in conjunction with World Continuing Education Alliance has introduced a new fees of #10,000 for it CPDs according to a circular released yesterday by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Below is the content of the circular:

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) has revised the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the WCEA on the provision of online CPD courses for Nigerian registered nurses and Midwives. In the light of that, the Board of the NMCN at its 58’1′ meeting has approved as follows;

1. From 1st January, 2023 all WCEA CPD courses will attract a subscription fee of ten thousand naira (N10,000) for nurses and midwives in Nigeria and fifty dollars (50 dollar) for those in diaspora, per 3 credit units (30 hours) of a three-year cycle.

2. For Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria, 6 credit units of CPD are required, one of which must be MCPDP. while WCEA is an option for only 3 credit units.

3. All Nurses and Midwives registered with NMCN in Diaspora, renewing their licences without MCPDP certificates or other approved NMCN CPD’s (e.g. NANNNA conference) would be required to complete 3 credit units on the WCEA platform before renewing such licences.

 4. All payment options approved in Nigeria are available for payment on the WCEA platform e.g. Cards, USSD, Bank transfer, Cash deposit, etc.

5. Please note that the fees quoted above exclude tax, transaction charges and VAT.

6. Please, bring the content of this circular to all concerned.

Thank you for your contributions to promoting and maintaining excellence in Nursing Education and practice.


Faruk Umar Abubakar PhD, RN, FWACN

Secretary – General / Registrar 

57,000 nurses left Nigeria in five years – NANNM

The President of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Michael Nnachi, said over 57,000 nurses have migrated from Nigeria for greener pastures abroad within a period of five years spanning from 2017 to 2022.

Nnachi, who disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent, attributed the migration of nurses to poor working conditions, poor remuneration, amidst overwhelming workload.

He said efforts by the federal government to address brain drain in the health sector are moving at a snail’s pace.

“The critical reduction in the workforce of health workers is alarming, and I’m afraid that if nothing is done, the challenges will be enormous in the health sector.

“I’m aware that even as the government is trying to address the issue, because they are also touched, efforts being made are at a snail’s pace. The nurses are leaving in droves. It is very critical because the doctors and nurses are critical to any health facility.

“Looking at the rate they are leaving, the available workforce is dropping, and it is creating a huge workload on the remaining workforce, particularly the nurses, and those who are available are stressed.

“If you’re looking at the numbers, over 57,000 nurses have left over this period, and they are moving out on a weekly basis.

“The figure is from 2017 to date because in 2017, the situation continued and was not noticed, not until a point when some people started complaining about the condition of the service.

“As we speak, some people are preparing in one form or another to leave, either for Canada, the UK, Australia, the Philippines, or Saudi Arabia.”

The NANNM President said for the teeming population of over 200 million Nigerians, there is only one nurse for every 1,660 patients.

“According to the WHO, we have what we call a critical situation or critical state, so there is meant to be one nurse for every four patients. In some situations, you may have one nurse to five patients. Under normal conditions, one may have one nurse for eight or 10 patients.

“The concern is that care has to be qualitative, but as they are leaving, there is an increase in the workload, so if I tell you that it is one nurse to 60 or 80 patients, it might be modest.

“But if you’re looking at the statistics of Nigeria, it is one nurse to 1,660 patients, looking at the population of Nigeria. So, where will the quality care come from?”

Source: Punch Newspaper

Gateway to Nursing in North America by King’s College London

King’s College London course aimed to help UK trained Nurses to meet the Education requirement of US standard has been closed down. The course, Gateway to Nursing in North America course is for qualified Registered Adult Nurses, educated in the UK, who wish to work in the United States was closed down in 2019.

The course among other offered practical clinical experience ·and helps UK educated Nurses to meet their defficiencies which will allow them to write the NCLEX exam. NCLEX prepartion was included in the program.

How Anambra state runs over 638 PHCs with 150 nurses, midwives

Kamelita Onyeka is a public health nurse and officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Otuocha Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.

