The Council has granted approval to various educational institutions, including Schools of Nursing, Midwifery, Post Basic Nursing, and Departments of Nursing, with their respective Accreditation Status and Admission Quota categorized by state.
Currently, there are a total of Two Hundred and Ninety (400) Nursing Training Institutions in Nigeria. Below, you will find the list of Nursing Training Institutions in Nigeria that have received the Council’s approval as of August 2022.
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SUMMARY/STATISTICS OF APPROVED SCHOOLS
- School of Nursing (Basic) (SON): A total of 117 schools have been approved, with none currently on an embargo.
- Schools of Midwifery (Basic/ Post Basic) (SOMBP): There are 111 approved schools, none of which are currently under embargo.
- Schools of Post Basic Nursing Specialties (SOPN): The Council has approved 72 schools in this category, and none are currently on embargo status.
- Departments of Nursing Sciences (DON): A total of 43 departments have received approval, with none currently under embargo.
- Community Midwifery Programme (CMP): There are 27 approved programs, and none of them are under embargo.
- Community Nursing Programme (CNP): A total of 30 programs have been approved, with none currently under embargo.
DEPARTMENTS OF NURSING UNDERGOING ACCREDITATION PROCESS
Several Departments of Nursing Sciences in various universities are currently undergoing the accreditation process. These departments are working toward achieving either full accreditation status, provisional accreditation status, or addressing deficiencies to lift embargoes. Below is a list of these departments:
[The list of departments currently undergoing accreditation has been provided in the original article.]
- Full accreditation status lasts for five (5) years.
- Provisional accreditation status lasts for two (2) years.
- Embargo on students’ intake is indefinite until deficiencies are rectified, and a resource verification visit is conducted with a decision taken to lift the embargo by the Board.
- Denied/withdrawn accreditation status is indefinite until deficiencies are rectified, and a re-accreditation visit is conducted with a decision taken by the Board.
Please be aware that the above list is subject to periodic review and updates.
CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
The Code of Ethical Conduct places the client or patient at the core of nursing activities. The objectives of the Code of Ethical Conduct are as follows:
- To inform professional nurses of the standards of ethical conduct expected of them in the exercise of their professional responsibilities and practice.
- To inform the public, other professions, and employers about the ethical standards they can anticipate from a registered practitioner.
A nurse is an individual who has undergone authorized education, acquired specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and is registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to provide promotive, preventive, supportive, and restorative care to individuals, families, and communities. This care can be provided independently or in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. The nurse must deliver care in a manner that upholds the integrity of the profession, safeguards the health of the client or patient, and protects the interests of society.
THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE AND THE HEALTHCARE CONSUMER
As a professional, the nurse is obligated to:
- Offer care to all members of the public without discrimination based on age, religion, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, political affiliation, health status, or socioeconomic standing.
- Uphold the human rights of healthcare consumers as defined in the constitution.
- Ensure that clients or patients of legal age (18 years and above) provide informed consent for nursing interventions. If the healthcare consumer is underage, informed consent may be granted by their next of kin or parents.
- Maintain the confidentiality of client information and records, except when consultation with other members of the healthcare team is required to devise appropriate intervention strategies, in compliance with a court order, or when necessary to protect the consumer and the public from harm.
- Avoid negligence, malpractice, and assault when delivering care to clients or patients.
- Maintain a professional demeanor when interacting with clients or patients.
- Refuse bribes or gifts that could compromise impartial treatment.
- Consider the views, culture, and beliefs of the client or patient and their family when designing and implementing care or treatment plans.
- Recognize that all clients or patients have the right to receive information about their medical condition.
- Be sensitive to the needs of clients or patients and respect the wishes of those who decline or are unable to receive information about their condition.
- Provide accurate and understandable information.
- Respect the autonomy of clients or patients, allowing them to decide whether to undergo healthcare interventions, even if refusal may lead to harm or death, unless ordered otherwise by a court of law.
- Presume that every patient or client is legally competent unless assessed otherwise by a qualified practitioner. Legal competence implies the ability to comprehend and retain treatment information and use it to make informed decisions.
- Apply the principles of obtaining consent equally to individuals with mental illnesses.
- Ensure that in situations where clients or patients are detained under statutory powers (e.g., Mental Health Act), the circumstances and safeguards necessary for providing treatment and care without consent are understood.
- Provide care in emergency situations where treatment is essential to preserve life when clients or patients are unable to provide consent, as long as it can be demonstrated that the actions are in their best interests.
THE PROFESSIONAL NURSE AND THE NURSING PROFESSION
The nurse is expected to:
- Attend workshops, conferences, seminars, and courses recognized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and relevant to the profession at least once a year.
- Engage in behavior and activities that elevate the social standing and integrity of nurses.
- Maintain a neat and modest appearance while on duty and in uniform, refraining from wearing ostentatious jewelry, long wigs, high-heeled shoes, lengthy nail extensions, or excessive makeup.
- Refrain from engaging in fighting or theft.
- Display courtesy, honesty, and resourcefulness.
- Avoid wearing uniforms and protective attire outside hospital premises.
- Abstain from strapping babies or children to their backs while in uniform.
- Provide care based on current evidence-based practices, employing the Nursing Process.
- Participate in the education of student nurses/midwives and students in health-related disciplines.
- Collaborate with professional associations to secure favorable conditions of service.
- Demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary for lawful, safe, and effective professional practice without direct supervision.