We’re loosing nurses to brain drain, says Nursing Council

The newly inducted nurses from the University of Jos, Jos.

From Teryima Ajijah, Jos

Registrar/Secretary General, Nursing and Medical Council of Nigeria (N&MCN), Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, have reported that 17,000 nurses recently left Nigeria to overseas countries to seek for greener pasture.

The registrar stated this at the University of Jos, on Monday, during the induction of 77 nurses, who graduated at the University of Jos.

Represented by the Director of Protocol, Yahaya Sunni, the registrar lamented that the trend by professional nurses leaving Nigeria for other developed countries was alarming, and it should be curtailed to stem brain drain and encourage internal health services.

He, however, noted that recently, 7500 nurses registered for professional examinations towards making them professionals in the nursing career.

The Chief Nurse warned the 77 inductees to strictly adhere to professional ethics to save lives, and insisted that nurses must be trusted on confidentially of patients.

Declaring the induction open, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, who spoke through the Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Jos, Prof. Simon Yiltok, congratulated the graduands and tasked them to be good ambassadors of the institution.

The VC noted that the institution had procured necessary technical teaching equipments and best hands in the profession handling health sciences.

He, equally appreciated the graduands for their patience because the programme prolonged beyond expectations.

Earlier, in his address, Head of Department, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, Dr Abayomi Ogunyewo affirmed that the graduands had undergone all that it takes to graduate them as nurses.

Dr Ogunyewo, however, informed the graduands that they must undergo a mandatory one-year internship service with reputable hospitals that shall be recommended to them before the final certification to practice independently.

He warned against sharp practices that could be detrimental to their profession, pointing out that it could lead to sanction as part of the oath of the nursing profession mandates all nurses to take responsibility for their actions.

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