The Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria put smiles on the faces of Nigerian Nurses yesterday after the release of the circular mandating all nursing post basic schools to be upgraded to post graduate colleges for the award of masters specialities in nursing. This is coming after years of agitations by various nursing bodies both in Nigeria and in diaspora.
The circular, dated 11th of February 2018 With reference number N&MCN/EDU/CIR/44/VOL.1 /43 signed by the council registrar Read thus;

“The nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria after due approval from the governing board at the 47th annual meeting held in Abuja on 18th – 20th December 2018 is embarking on restructuring of current post basic nursing program Into post graduate programs. This part of the nursing education reform is geared towards ensuring that graduates of this program are awarded commensurate academic certificates. This will pave way for our career progression in line with conventional system of education in Nigeria as well as promote satisfaction among professionals.
In line with the above, please note the following blueprints and time lines to guide your further actions.
1. All current hospital based nursing speciality program should be affiliated to or assimilated into their parent universities and be operated as either Postgraduate Diploma or master Program in Nursing specialities.

The council hereby appeals to all proprietors of post basic nursing speciality programs to engage with their parent universities and work out modalities for a smooth transition and reform into the new structure.
Thank you for supporting the council to promote and maintain excellence in nursing and midwifery education and practice”.

Speaking with FNA correspondent, a senior officer at the NMCN office Abuja confirms this development, according to him the implication of this reform is that all post basic nursing specialities program will be affiliated into postgraduate programs for the award of masters academic certificates. This will aid career progression as well as fulfilment and satisfaction for the graduates of such programs.

Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology will be one of the leading universities embracing this progressive development. Speaking on the reform, the Dean of the newly created faculty of nursing sciences, Prof Ajibade has said modalities are on ground to start post graduate programs. According to him
“We are seriously working on modalities to kick start these program as fast as possible, it will be designed in a way that if you have your first degree in nursing, you can enrol into our school of post graduate program and have your masters in Anaesthesia, ENT, Mental health, Perioperative nursing and so on.

This is yet another milestone in the development of nursing education reform since the current council registrar assumed office.

Oluwatosin K. Odunayo,

FNA News

Updated: February 14, 2019 — 1:01 pm

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Oluwatosin Kehinde

Born some decades ago, Odunayo is one of the Young but inspiring Nigerian Nurses making strategic waves in the 21st century Nursing profession. To many, Nursing is a calling, but to Nrs. Kethz as fondly called by friends, Nursing is by birth as he was born and bred in the family of Nurses. Growing up this way exposed him to the many challenges of Nurses at an early stage of life and he decided to change the narative by choosing Nursing as a career as against medicine his dad wanted him to study. During his early academic years, he was an active member of the press club, mentored by great writers and journalists before he later won the award of the "BEST NEWS CASTER OF THE YEAR". He's the Editor-in-chief, Nigerian Nursing Times, Nigerian first ever digital Nursing magazine which is also a publication of Fellow Nurses Africa. Oluwatosin Kehinde is a social media health influencer, motivational speaker, life coach, writer, author, Nurse-Journalist and Registered Nurse. As a blogger, he blogs at, he holds a bachelor's degree of Nursing science from the prestigious Ladoke Akintola University Of Techonology Ogbomosho , Oyo State , Nigeria. He's told his colleagues to address him simply as the FATHER OF MODERN NURSING severally but they wouldn't listen. He therefore settles for the Editor in chief/CEO Follow Nurses Africa.


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  1. That’s a very welcomed development in nursing, but what about those with only RN and RM or both, what becomes their fate?

  2. I am a nurse by profession, currently in staff in medical intensive care unit in Ethiopia at worabe hospital Africa Ethiopia .I have done one already in Bsc nurse and now I am looking for sponsorship for masters in intensive care unit/oncology . How can I be assisted with the scholarship?

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