Precedential to the recent circular released by the Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council (Ref:N&MCN/SG/RO/CIR/24/VOL.4/152) dated 6th March 2020 commencing a new program called Licensed Community Nursing.
This circular has thrown the Nursing Community into a state of confusion.
Understanding of the subject matter is very important in this article.
It was stated in paragraph 4 of the circular that the Licensed Community Nurse (LCN) will be regulated by nursing council unlike the CHEW, CHO, JCHEW that ingratiate their practice. Most nurses don’t want to work in rural areas reason because the salary structure is not robust enough, the university graduate nurses aimed working in a higher institutions won’t do same.
CHEWS, CHO, JCHEW are manning the Nigeria primary health centers, the N&MCN are creating another level of nurses as it is in other country and there should be no need for vindictive vendetta actions by Nurses.
Other countries has ,CRNA, LPN, VPN, RN then associate nurse.
In Nigeria, there is only have RN and B.NSc there is need to bridge the gab between the PHCs and nurses in Nigeria.
The Public health nurses want to work with NGO’s and organizations such as WHO, UNICEF.
Even when some Nurses are employed in this Primary Health centres, it is very predictable and assuring they are leaving and migrating out soonest the moment an opportunity arises.
According to N&MCN officials interviewed by our correspondence, the Licensed Community Nurses will be those leaving in that very community and they will be trained to take care of their community Primary Health Centers and, report to the Nurses. Isn’t this beautiful and awesome….?
This set of LCN, will be employed by their local government and paid by their local government where they hail from.
In conclusion, there is no need for rufo rufo, the idea on inaugurating Licensed Community Nursing will also bring an end to quackery in Nigeria as Every child out there who can’t afford the excess tuition fee thus seeing patronizing private institution as an option, can now settled for LCN.
I wish the Nigeria Nurses can see the positivity in this development.
See the circular by the NMCN below:
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