She supervises two other employees – a laboratory technician and a midwife – engaged under the revived Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), courtesy the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

Despite the deployment of the young midwife, Kamelita still feels overburdened with the workload at the facility.

As the OIC, I stay in this facility from Monday to Friday every week. It is difficult for me to take a leave. Even when I go home on weekends, calls keep coming for my attention. It’s too demanding,” shesaid.

At a point, she was compelled to engage another unemployed midwife, who she pays from her salary. She added,

I don’t want to kill myself. I engaged her so that when I am not there, she will relieve me. I came back just yesterday night and already, they are calling me now, telling me that somebody is in labour.

The midwife I employed to assist is there, but they don’t want her to take the delivery. The husband of the woman will not let me rest.”

When Radio Nigeria asked Kamelita why she kept mute about the poor attitude of the new government-employed midwife to the job, Kamelita replied “she keeps begging me not to tell anybody,” was her response, adding,
“but the truth is it looks like she is working somewhere else. She comes in, at most, three times a month.

Kamelita’s testimony about the new midwife is in tandem with Radio Nigeria’s findings in some other health centres.

All the OICs this reporter spoke with chorused about how the assistants do not take the job seriously.

One, who wished to remain anonymous, said she agreed to an arrangement with the newly posted midwife that she can come to work two days a week.

Let me just tell you the truth, most of them, if not all, work elsewhere with private hospitals. We reached an agreement with the one here. She comes only on Mondays and Wednesdays. She was here yesterday and will be here tomorrow.

She works somewhere in Awka. I can’t really blame her because we, the OICs, who earn more than N100,000 every month, are complaining that it is not enough, how much more someone receiving N30,000. And most of
them are married,
” she explained.

The midwife deployed to the Isuaniocha PHC, Chidinma Alike, left the job less than one year after her engagement. She said she could no longer cope with the “pittance” she was getting from the scheme.

Chidinma is a mother of two and in her late twenties. She is one of the 60 midwives engaged in 2021. Radio Nigeria sought to ascertain the reasons behind her decision.

The remuneration is very poor. I am a registered nurse and midwife. I have the two certificates. Someone that has a family is being paid N30,000 in the Nigeria of today and you have to work the whole of the week. It was taking much of my time. If the pay is good, we can say no problem, it is worth it,” she responded.

Chidinma has just been replaced with another midwife, Chinemelum Muogbo, who resumed work in early October.

The problem of workload is a common tale across PHCs visited in Awka North, Aguata, Anambra East, Ogbaru and Onitsha South local government areas.

At Ula PHC, Ekwulobia in Aguata local government area, the OIC, Roseline Nwankwo had been awake throughout the night preceding the visit by the reporter. She was attending to Chinemerem Obi, a heavily pregnant woman, whose bundle of joy arrived a few hours before the visit.

Roseline spoke on her challenges.

I am the OIC and the only government staff at that facility. The lady you met there is a volunteer. It is not easy at all. I do almost everything:  immunization, ante-natal, delivery and so on. That is why I engaged a volunteer.”

With an impression that the reporter was from the BHCPF, Roseline passionately appealed for more hands to ease the workload on her.

Please, I need more staff. You people should send us more before somebody dies here,” she pleaded.

However, the story is heartwarming at Mgbakwu PHC, Awka North, where a nursing mother, Esther Nwune, testified to the impact of the deployment of a midwife to the facility.

I have been coming to this facility since 2014. But I have been seeing positive changes since 2021,” Esther enthused.

Comparing her delivery experience in 2014 with that of her sister recently, Esther submitted that the difference was clear,

That time, the nurses here were very careless, doing things as they wanted. But, now, the midwife here is very wonderful. She is friendly and empathetic. She is really doing well.”

The OIC of the facility, Virginia Nduka, was equally full of accolades for the midwife.

The Basic Health Care Provision Fund posted a midwife before I came last year. It makes a lot of difference during delivery and antenatal care. The woman helps us a lot. It is a relief to me,” Virginia said.

