The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) has
urged newly inducted 205 foreign-trained nurses and midwives to refrain from unethical misconduct
as they practiced the profession.
The Registrar of the council, Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, made the call during the induction ceremony of the nurses
and midwives held in Abuja.
Abubakar also warned them against scandalous transactions or syndicates that steal, buy and sell babies in hospitals.
“I charge you to be worthy ambassadors of our noble profession, live up to the ethics of this profession in your scope
of practice at all times and desist from unethical sharp practices.
I admonish you not to involve yourselves in scandalous transactions or be counted among a few unscrupulous
nurses and midwives and their syndicates,” Abubakar said.
The council boss also advised them to resist from any temptation to seek jobs outside the country, rather, they should
stay and contribute toward improving Nigeria’s healthcare system.
He said “I wish to use this opportunity to counsel you to resist the desire of seeking for greener pasture in other countries.
“I want to encourage you to stay here and make your own contributions toward quality healthcare for our nation.”
The Chairman, NMCN Governing Council, Dr Bola Ofi, also charged the nurses to improve their personal professional development.
Ofi, represented by a board member, Mrs Franca Okafor, also advised them to adhere to the ethics of the profession and contribute
to promoting health, preventing illness, restore health and alleviate the sufferings of the people.
He added that “this is the beginning of your nursing career as a profession, and one of the characteristics is development
knowledge and this can be achieved through research anywhere you are functioning.
“Knowledge is long life and so you must imbibe the attributes of personal and professional development from the beginning.
You must save a percentage of your salary towards yearly conference each year, never wait for sponsorship, but take the opportunity
as it comes.”
Mohammed Mami, the Chairman, Registrar Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria, called on regulatory agencies to
improve the healthcare services in the country.
Mani also advised the inductees to put service before any monetary gains to promote the health system of the country.
Odejayi Mariam was conferred with The Best Foreign-Trained Nurse, while
the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Anambra had The Best Performing Department of nursing for May 2019.
The 205 are the second set of inductees of foreign-trained nurses who fulfilled the requirements and passed the council’s
Some of the institutions attended by the nurses are; Maryam Abatcha American University of Niger, Maradi, Mansoura University in Egypt,
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan and International University of Africa, Sudan.