New On Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, 1st Regulatory Body

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (abbr. NMCN), is the sole governing body that regulates all cadres of nurses and midwives in Nigeria.  It was established by government decree in 1979, and re-established as a parastatal by the government of Nigeria by Act Cap. No143 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

The Council maintains standards of practice, and enforces discipline within the Nigerian nursing profession. It also accredits education in nursing and midwifery, awarding certificates and a diploma in midwifery and nursing after a three years programme. The Council is headed by a Registrar, who is helped by other professional and non-professional staff. They are responsible to a board reporting to the Federal Ministry of Health.

The primary objectives of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are to ensure high quality of Nursing and Midwifery education in Nigeria, maintain high standard of professional nursing and midwifery practice and enforce discipline within the profession. The Council has its headquarters in Abuja with Zonal Offices in Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi, Enugu, PortHarcourt and Lagos.

The Council is headed by a Secretary General/Registrar and is assisted by other professionals and non-professional staff. They are responsible to a Board headed by a Chairman with members drawn from various institutions and zones in the country.

It is the only legal, administrative, corporate and statutory body charged with the performance of specific functions on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria in order to ensure the delivery of safe and effective Nursing and Midwifery care to the public through quality education and best practices. The Council is mandated by Law to regulate the standards of Nursing and Midwifery Education and Practice in Nigeria and to review such standards from time to time to meet the changing health needs of the society.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is fully committed to the promotion and maintenance of excellence in Nursing education and practice in Nigeria.

The Council is making extremely energetic efforts through a proper regulatory framework in promoting the quality of nursing care to individuals, families, groups and the general public as one of the critical measures to improve the overall service delivery in the health care sector in Nigeria. Nursing is a profession of high repute both nationally and internationally and we will continue our interdisciplinary collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders in education and health sectors in other to take the profession to the highest pedestal of excellence.

INDEXING DIVISION OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

The indexing division is one of the key units of the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria and all other activities of Council revolve around the unit. It is responsible for the indexing of Students for the various Basic and Post Basic Nursing Programmes throughout the Federation.

Indexing of students involves the profiling of Nursing or Midwifery students personal data into the Council’s database and ensuring that the students’ qualification for admission into the programme is based on the approved entry requirements.

Presently the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has nineteen (19) approved basic and post basic programmes in all accredited Nursing and Midwifery training Institutions in Nigeria.

These programmes are:

  1. 1. General Nursing
  2. 2. Community Nursing 
  3. 3. Midwifery (Basic and Post Basic)
  4. 4. Community Midwifery
  5. 5. Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing 
  6. 6. Perioperative Nursing
  7. 7. Orthopedic Nursing
  8. 8. Ophthalmic Nursing
  9. 9. Nurse Anaesthetist Programme
  10. 10. Accident and Emergency Nursing
  11. 11. Paediatric Nursing  
  12. 12. Critical Care Nursing
  13. 13. Nose and Throat Nursing 
  14. 14. Occupational Health Nursing
  15. 15. Burns and Plastic Nursing
  16. 16. Cardio-thoracic Nursing
  17. 17. Nephrology Nursing
  18. 18. Oncology Nursing
  19. 19. Public Health Nursing

SEE ALSO National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives

UNIVERSITY GENERIC BNSC PROGRAMMES

These students are to be indexed for General Nursing at 200 level and for Midwifery at the end of their 5 year programme after passing the Professional Examination for General Nursing, because RN is a pre-requisite qualification for indexing as a Post basic Midwifery student.

The Division is also charged with the responsibility of:

  • Making sure that the number of students admitted into various Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Post Basic studies per session/year does not exceed the approved admission quota (number).
  • Scrutinizing the online indexing applications to determine who is qualified for indexing into the programme based on the approved entry requirement. The current requirement for General Nursing is five (5) O’ level credits in Mathematic, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two (2) sittings from NECO/WAEC/NABTEB.
  • Issuing index numbers to eligible students using codes to differentiate each State of the Federation and serially allotted numbers for each school.
  • Keeping records of students indexed for the various Nursing programmes for each year.
  • Identifying student with indexing problems, disapproving and returning their application to their schools for correction and update.
  • Writing letters to schools on issues relating to indexing and also attending to correspondences relating to indexing matters.
  • Keeping school files for record purposes.
  • Processing change of school applications.

THE PROCEDURE

The unit issues unique number tagged the index number to individual student and this is the number used in applying for Council’s Professional Qualifying Examination. In the past, index numbers were generated manually but from 2005, numbers are generated electronically. This is an improvement on the previous practice and it enables easy and fast access to students’ data.

The process of indexing is uniform for all programmes and starts with accreditation of institution. All accredited Institutions have official accounts on the portal of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and each is provided with unique password to access their account. Institutions are expected to input all the students’ data on the Council’s indexing portal.

Click here to read or download  How to Apply for Indexing 

EXAMINATION DIVISION OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

This division is under Education Department headed, by a Deputy Director who co-ordinates all activities relating to the conduct of the Final Qualifying Examinations of the Council.