20 Mothers Lost in 6 Months

Anambra State though adjudged the best in terms of maternal mortality in the South-East region, has lost 20 pregnant women to various birth-related complications between January and June 2022. The development was hinged on the fact that a good number of women still patronize quacks for ante-natal and child delivery.

A consultant community physician at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Dr Chinomnso Nnebu, advised residents against patronizing prayer houses for antenatal care.

Some faith-based organizations will keep pregnant women in and be praying for them instead of advising them to go to the hospital. Faith works but faith without work is dead,” Nnebu said.

We need to educate pregnant women to stop giving birth in prayer houses because those places cannot manage pregnancy complications,” he warned.

With Dr Nnebu’s warning , many citizens of the state believe that the pitiable conditions of most primary
health centres, especially in the five selected local government areas, leaving the locals with no option but to embrace other alternatives.

A community leader in Mmiata-Anam, Matthias Ameke said the state government was culpable:

The health centres do not have the necessary facilities. Also, they are grossly understaffed. The workers are generally under-trained. They don’t even know what to do. All these discourage patronage of public health centres.”

MSS Poorly Implemented

The Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) came into being in 2009 to reduce maternal mortality and as one of the initiatives targeted at fast-tracking the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Latest figures showed that Nigeria had so far recorded maternal mortality rate of 917 per 100,000 live births in 2022, while infant mortality rate was 56.220 deaths per 1000 live births, showing a 2.57 per cent decline from 2021 when the infant mortality rate was 57.701 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Also, in 2022, the mortality rate of infants aged under a year in the country is at 56.68 per cent, signifying about 56 deaths of children under the age of one year per 1,000 live births.

This, in the view of many respondents, is because the scheme has not been efficiently implemented to achieve its lofty objectives. Ideally, MSS is meant to engage newly graduated midwives, the unemployed and the retired ones for a period of one year in rural areas, where the rate of maternal mortality is higher.

Under the scheme, four of such facilities with the capacity to provide basic essential obstetric care are clustered around a secondary care facility with the capacity to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care. This is to further increase the chances of survival for any endangered woman and her unborn baby.

Unfortunately, before the recent recruitment of 85 nurses and midwives by the agency, the MSS was a forgotten scheme in the state.

MSS was functional around 2019 to my knowledge. But with this basic health, I know the agency employed about 60 midwives,” Ijeoma Onuora, a staff nurse, midwife and OIC, Aguata PHC, Ekwulobia, stated.

The MSS, despite being a collaboration among the three tiers of government to improve maternal and child health indices in rural Nigeria, the case in Anambra does not reflect this ideal because the state government is yet to show financial commitment to enhance sustainability. The story is worse for the local governments, which are currently undemocratically administered and can hardly embark on any capital intensive project apart from salary payment.

Poor Remuneration of Professionals

Apart from the negative impacts the meagre monthly stipend paid to those engaged under the MSS have on the scheme, the general poor remuneration of nurses and midwives in the employ of Anambra State
government is another discouragement.

Okwudilichukwu Udeze, a Staff Nurse Midwife recruited in 1982, feels unfulfilled three years to her retirement.

“Somebody who is about to retire, you don’t have a place you can call your own house, even if it is two-bedroom. They are not paying us well. That is the reason our colleagues are running abroad.

“One of the persons I graduated with went to the US and every time she calls I would always tell her my father is not well, I could not leave him that time. Now, it is too difficult for me to go
,” Okwudilichukwu, who currently heads Saint Monica Anglican PHC, Onitsha, lamented.

Maternal Mortality Reduction a Mirage without Midwives

Midwives are considered critical to the smooth and efficient running of primary health centres, as well as governmental efforts to drastically reduce child and maternal mortality.

“The aim of MSS will be defeated if you don’t have qualified and competent midwives handling deliveries and antenatal care at the PHCs,” IfeyinwaMesigo, a Chief Nursing Officer, maintained.

