Becoming a Nurse in Nigeria

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There are two routes to becoming a nurse in Nigeria. Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NN&MC), is the regulatory body for nursing in Nigeria. Many nursing Schools will provide nursing students in Nigeria with degrees and certifications such as Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Bachelor of Nursing Sciences and post-doctorate programs as well.

General Nursing Programme
The first degree available to nursing students in Nigeria is the General Nursing Programme, which results in students being awarded the Registered Nurse (RN)title over a three-year training. Prerequisites for admission to this program include the completion of a Senior Secondary School Certificate or equivalency, as well as five credits that must include a science (Biology/Health, Chemistry or Physics) and an English-language credit.

Post Basic Midwifery Programme
Once a student becomes a registered nurse, he may apply to a Post Basic Midwifery Programme to become a Registered Midwife (RM).

Specializations
With an RN or RM to your name, students receive a Practicing License to begin a work-study program consisting of a year of professional on-the-job training. Here they gain experience registering patients and working towards a Clinical Specialization at the certificate level through professional programs. This can be in the fields on Nurse Anesthetist, Public Health Nursing, Pediatrics, Orthopedics. Ophthalmic or Occupational Health Nursing. Students can also receive credentials to work in Accident and Emergency Nursing, PeriOperative Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Burns and Plastic, Intensive Care, Ear, Nose and Throat Nursing, Cardiothoracic Nursing or Nursing Administration. These specialization programs last the full calendar year, except for the Nurse Anesthetist program, which runs 18 months.

Bachelor of Nursing Sciences
Alternatively, aspiring nurses in Nigeria can attend a five-year university where they can take courses in core subjects leading to a Bachelor of Nursing Sciences degree as well as study towards a RN, Registered Midwife (RM,) or Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN) award. As a prerequisite, students must complete five credit level passes in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC ) or Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) exams in one or two sittings in the subjects of all Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Completion of these programs must include a one-year internship in an approved health care facility.

Master or Doctorate Two schools offer further credentials, a Master or Doctorate of Philosophy with a focus in Nursing. They are Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, and the University of Ibadan in Ibadan.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1. GENERAL NURSING PROGRAMME
Candidates for admission into the General Nursing Education Programme of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria must posses the Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent with five credits to include English Language and either Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Health Science at not more than 2 sittings.Duration of Study Three (3) calendar years.Registration obtainable Registered Nurse (RN)2. POST BASIC MIDWIFERY PROGRAMME
The Candidate must be a Registered Nurse and must also meet all institutional Requirements to be admitted into any of the 66 schools of midwifery.Duration of Study One (1) calendar year./td>

Registration obtainable Registered Midwife (RM)

3. POST BASIC PSYCHIATRIC NURSING PROGRAMME
The Candidate must be a Registered Nurse and must also meet all institutional Requirements to be admitted into any of the eight (8) schools of psychiatric nursing.

Duration of Study One (1) calendar years.

Registration obtainable Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)

4. BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAMME (B.N.Sc.)
Five Credits level passes in WASC/SSCE or its equivalent at not more than two sittings. Subject must include English Language, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics. Candidate must also meet all institutional requirements.

Duration of Study Five (5) calendar years with one year internship in a recognized health care institution.

Registration obtainable Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Midwife (RM), Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN). Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)
Academic Qualification Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree.

5. HIGHER DEGREES IN NURSING
Admission requirements As obtainable in the different Universities offering higher degrees in Nursing
Academic Degrees Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy.

6. PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMES
The following Post basic Nursing Programmes are run at Certificate level:

Public Health Nursing
Orthopaedic Nursing
Paediatrics Nursing
Anaesthetist Nursing
Accident and Emergency Nursing
Pre-operative Nursing
Ear, Nose and Throat Nursing
Burns and Plastic Nursing
Cardiothoracic Nursing
Occupational Health Nursing
Intensive Care Nursing
Nursing Administration
General Nursing

Admission requirements Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife with at least one year post registration experience

A current practicing license

The applicant must meet all other institutional requirements
Duration of Study One Calendar Year, except for the Anaesthetist Nursing programme which runs for eighteen (18) months.

Registration Obtainable Certificate in Nursing in the area of Clinical Specialization

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