FUNCTIONS OF EXAMINATION DIVISION OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

For ease of function the unit is divided into three (3) sections viz:

  1. Nursing
  2. Midwifery
  3. Post Basic
  4. Host Examination Committee meeting of the Council
  5. Organizes Biennial examiners’ workshop, to update the knowledge and skills of current and prospective examiners in the assessment of students in the classroom/clinical setting during the period of training
  6. Liaises with Education Department to ensure that only qualified candidates are presented for any of the Council’s Examinations.
  7. Liaises with Indexing Division to ensure that only qualified candidates are presented for any of the Council’s Examinations.
  8. Recommends suitable Council Examiners to the Secretary General/Registrar.
  9. Ensures that there is adequate supply of questions in the Council’s question bank for all examinations and other related documents.
  10. Monitors all activities related to the preparation and distribution of examination materials to all examination centres.
  11. Co-ordinates the central marking of examination answer sheets.
  12. Liaises with all heads of Schools for, the maintenance and compilation of the continuous assessment records of all Candidates for the examination.
  13. Monitors new trends in tests and measurements and makes recommendation for the adoption of such measures as tools for assessment of Candidates.
  14. The division conducts four examinations in a year as follows;

    1. March – Professional Qualifying Examination for Midwives (2nd Tuesday)

    2. May – Professional Qualifying Examination for General Nurses (1st Tuesday)

    3. September – Professional Qualifying Examination for Midwives (2nd Tuesday)

    4. November – Professional Qualifying Examination for General and Post Basic Nurses (1st Tuesday)

EXAMINATION PROCESS/DETAILS

Conduct of Examination – Processes

  1. Completed hard copy Applications are received from various schools of training within 4 – 6 weeks of release of results.
  2. Grace period of 1 week for late application with penalty.
  3. Documentation of application form in the unit’s register.
  4. Checking of indexing: Names, Sex, and Numbers.
  5. Checking of attempts: No. of sitting.
  6. Opening of the examination E-portal for application to commence.
  7. Nomination of Script Markers and Oral/Practical examiners.
  8. Comprehensive budget proposal for the entire examination.
  9. Packing of examination materials for the various schools/centres.
  10. Despatch to Zonal offices a week before the examination.
  11. Collection of examination materials by Director of Nursing Services from Zonal offices (Friday proceeding exam).
  12. Receive packaged and intact answer scripts from schools within few days of conclusion of examination.
  13. Central Script Marking under strict supervision.
  14. Entry of scores.
  15. Collation of results.
  16. Processing of results.
  17. Presentation of result to Board for approval for release.
  18. Release to Proprietors, Schools and DNS.

APPLICATION FORMS

A single form that should be used by all candidates registering for any of the following;

  1. General Nurses
  2. Midwives
  3. Post Basic Nurses

Click here to read or download   How to apply for an Examination 

LICENSING/UPDATING AND VERIFICATION DIVISION NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

The Updating/Licencing Division of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is responsible for the updating and issuance of practicing licences to all categories of registered nurses within and outside the Country. It is also the Division responsibility to treat all correspondences and keeping statistics of all processed and dispatched licences.

The Division has been in existence since 1987 and its activities supported and enforced by section 5 of the amended decree 54 of 1988 which stipulates that “no nurse shall be allowed to practice or continue to practice in any year except such a nurse has paid the Licencing fee as prescribed by the Council”.

FUNCTIONS OF LICENSING/UPDATING AND VERIFICATION DIVISION NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

The Updating/Licensing/Verification Division of the Council is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Updating and issuance of practicing licenses to all cadres of Registered Nurses in Nigeria.
  • Verification/Authentication of certificates to various boards/organizations within and outside the Country.
  • Change of name for married females in Council’s records.
  • Treating all correspondences and keeping statistics of all processed and dispatched licenses.
  • Liaising with Foreign Nursing Boards through correspondence on issues relating to verification of registration with the Council.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUANCE OF LICENSE

The requirements for Issuance of Licence are as follows:

First Licencing after Graduation

  • Identification letter from the school of training.
  • Completed Licencing form.
  • Photocopies of certificates of previous registrations as applicable.
  • Two (2) recent identical coloured passport photographs with white backgound.
  • Original evidence of Payment of N10,500 on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria platform through REMITA (TSA).

RENEWAL OF LICENCE

The renewal of license by the Council is supported and enforced by section 5 of the Amended Decree 54 of 1988 which categorically stipulates that “No Nurse shall be allowed to practice or continue to practice in any year except such a Nurse has paid Licensing fees as prescribed by the Council”.

Practicing licenses are renewable every three (3) years, the current renewal fee is Ten thousand five hundred naira (N10,500) only for three years, penalty of five thousand two hundred and fifty naira(N5,250) for each year of default. These fees are subject to review periodically.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWAL OF LICENCE

  • Completed Licensing form.
  • Two (2) recent identical coloured passport photographs with white background.
  • Expired licence.
  • Photocopies of certificates of registration.
  • Photocopy of certificate of attendance for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP).
  • Original evidence of Payment of N10,500 for renewal and penalty of N5,250 for each year of default on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through REMITA (TSA).

REQUIREMENTS FOR VERIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES OF REGISTRATION

  • Application stating purpose and destination of verification.
  • Completed verification form.
  • Photocopy of current license.
  • Photocopies of certificates of registration.
  • Photocopy of birth certificate.
  • Original evidence of payment of N8,750 per certificate of registration on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through REMITA (TSA).

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHENTICATION OF CERTIFICATES

  • Two (2) copies each of requirements for verification.
  • Original evidence of payment of N8,750 on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through REMITA (TSA).

NOTE: The amount covers any number of certificate(s).

REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUANCE OF LETTER OF GOOD STANDING

  • Original evidence of payment of N8,750 on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through REMITA (TSA).
  • The above requirements for verification.

CHANGE OF NAME IN THE COUNCIL’S RECORDS

The Council’s policies on change of name are as follows:

  • Change of name is allowed for married women only and this applies to change in surname only.
  • Addition or change of other names (first or middle names) is not acceptable.
  • Change of names for males is not acceptable
  • Only three consistent names in full will be acceptable for all Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria records.

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