THE Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) on Wednesday inducted 72 nursing graduates of the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo, into the profession.
The Registrar of the council, Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, who administered the oath of practice on the inductees, charged them to learn from experienced nurses in the field and accept corrections to improve themselves.
Abubakar, who was represented by a senior staff in the council, Mr Adamu Aliu, said such learning would help the inductees to grow as seasoned nurses that the society need.
He also called on them to adhere to the ethics of the profession at all time.
In her induction lecture, Prof. Mary Mgbekem of the University of Calabar, advised the new nurses to always exhibit competence, proficiency and good attitude in their practice.
Mgbekem said that nursing training helped to make a global impact in healthcare service delivery.
The don urged the inducted graduates to have a voice as they proceed to the outside world.
In his opening remark, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, Vice-Chancellor of the university, charged the inductees to be good ambassadors of their alma mater.
Ezemonye, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Raphael Adeghe, described a nurse as a licenced healthcare professional that play vital role in the healthcare system of any nation.
He said this role alluded to the cliché within the medical circle that “save one life, you are a hero; save a hundred lives, you are a nurse”.
Ezemonye identified some of the challenges of nursing practice in Nigeria as increased number of critically ill patients, increased healthcare expenses, and increased deficit in nursing staff and nurse educators.
The vice-chancellor said the university, in the past years, had embraced inter-professional educational models in the training of her students to bridge some of the identified gaps.
“All our students are well integrated into the use of computers and entrepreneurial studies for the purpose of sustainability in their profession,” he said. (NAN)