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Career Advancement Opportunities for Nigerian Nurses By Abdullahi Musa

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Career Advancement Opportunities for Nigerian Nurses By Abdullahi Musa by Peter(m): Sat Nov 2021 01:42am
The first year in nursing institution as a student serve as the introductory aspect of nursing where the student acquire the basis knowledge and some skills of what the profession entails through various course offered, this might serve as a clue to some students to make up their minds sequential to successful graduation as a NURSE and some decides before then perhaps they have a trivial insight concerning the profession.

After successful walkway from professional examination for nurses (council) conducted by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN), registered and licenced to practice as a nurse to which you can render health care services in varieties of facilities and units in the health care settings be it theater, hemodialysis, medical ward, surgical ward, accident and emergency (trauma), general out patient department (GOPD), surgical out patient department (SOPD), paediatric wards (medical and surgical), clinical instructor, urology, orthopedic, among others thus, some nurses secure a job at different levels of government be it local, state or federal, and some private sectors or elsewhere, and others move on to further their educational carrier while others migrate to foreign countries looking for enabling environment to prosper.

After securing a job some nurses confined themselves throughout the years expected to consume in labour market due to one circumstance or the other, some enroll in to post basic nursing programme of their opinions, while others might decides to go for bachelor's degree as for those graduated from colleges/schools of nursing (RNs) and those graduated from universities offering degree in nursing (BNSc) might decides to run for master's degree In nursing, such as MSc. In psychiatric nursing, MSc. In medical surgical nursing, MSc. In public health nursing, MSc. In maternal and child health, Msc. Nursing administration etcetera. Meanwhile, some diverse to other professions such as medicine, law, security agencies to mentioned but few others enroll in to entrepreneurship align with their job descriptions.

Furthermore, since from the genesis of the programme some students might decides for carrier acceleration, to some it may follow graduation either to enroll in to post basic nursing programme of their choices or bachelor's degree in nursing for RNs and for graduates some enroll to masters degree as highlighted above while others fails to do so even after they graduated.

Nevertheless, some nurses focus on the areas where many had reflected their eyes upon or decide to enroll a programme within their door steps, for instance nurse A enrolled in to a specific programme therefore, nurse B have to join the same programme with A despite the varieties of programmes that the profession encompassed, or your course mate pick a particular career you too seem it mandatory to join the same queue with him/her not knowing that the career chosen by he/she developed passion over it already, instead of you to select the best career of your choice and be passionate about it rather than sticking to selfsame career; nursing profession is very wide with varieties of specialities for nurses recommended by N&MCN includes:

•Ophthalmic nursing
•Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
•Critical care nursing
•Accident and emergency (A&E)
•Orthopaedic nursing
•Burns and plastic nursing
•Psychiatric nursing
•Peadiatric nursing
•Perioperative nursing
•Public health nursing
•Anesthetic nursing
•Cardiothoracic nursing
•Nursing education includes Nursing, Midwifery, Psychiatric and Public health
•Dental nursing
•Post basic midwifery (for nurses)
•Nephrology nursing
•Occupational health nursing
•Oncology nursing


•Post basic nursing (for midwives)
Despite the fact that council have taken measures for the post basic programmes to be updated to post graduate degrees in few years to come.

In the view of the foregoing, they're specialties that are very prominent among the aforementioned and others are nearly dull when it come to other people's interest despite the value and honour attached to those disciplines; for registered midwives they have to undergoes 18 months post basic nursing programme before undergoing other post basic nursing programmes as listed above with exception of diploma midwifery education. Atimes we facsimile others without being conscious of other perspectives; It's very vital for people conjoined by a profession like nursing to dissimilate in to various aspects rather than being accumulated and restrained in one thus, diversification is paramount crucial when it comes to professionalism and achieving professional goals.

For RNs if you choice to move on with bachelor's degree in nursing (BNSc) they're several universities in this country offering degree in nursing some of which you can secure admission via JAMB/UTME and direct entry (DE), among the universities includes:

•Ahmadu Bello university, Zaria (ABU)
•Usman Danfodio university, Sokoto (UDUS)
•Bayero university Kano (BUK)
•University of Ibadan
•Federal university, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
•University of Maiduguri (UNIMAD)
•University of Lagos (UNILAG)
•University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Enugu
•University of Jos (UNIJOS) Plateau
•University of Illorin (UNILORIN)
•Department of Nursing Science, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state, etcetera
For distance learning includes:
•National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for Registered Nurses only
•Ahmadu Bello university Zaria, distance Learning center for Registered Nurses only.

Conclusively, it's very crucial for a nurse or potential nurse to know the best career to pursue his/her educational background depending upon the area he/she wishes to partake in; they're numerous cadres that nursing profession is lacking professionals rather than uniting yourselves in one place, at least metamorphose and appear differently. However, more graduates such BNSc. holders, MSc. Holders, PhD. Holders and professors are paramount crucial to the development of the profession and professionalism. Beside, multitude specialties can't make one DEGREE.

Nurses are trained academically, morally with discipline and integrity to surpass respect, genuineness and rapport not merely on patients but to all, nurses provides health care services in respect to the care of individual, family and community be it healthy or sick through health promotion, health restoration, alleviation of suffering and prevention of illness.

Nurse Abdullahi Musa writes, Sokoto state Nigeria.
Dedicated to all Nurses and Midwives



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