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Re: Mobilisation on the use of titles among Nurses in Nigeria by Umar Sa'ad Abdullahi

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Re: Mobilisation on the use of titles among Nurses in Nigeria by Umar Sa'ad Abdullahi by Peter(m): Fri Nov 2021 10:10am
Mobilization on the use of titles, ranks or qualifications among professional Nurses on clinical based data or references.

I personally, don't care much about the issue of titles, but actually, it is really painful how nurses were being addressed in the Clinical areas by the massive, including health professionals. Verbally and in written.

In _Northern Nigeria_ , the bearer of the title ‘Nurse’ was _misperceived_ traditionally as ‘someone at the lowest level in healthcare setting, or as a clinical assistant/attendant.’

The Title _‘Nurse’_ is referring to healthcare provider who studied bachelor's degree in Nursing Science (BNsc) at accredited univerisity or General nursing program at any recognized college of nursing, and obtained _RN_ (Registered nurse) certificate. He or she MUST be examined and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria (NMCN) before practicing.

*Nurses’ roles:* According to _W.H.O_ , Nurses' aren't doctors assistants, they are professionals on their own performing essential health care services.. ’ nurses are specialized in giving essential health care services to sick people ( _patients_ ) within and outside the clinical settings, with or without Doctor's suggestions/prescription utilizing evidence-based scope of practice.

Essential nursing care don't always depend on doctors prescription, nurses have their own specialized and unique training on how to render many aspects of essential health services _independently._

Nurses can specialised in all aspects of medical specialties e.g Accident & Emergency (A&E), Nephrology, Opthalmology, ENT, Psychiatry, Oncology, Dermatology, Orthopaedic, Perioperative, Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Intensive care. e.t.c.

Nurses are universally recognized, with each and every country's hospitals depends on them on daily basis.

A _Nigerian_ Registered nurse (RN) can work in other country and vice versa.

*How nurses are commonly addressed at Clinical setting especially in Northern Nigeria.*

-Mallam.
-Oga.
-Hajjiya.
-Yallabai.
-Brother.
-Sister.
-Chief.
-O.C

E.t.c

N.B:- _All the above mentioned common nouns has no professional recognition!_

*Professional ways of addressing nurses.*

-Calling their professional name: _NURSE_ !.

-Linking their name with title e.g NURSE ABDULLAHI.

*Writing formats:*

-Title only: e.g Nurse Umar S. Abdullahi.

-Abbreviated (Type I):
Nrs. Umar S. Abdullahi

-Abbreviated (Type II):


Nr. Umar S. Abdullahi

-Qualifications only: e.g Sulaiman Nuhu Abdullahi, RN.

-Rank with specialty:
e.g Abubakar Muhd P.N.O (RN, BNsc, RNA,).

*Adaptation method:*

-Let your _title_ , _rank_ or qualification be always attached with your name in any official clinical related documents just as the way other health professionals were bearing.

-instruct/remind anyone addressing your name in any official clinical based data to include your professional identification against your proper name. E.g
During _postoperative_ note:

*Surgeon*: Dr. .........
*Assistant Surgeon:* Dr.......
*Anaesthetist*:
Nrs. Mujahid B. Khalid.
*Scrub nurse*:
Nrs. Mohammed M.K

_During referral or official report writing._

Name: Abdullahi Salihu. RN, BNsc, RON, PNO.


Prescription:

~Signature~
Nrs. Aisha

-Special documentation in bed head ticket:

~Signature~
Abdulbasid Usman(N.O I)

-Roster preparation.

Prepared by: Adama Ibrahim (C.N.O, i/c).

We Thanks Almighty Allah for making us Nurses.

Written by:-
Umar Sa'ad Abdullahi.
(RN, N.O II).
MMSH- Kano.


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