Ifeyinwa shed further light, “A PHC should have midwives to handle ante-natal and deliveries. Not all labour is meant for a midwife. We were trained to attend to normal labour. As a matter of fact, a midwife is not supposed to deliver a woman who carries her first pregnancy. But, most of them come to PHCs”

“A midwife knows when to refer the expectant mother when the baby is still okay to increase the chances of survival. You have a live mother and a live baby. But, the untrained ones don’t know all these. They just want to prove to the clients that they know what they are doing.”

Despite the availability of skilled birth attendants at MSS facilities, women still deliver at home in some parts of the country.
These are true reflections of the realities in Anambra State, where women, especially those residing in rural communities as mentioned earlier, still prefer traditional birth attendants.

More Midwives Will Be Recruited – Government

Efforts to get the reaction of the Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, to various issues raised, especially the unsustainable way
of implementing MSS in the state, did not yield positive results.

Several calls put across to her on three different days (September 7, 19 and 26, 2022) were ignored as she did not pick nor return them. Three SMS messages were equally sent, stating the purpose of seeking her reaction. She never responded to any of them.

They were followed up with another whatsApp message on the same September 26, at 6.30pm, reminding her of the previous messages and calls. She read the message as indicated by the two blue marks on the app, but, there was no reaction from her until the time of filing this report.

However, Dr Ezenyimulu had in previous interviews acknowledged that the BHCPF part being used to engage midwives under the revived MSS is bringing succour to the benefiting PHCs, while the massive recruitment
promised by the state government is being awaited.

Strengthening that position, the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, DrAfamObidike, reiterated to Radio Nigeria the commitment of the present administration to addressing the manpower gap in the health sector of the state.

As I told you earlier, we shall recruit staff into our primary health centres when we are done with the job interviews we are conducting to fill the vacancies in the general hospitals. The general hospitals are also short-staffed.

We are aware of where there is gap and we shall fill the gaps with the recruitments to be done immediately we are done with the general hospitals,” DrObidike assured.

As gratifying as the assurance by the commissioner sounds, it is not clear if the recruitment will be able to address the acute shortfall in the manpower strength of these PHCs, especially regarding nurses and midwives.

For instance, if the recommendation of four midwives per facility, as prescribed by the 2006 Minimum Ward Health Care Package for Primary Health Care is adhered to, the state, currently with a total of 152 nurses and midwives, needs to recruit over 3,000 nurses and midwives to effectively cover all its 638 primary health centres.

Will the much-anticipated recruitment absorb this number of nurses and midwives at the expense of other professionals? This is a question only the state government can answer.

Moreover, Eunice Obi, the OIC, Amansea PHC, is indifferent to the hues and cries about shortage of nurses and midwives.

They have trained some of us, who are not certified nurses, to take safe deliveries and we are doing it effectively. That is why I am not bothered much about the deployment of midwives. Nurses and midwives are necessary. But some of us are effectively filling the gaps,” Eunice asserted.

One of the previous initiatives of government targeted at reducing child and maternal mortality, especially in under-served communities is task-shifting to Community Health Workers (CHEWs). However, while task-shifting has undoubtedly offered a cost-effective expansion of the overall human resources for health (HRH) pool, skilled birth
attendance offered by the midwives will help to reduce the burden of maternal mortality. It will also help to improve utilization of services by women in the affected localities.

According to findings, the last massive recruitment of nurses and midwives into the local government system in Anambra State was in 2004, under the administration of Dr Chris Ngige. However, the total of 400 employed then has been reduced to 152.

Some retired, some died, some have left for greener pastures. Every year, government does little employment into secondary health care, leaving unattended-to the primary healthcare system that should be invested in,” Comrade Edith Onwuka, Anambra State chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, explained.

Towards Effective MSS Implementation

Proffering solutions to the problem, Comrade Onwuka recommended regularizing those engaged under MSS into the state civil service.

Even these people recruited into the MSS under the umbrella of BHCPF are still receiving N30,000 in the Nigeria of today. They will not all stay. If they want the MSS to flourish, the government should regularize those employed under the scheme into the state civil service.

In total, they have employed 85, but I don’t know how many of them are remaining because the state government is still not augmenting the N30,000.

