The first edition of the National Drug Dosage Calculation Competition for Nurses (NDDCCN) has come and gone but the indelible marks left remains evergreen.

NDDCCN is an initiative of the Global Impact Health Initiative (GiHi). The initiative seeks to provide specific solutions to identified problems or challenges in patient care and safety.

This competition is aimed at helping nurses to improve their knowledge and skills on drug dosage calculation. Knowing the peculiar role of nurses in drug administration, the competition is a wake up call to the nursing community in Nigeria to do everything possible to develop interest in nursing calculations thus improving the quality of care given to patients.

A total of 230 nurses (staff and students) registered for the competition. All six geopolitical zones were well represented.
170 of the registered participants sat for the First stage of the examination- online computer-based test (CBT). The cut off mark was 70%, and only 38 participants passed, hence qualifying for the second stage. A clear observation was made in the sharp drop of the participants from 170 to 38, which further validates the need for nurses to acquire relevant knowlege and get motivated to improve their skills on drug dosage calculation.

In the second stage of the examination, 5 out of the 38 participants qualified for the grand finale. The five candidates are: Oladimeji Victor, Akinola Lurogho, Gbodi Damilola, Owoade Oluwasegun and Kayode Abolarin.
Three winners emerged after the grand finale. Oladimeji Victor, a nursing student from the School of Nursing, University College Hospital, came FIRST. Akinola Lurogho, a nurse intern and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, came SECOND. Gbodi Damilola, a nursing student from the department of nursing, Osun State University, came THIRD.

The first prize was awarded a gift of #40,000 plus a textbook on drug dosage calculation.
The second prize was awarded a gift of #20,000 plus a textbook on drug dosage calculation.
The third prize was awarded a gift of #10,000 plus a textbook on drug dosage calculation.

Here the participants speak.

“I am happy to be a part of this competition because it has really impacted so much knowledge in me….. Thanks to all the administrators, technical crew, and the facilitator of this initiative. It’s been wonderful all the way. And also to my co-contestants, I won’t but say a big thank you for a healthy competition all through. Thank you all.”

“I’m so glad I participated in the maiden edition of this completion. While ultimate thank goes to the Almighty Father Jehovah, special thanks go to the technical team and the organising team. Kudos to all participants too for the courage, interest and determination. Meet shall meet at the top.”

“I celebrate God for the opportunity to participate in this competition, may His name be praised. My sincere gratitude goes to the organizers of this competition…. Indeed nursing is safe in your hands! To my fellow colleagues,it’s nice meeting you, we shall meet at the top.”

The organizer of this competition, Nurse Ogunlabi David, expresses his unreserved appreciation to God and the hardworking team who worked tirelessly and sacrificially to make this competition a huge success:

“Nurse Olawoore Samuel (the graphics designer), Nurse Popoola Tolu (the technical officer and adviser), Nurse Ogunlabi Adeyemi (co-organizer) and NURSES GOT TALENT (one of the organizations that partnered with us for sponsorship), thank you so much. I must not end this write up without acknowledging Dr. Mrs Roselyn Ilesanmi (a senior lecturer in the department of Nursing, University of Ibadan). This competition wouldn’t have ended so well without her great suppports, both financially and morally. And to all the participants, thanks for the courage and determination. The future of Nursing in Nigeria is bright.”

This competition will be a yearly national contest, and we encourage nurses all over Nigeria to be a part of it. Therefore, anticipate for the next edition of this competition later this year.

Congratulations to the winners.

FNA News