Following our careful inquest into the status and circumstances surrounding the nursing degree awarded by institutions in Benin Republic, Chad, Niger Republic and Came., we wish to bring the following to the attention of Nigerian nurses and the genaal public:
I. Although most of the institutions in the countries referred above, that are involved in the award of nursing degree to Nigerian nurses, can be found in the list of accredited institutions of higher learning in their respective countries, the Nigerian minis, of Education has not approved the evaluation of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree or any other health related courses awarded by these institutions.
2. Consequently. the B.N.Sc degree awarded by these institutions is not recognized by the Nigerian Minis, of Education for admission, employment/upgrading and/or NYSC mobilization.
3. UGONSA therefore advises Nigerian nurses to henceforth stop the pursuit of nursing degrees in these countries.
4. For those that are already in the pursuit of their nursing degree, as well as those that might have already bagged nursing degree, in these countries, we recommend that they promptly contact the Director Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health, or the Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery of Nigeria, for clarification on the status of the nursing degree awarded by their school to avoid any regrets in the future. It is better to make hay now, while the sun still shines, than to make an avoidable and regrettable mistake.
5. Most of these scl.ols run the nursing degree under other departments (and not in the department of nursing sciences) with no measures or facilities in place as required for standard and accreditation.
6. Most of them also run the program in such a shabby way that the cumulative academic period for the entire course that leads to award of the degree, in some instances, is less than one month.
7. As the motto of UGONSA is -Nightingalism and Professionalism for Qualitative Client Care”, we cannot sit passive and watch as professionalism and standards are brazenly watered down in the nursing profession.
8. We therefore call on nurses and the general public to support the commendable effort the Federal Minis, of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are making in upholding standards and professionalism in Nursing education and practice in Nigeria by heeding this clarion call to shun patronizing any nursing program that has been evaluated as being below standard such as those run in the referenced countries.
Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu
Nurse G.I. Nshi