We are also pushing for the state government to start paying rural posting allowance to those under regular civil service so that they will agree to go to rural areas to serve,” Onwuka said.

For the Programme Manager, Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas (JDPC), Nnewi, OnyekachiOlolo, the Federal Government should not allow the state governments to frustrate its good intentions with the MSS.

I advise that the Federal Government should not wait for the states. The Federal Government should take the issue of these MSS midwives seriously. Give them what is due to them from the Salary, Wages and Income Commission. Scale them appropriately so that they can stay,” Ololo appealed.

How To Apply for UK NMC Verification to Josef Silny

This is a post in the series of Josef Silny CES application Guide for overseas Nurses who want to apply to work as a Nurse in the USA from the UK.

As at the time of writing this, Josef Silny hasn’t signed up in order to be able to access verification of candidates through a secured platform therefore applicants in the UK who have to verify their UK registration will have to follow this step:

Step 1: Login into your NMC account

Step 2: Download your Statement of Entry

Step 3: Send a copy to your Statement of Entry to your Assessor via email

Step4: Your assessor after receiving it with check your name using the public register on NMC online and you will see your UK registration reflecting on your page after that

Concerns Raised As UK Recruits 50,000 Nurses from Poor Countries

A quarter of all new nurses in the UK were trained in poorer countries with more severe staffing shortages, openDemocracy can reveal.

Since 2017, 50,000 of the nurses who registered to practise in the UK were trained in countries that have too few of their own nurses to provide the standard of healthcare recommended by the United Nations. 

Once registered, nurses can be employed in the NHS or the private sector. It is likely that the majority join the NHS, with 38,000 new NHS England nurses reporting their nationalities as countries with severe staffing shortages in the past five years – though it is not known where they trained.

This includes thousands of Ghanian, Nigerian and Nepalese nurses, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) discouraging active international recruitment from all three countries. 

The UK Department of Health and Social Care denied it has actively recruited nurses from Ghana, though Ghanaian nurses may still have sought NHS jobs. The department did not deny actively hiring Nigerian and Nepalese nurses.

openDemocracy’s analysis of data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the WHO comes amid a record shortfall of NHS nurses, with 46,828 empty posts in September. Yesterday, nurses in the UK voted to strike after the government refused their request for an above-inflation pay rise.

The number of foreign-trained nurses registering to work in the UK has increased sixfold since the government axed a fund for training NHS nurses in England in 2016. Then-chancellor George Osborne scrapped £800m worth of bursaries that covered the tuition fees and part of the living costs of students training to be nurses.

The move led to a drop in the number of students training to become nurses that recovered only when Boris Johnson partially reversed the cuts by restoring grants for living costs, but not tuition fees, in 2019.

The costs of recruiting a nurse trained abroad are likely between £10,000 to £12,000, far less than the £26,000 it costs the government to train a nurse in the UK, according to analysis by the Nuffield Trust.

James Asamani, a scientist working for the WHO’s African regional office, told openDemocracy that workforce migration has contributed to the continent’s shortage of 5.3 million health workers.

“The adverse impact is already experienced in some countries such as Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Nigeria, among others, increasing the vulnerabilities of health systems already suffering from low health workforce densities to achieve critical targets,” he said.

‘Recruiting at the expense of others’

Nurses trained in India and the Philippines make up the majority of foreign-trained new recruits since 2017, both of which are experiencing nursing shortages.

More than 21,000 Indian nurses have registered to practise in the UK – all of whom paid for their training – despite India needing to recruit 4.3 million more nurses by 2024 to make up a growing shortfall. According to the WHO, countries need at least 27.4 nurses per 10,000 people – but India has just 17 per 10,000. 

More than 17,000 Filipino nurses have registered to practise in the UK in the past five years – almost 13,00 of whom joined the NHS – despite the Philippine Department of Health facing a shortage of 100,000 nurses.

This is despite the UK government saying it would take “into consideration the national demand for healthcare vis-a-vis the number of healthcare workers in the Philippines” in a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine government in 2021. 

