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“Withdraw circular on certificate verification immediately” ABUTH nurses tell nursing council.

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The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria, has expressed concerns regarding the revised verification guidelines issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) on February 7, 2024.

The circular, designated as N&MCN/SG/RO/MH/14/VOL.1/40, sparked an outcry among Nigerian nurses and called for rectification.

The focal point of contention was guideline number four, which mandated nurses to obtain a letter of good standing from their Chief Executive, typically a medical doctor, as part of the verification process. The nursing community argued that this requirement not only undermined their professional autonomy but also neglectes their distinct legal status as a profession.

Also, the extension of the verification process to a minimum duration of six months was deemed unacceptable by the nursing community. They argued that such a prolonged timeframe contradicted practices in other jurisdictions and failed to acknowledge technological advancements that could streamline the process.

In response to the revised guidelines, the nursing body in ABUTH issued series of demands to the NMCN, including an immediate withdrawal of the circular in question.

Reinstatement of the previous guidelines, which had been proven effective and satisfactory.

Provision of verification services at no cost to nurses, aligning with practices observed in other jurisdictions where professional dues contribute to such services.

The statement signed by Emmanuel Murya Dangure, the Unit Secretary, on Friday, concluded with an appeal for prompt attention and response from the authorities as the nursing community awaits further developments.

 

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