How To Choose a Nursing Programme in Nigeria?
Nursing is now the largest health care profession in Nigeria. If you think that hospital is the only place a nurse could be found, you are certainly misinformed. Public health agencies, communities, pharmacies, and other places where health care services are rendered also commonly have nurses employed.
How to Choose Your Nursing Program
One step to becoming a nurse in Nigeria is to graduate from a university that runs a nursing program. This is a five year program. This program includes studies leading to B.N.Sc, M.N.Sc, or and Ph.D. to gain entry into this program, the Nursing and Midwifery association of Nigeria has endorsed 5 credits requirement in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. However, due to limited admission spaces available in these universities, colleges of nursing and hospital nursing programs exist to fill the nation’s nursing manpower need.
It is good to know that there is a very strong debate in Nigeria about which nursing program is most efficient. Many people prefer hospital and colleges of nursing programs over university nursing programs. Many nurses in the country are of the opinion that hospital trained nurses are more practical oriented than the university trained nurses. They also believe that the generic graduate nurses are deficient in practical skills, citing their example from the first group generic graduates from the University of Ife who were so deficient in clinical practice. (Erinosho, 2001)
Nurses also feel that the five years duration of nursing program in the university is too long for nursing training. They are of the opinion that nursing program should not exceed four (4) years.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.N.Sc)
This is a five-year curriculum offered in colleges and universities. A graduate of this course has the advantage of learning health care settings that includes leadership and management. A degree in B.N.Sc is preferred and often required in many fields of nursing.
Colleges of Nursing
In recent times, more and more people are flocking the colleges of Nursing in the country. It is a hospital-based nursing program that is usually run by the state hospitals. Hence, it is backed by the government. This program allows you to practice on the job and it is practical oriented.it is observed that many graduates from university nursing programs also undergo this training after going through their university course.
Many private hospitals in the country offer courses in nursing and midwifery. This is a 2 to 3 year program that is based in hospitals. This program allows you to practice on the job; you can even gain employment in the hospital after your training.
Nursing is a very fine career choice. For one, it is internationally recognized. Besides, countries like the United States and Canada are have high demand for nurses and many Nigerian nurses have relocated. With this knowledge, take the issue of practical nursing seriously and you will be accepted anywhere.