More than 5,000 nurses from Ghana, Nigeria, Nepal, Uganda and Pakistan have registered to work in the UK since those countries were placed on the WHO’s Health Workforce Support and Safeguards List in 2020. The WHO advises against international recruitment of nurses from countries on the list because they face the most pressing health workforce challenges. 

Florence worked as a nurse in Kenya for 12 years before she was recruited to join the NHS in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. 

“[The UK] has been recruiting at the expense of poorer countries,” she told openDemocracy. “There are shortages in the countries that we have left behind. But I think in the long run, we are all looking for a better life. And if I could get the money that I am getting at the moment, in my home country, I would have no problem going back.”

In February 2021, the government banned the NHS from running recruitment campaigns in countries on the list in its revised code of practice for overseas recruitment. Doctors and nurses from the listed countries can still join the NHS of their own accord.

But the UK government has continued to agree recruitment deals with governments of countries on the list, a practice that is not banned by the WHO. In September it announced a deal to recruit 100 nurses from Nepal – which has 21 nurses per 10,000 people, compared with the UK’s 84 per 10,000.

Last week, Labour leader Keir Starmer said the UK is “recruiting too many people from overseas” into the NHS and pledged to take on 7,500 more medical students “from here” under a Labour government.

“Nobody was saying that when we were on the front line during Covid and we were dying. Why didn’t he say it then?” Neomi Bennett, the founder of campaign group Equality 4 Black Nurses, told openDemocracy. 

She added that the Labour leader’s comments were “irresponsible” in the context of rising xenophobia and abuse towards migrant nurses. “We are fighting to keep migrant nurses safe because they’re being attacked in their place of work.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “It is misleading to suggest that the UK actively recruits nurses from countries where there is a shortage of nursing staff.

“We updated our Code of Practice for International Recruitment – in line with latest advice from the World Health Organisation – to guarantee the most stringent ethical standards when recruiting health and social care staff from overseas. This code prohibits active recruitment from countries with shortages of nursing staff, and all NHS organisations sign up to this code. 

“International recruitment is only one part of our plans to grow the NHS workforce, and the supply of homegrown staff is increasing. The NHS has also reduced spending on agency staff, which has dropped by a third since 2015/16.”

Source: OpenDemocrazy

College of Nursing Sciences Gombe State PostBasic Nursing 2022/2023 Admission Form

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following Post Basic Nursing Programmes:

Tick as Appropriate;

i)                   Critical Care Nursing Programme

ii)                  Perioperative Nursing Programme


Candidate for admission into the above chosen programme must:

i)                   Be a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and possess a current practicing license.

ii)                  Possess the Senior Secondary School Certificate(s) (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB) with a minimum of Five subjects at Credit Levels which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, obtained at not more than two (2) sittings.

iii)                One (1) year post qualification experience will be an added advantage.


Forms are obtainable from 7th November 2022, at the Office of the Programme Coordinator, Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) Gombe OR the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe Website ( , via the College platform, after the payment of a non-refundable fee of Ten Thousand Naira Only (N10,000) into the Internally Generated Revenue Account through Remita.

·        Closing Date for submission of completed forms: Monday, 21st November, 2022

·        Aptitude test: Thursday, 24th November, 2022

·        Selection Interview: Friday, 25th November, 2022

For further inquiries, please contact: 08020500235, (Perioperative Programme)

08020500769, (Critical Care Programme)


College Management 

UK Nurses Strike: Dates and List of NHS Hospitals Going on Strike

The Royal College of Nurses has declared that her members have voted for strike action which will likely take place by November ending to early December. Below is the list of NHS Hospitals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland:

Royal College of Nursing members working on Agenda for Change contracts have, in accordance with thresholds, mandated strike action in the following employers.


