No fewer than 29 psychiatric nurses have sat for the 2018 professional examination at Post Basic School of Psychiatric Nursing in Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kware, Sokoto State.
The examination coordinator, Malam Sani Haruna, disclosed this to our reporter on Monday in Kware Local Government Area of the state, adding that the examination was being conducted by Nursing and Midwives Council of Nigeria.
Haruna said that the figure was the highest recorded in the history of the school and lauded the commitment of the hospital’s management for the achievement recorded.
Haruna, who is the National Chairman of Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria (APNON) said the examination was part of the standard process to ensure professional practices.
He stressed the need for combined efforts of all stakeholders at improving mental health care in the country.
Speaking also, the medical director of the hospital, Dr Shehu Sale, advised nurses and other health workers to use available resources and opportunities at their disposal to improve their knowledge.
Sale urged them to ensure professionalism in the system, in order to maintain maximum productivity in the field of nursing.
The director also called on the candidates to keep abreast with modern ways of acquiring knowledge, through Information Communication Technology (ICT) to remain relevant in their profession.
According to him, about 96 workers have participated in promotion examination conducted in the hospital this month.
He also expressed satisfaction over the good conduct of the workers during the examination.
He added that different professionals from various institutions served as examiners, including officials from the Federal Ministry of Health.
Sale, a consultant-psychiatrist said the Kware Mental Facility had been repositioned through training and manpower development initiatives in line with best international practices.
“I ensured renovation of the post basic school of psychiatric nursing and the regaining of accreditation for the Federal School of Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing.
“Other efforts include improvement in residency training, employing more resident doctors and training them in line with the regulations of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Physicians,” he said.
Source : Nation Newspaper