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The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has introduced a 2year Nursing program with reduced entry requirement that makes it easier for Students who studied Art and Commercial courses in secondary school to join the Nursing workforce Nursesarena.com has learnt.

In a circle dated the 3rd of March, 2020, addressed to all Nursing Stakeholders in Nigeria and sighted by Nursesarena, the newly introduced Nursing program dubbed Community Nursing is aimed at producing competent manpower in Primary Healthcare Centres in furtherance to the attainment of the health related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria.

Entry requirement for the program is four O level credits in Biology, English Language and any two other subjects.

Below is the content of the circular:

The Council is aware of the gross shortage of human resources for health at the community level occasioned by mass migration of nurses to urban areas and other countries with the resultant weakening of the primary health care system and poor access to health care by rural dweller in the country

In order to close this gap and to further accelerate the achievement of the health related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria. The Council is Introducing Community Nursing programme to meet the health care needs of the rural and hard to reach areas

The program is designed to produce competent lower cadre Nursing Practitioners who would be at the forefront to implement nursing and health care services at the grass root towards meeting the healthcare needs of the rural and hard to reach communities in Nigeria.
The Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its emergency meeting held in February, 2020 had approved the introduction of Community Nursing programme in Nursing training Institutions.

Admission into the programme is a Senior Secondary School certificate with at least four credits which must include Biology, English Language and any other two subjects at not more than two sittings. Upon successful completion of the two-year Community Nursing Programme, the student shall be registered as a Lcensed Community Nurse (LCN) by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to practice as a Community Nurse in Homes, Primary Health Care Centres and communities in Nigeria. Career progression is same for Community Midwifery.

Kindly indicate your interest to participate in the programme to enable the Council give you approval on admission quota base on physical and human resources capacity available in your institution.

Thank you for your support in maintaining and promoting Nursing Education and Practice in Nigeria.

Signed by Registrar Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar

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