Region Employer Name
East Midlands East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
East Midlands NHS Derby and Derbyshire ICB (Joined Up Care Derbyshire)
East Midlands NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB
East Midlands Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
East Midlands Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
East Midlands
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation
East Midlands Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
East Midlands Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
East Midlands Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation
Eastern Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Eastern Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Eastern Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Eastern West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB
Eastern NHS Mid and South Essex ICB
Eastern NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB
Eastern NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB
London Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
London Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation
London Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
London St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
London Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
London Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
London Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
London University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
London NHS North Central London ICB
London NHS South West London ICB
London NHS ResolutionNorth West Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
North West
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation
North West Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Found Trust
North West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North West The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Found Trust
North West The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
North West Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
North West Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
North West North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
North West Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North West Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North West Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
North West Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
North West Midlands and Lancashire CSU
North West Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Found Trust
North West Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
North West Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership
North West St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
North West Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
North West The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
North West Health Education England
North West NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB
North West NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB
North West Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Northern North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation
Northern Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northern County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Northern Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Northern The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Northern South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Northern North of England CSU (NECS)
South East Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
South East East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
South East University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
South East South East Coast Ambulance Service
South East Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
South East Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
South East Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
South East NHS Kent and Medway ICB
South East NHS Surrey Heartlands ICB
South East Southern Health NHS Foundation TrustSouth East Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South East Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
South East University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
South East South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
South East Solent NHS Trust
South East Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
South East Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
South West Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
South West Devon Partnership NHS Trust
South West South Western Ambulance Service NHS Found Trust
South West Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
South West Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South West North Bristol NHS Trust
South West Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
South West University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
South West
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation
South West Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
South West NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
South West Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
South West Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
South West Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
South West Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South West Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
South West University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
South West Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South West Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
South West Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
South West
NHS Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICB
(BSW Together)
South West NHS Devon ICB (One Devon)
South West NHS Dorset ICB (Our Dorset)
South West NHS Gloucestershire ICB (One Gloucestershire)
West Midlands Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS
West Midlands The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
West Midlands Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
West Midlands University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands
Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust
West Midlands Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust
West Midlands NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB (BSol ICB)
West Midlands NHS Black Country ICBYorkshire & The Humber Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber
York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation
Yorkshire & The Humber Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber NHS England
Yorkshire & The Humber Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Yorkshire & The Humber NHS West Yorkshire ICB


Wales Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Wales Powys Teaching Local Health Board
Wales Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Headquarters
Wales Hywel Dda University Health Board
Wales Swansea Bay University Health Board
Wales Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Wales Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board
Wales Velindre NHS Trust
Wales Public Health Wales
Wales Health Education and Improvement Wales Health Authority
Wales NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
Wales Digital Health and Care Wales

Scotland NHS Borders
Scotland NHS Education For Scotland
Scotland NHS Fife
Scotland NHS National Services Scotland
Scotland NHS Shetland
Scotland NHS Western Isles
Scotland NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Scotland NHS Orkney
Scotland NHS Golden Jubilee
Scotland NHS 24
Scotland The State Hospitals Board for Scotland
Scotland NHS Grampian
Scotland NHS Tayside
Scotland NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Scotland The Highland Council
Scotland Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Scotland Public Health Scotland
Scotland NHS Greater Glasgow and ClydeScotland Scottish Ambulance Service
Scotland NHS Lothian
Scotland NHS Lanarkshire
Scotland NHS Highland
Scotland NHS Forth Valley

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council
Northern Ireland Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Western Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Business Services Organisation
Northern Ireland Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
Northern Ireland Public Health Agency
Northern Ireland Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

December 2022 MCPDP Schedule in Katsina

Another edition of the MCPDP,* organized by Katsina state MCPDP committee

NMCN Certified with 3 Continuous Education Unit (CEU)

The upcoming module is detailed hereunder .


*Medical/Surgical Nursing

👉. Module : Medical/ Surgical Nursing Module III DATE : 5th-9th December 2022
TIME* : 8 am to 4 pm daily
VENUE* : School of Nursing Katsina,
REGISTRATION: 20,000 naira payable into
Acct no: Acc no 0005489934, Katsina state MCPDP committee
Bank : access bank PLC Limited slots available.*
For payment, registration and expression of interest for slot reservation, contact this *number( calls, sms, whatsapp)