The National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America(NANNNA) announced that 19 nurses working in Nigeria will receive scholarships towards coursework, enabling them to become nurse educators registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). NMCN also approves this initiative which aims to support and empower colleges of nursing education and improve the staff strength of the institutions.
The nineteen students will be studying at seven universities across Nigeria:
· University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State
· University of Uyo
· Obafemi Awolowo University
· Nwafor Orizu College of Education
· National Open University in Abuja, Edo, and Ondo states
The list of recipients and the schools of attendance are detailed below.
National Open University, Abuja State State
Uchechi Better Onua (Nee Anyaocha)
National Open University, Edo State
Agho, Jemima Ayiri
Asani Omosede Peace
Nwogu Ifeyinwa Pascaline
National Open University, Ondo State
Taiwo Sanusi Adeola
Nwafor Orizu College Of Education, Anambra State
Okafor Obianuju Makuochukwu (Nee Ezeokeke)
Okoroikpa Miracle Ijeoma
Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State
Adebola Bolarinwa Arike
Fatanmi Similoluwa Judith
University Of Medical Sciences, Ondo State
Aladenola Folasade Fehintola
Dare Olanike Temitayo
Oladimeji-Olotu Racheal Bosede
Taiwo Olajumoke Abosede
University Of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Ekeno Emmanuel Jacob
Eno-Abasi Nkereuwem Obot
Mbetobong Monday Udoidiong
Utoro Paulinus Akpan
Uyama Udoreyin Asukwo
The scholarship recipients were selected based on their current nursing education involvement, future commitment to this role, and economic need. These recipients in this pilot program must also serve the nursing school students in Nigerian states where NANNNA has formed working partnerships. NANNNA, NMCN, and the foundation will evaluate the results of this initial program and determine how to proceed, which may include broadening eligibility to additional Nigerian states.
Enrollment in the programs begins in June and July. Completing the students' nursing educator capstone programs is expected to take12 months.
Remedying The Global Nursing Shortage
In Nigeria, not unlike most of the world, a chronic shortage of nurse educators exacerbates the global nursing shortage that amounts to more than a 10 million headcount shortfall, even by modest estimates. The World Health Organization estimates as many as 13 million more nurses are needed. Programs like this, supported by Health Carousel Foundation, aim to address the global nursing crisis.