The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN) has inducted 77 graduands from the department of Nursing Sciences, University of Jos.
Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, the Registrar/Secretary General of the Council, administered the oath of office on the inductees on Monday in Jos.
Abubakar, who was represented by Mr Yahaya Summi, Director of Protocol of the council, tasked the inductees on professionalism and service to humanity.
The Registrar, who decried the huge exit of professional nurses from country yearly in search for greener pasture abroad, advised the inductees to collaborate with other health professionals in the cause of their duties.
”The essence of today’s event is to ensure your transformation from being students to professional nurses.
”I advice you to discharge your duties professionally and in accordance with the ethics of the nursing profession; ensure you work in synergy with other health professionals and be open to learning new things.
”Do not cut corners, because anyone caught in the act will not be spared,” he warned.
Abubakar thanked the university and the lecturers of the department for their commitment to duty and producing quality graduates.
Earlier, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, the Vice of the University, represented by Prof. Simon Yiltok, the Provost, College of Medicine, said that the nursing department was established in 2003 and had since then churned out quality nurses who are contributing toward the growth of the health sector.
He added that the department was the first baccalaureate nursing programme in North-Central region of the country, created to offer nursing care that is based on theoretical and clinical skills acquired.
The vice chancellor expressed deep commitment of the management of the University to channel huge resources towards ensuring that the department thrives on quality.
”To this end, the university has demonstrated greater commitment to this programme by acquiring equipment and items worth millions of naira that culminated in its award of full accreditation status,” he said.
Ishaya advised the inductees to shun all sharp practices and be good ambassadors of the university at all times.
Presenting the graduands for induction, Dr Abayomi Ogunyewo, the Head of Department, Nursing Sciences, maintained that the inductees are thorough-breed, adding that they could compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
”This department has produced more than 10 streams of nursing graduates who are doing well in their respective areas of endeavours.
”Today, we are churning out another wonderful set of graduands who will make us proud out there,” he said.
He apologised to the graduands for the delay in their graduation, adding that it was caused by reasons beyond the control of the university.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nurse Jennifer Obichukwu emerged the best graduating student of the set.