The Nursing Education Department (NED) came into existence in the year 2001. Hitherto, the schools offering nursing programmes in the University College Hospital, Ibadan had been in existence and functioning independently before the creation of this department.
At inception the schools in existence were:
- School of Nursing – (Basic Training)
- School of Midwifery (post basic training)
- Perioperative Nursing School (post basic training)
In 2005, Occupational Health Nursing School (the 1st in West African Sub-region) was established by the Management of UCH making the total number of schools under the department as of today to four (4). Other Specialty (post basic) nursing programmes that are in the pipeline include Paediatric Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing (which would be another 1st in Nigeria and possibly West Africa), Oncology Nursing, ENT Nursing and Nephrology Nursing.
STATUS: The Schools in NED presently run diploma based Nursing Programmes at basic (General Nursing) and post- basic (Specialty Nursing) levels.
OBJECTIVES: At the commencement of the department, the objectives for establishing her include;
- To identify other post-basic nursing programmes that can be commenced in the UCH apart from the existing one.
- To ensure that the existing programmes are operating at acceptable standards in line with the vision and mission of the UCH.
- To ensure that the programmes meet the accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and other regulatory bodies.
In 2016 looking at the current development in nursing and in conformity with the vision and mission of UCH, the focus and mission of the department was revisited to re-strategize her for better performance and accomplishment of goals. This produced our new statements of vision, mission, motto and core values which we summarized with a logo depicting who we are and what we aim to be.
VISION: To ensure sustainability of excellence in training of qualitative and versatile nurses and build leaders for nursing and the nation.
- Provide enabling and conducive environment that foster qualitative and polyvalent nursing education.
- Promote standardization of School Curriculum.
- Promote advancement of nursing knowledge base through research activities among teachers and students.
- Ensure staff development through facilitation of sponsorship for training programmes.
- Facilitating intra and inter-departmental collaboration in bringing theory – practice gap.
- Ensure maintenance of ethical professional conduct among nurses through inter-departmental collaboration.
MOTTO: “Education for excellence in practice”
- We strive to be the best in education and practice.
- We move every block of learning with a wide view of the future of nursing.
- We inspire our students and teachers to become leaders in their chosen fields.
- We are best when are students are first.
- To promote conducive environment that will enhance development of quality training and research.
- To ensure commitment to developing professional nurses that will be equipped with nursing knowledge and skills for therapeutic, preventive and promotive care in collaboration with other health professionals and taking on leadership roles.
- To inspire teachers and students in the development of knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of excellent, effective and acceptable health care to individuals and communities.
- Contributing to the existing body of knowledge in nursing practice.
- Meeting manpower need of health care delivery system in Nigeria through advocating for establishment of relevant training schools to facilitate specialization in nursing
Admissions into the schools under NED follow the same pattern and it is based strictly on merit and excellent performance of the eligible candidates. The process starts with advertisements in the daily papers inviting prospective and interested individuals who possess the required pre-requisite to purchase the forms from the various schools of their interest. These candidates then sit for a competitive entrance examination. That is followed by another rigorous selection interview consisting of writing quiz, essay and oral interview, following which candidates are selected based on their performance during the admission procedures. The number selected finally by each school is determined by the approved intake for the School by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The four schools presents their students for the final qualifying examination of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria every year and it is heartwarming to note that the schools usually score between 94% and 100% in the various examinations, so much so that the N&MCN has commended the schools for their performance. The products of all the schools are found working in various areas of health care delivery institutions and related services and are making their marks in holding various positions of responsibility and authority in nursing profession and other disciplines all over the world.
FORMER AND PRESENT HEADS OF DEPARTMENT: Much of the achievements of this young department can be alluded to the efforts of her past leaders and the support they enjoyed from the management of UCH over the years.
- Lillian U. Aneni – 1st HOD/ Assistant Director (Nursing Education) – April – July, 2001.
- Stella A. Babalola – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – June, 2002 – April, 2008
- Christiana A. Owopetu – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – April 2008 – October, 2009.
- Iyabo O. Afolabi – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – October 2009 – June, 2011.
- Abosede F. Jinadu – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – July 2011 – February, 2014
- Taiwo A. Otufale – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – February – March, 2014
- Fehintola A. Ogunde – HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Education) – April, 2014 – December, 2015.
- Moronke O. Awodiya – Current HOD/Deputy Director (Nursing Training) – January, 2016 till date..
SCHOOL OF MIDWIFERY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, IBADAN
INTRODUCTION: A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a programme of instructions in midwifery, duly registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to practice as a professional midwife providing health care in all areas of clinical practice such as the home, community, clinics and other health care institutions. By this education and competence, the practitioner is able to make independent judgment, manage normal pregnancy, labour and pueperium, provide appropriate care including family planning recognize deviations from normal, manage emergencies and make prompt referrals to appropriate levels of health care
The School of Midwifery, University College Hospital, Ibadan was founded on October 10, 1957 with motto “Excellence in midwifery Education”.
This school provides a one and a half year (18 months) programme, which will prepare the Registered Nurse to qualify and be licensed as a Registered Midwife by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of
Nigeria (NMCN). To this end, the practice of midwifery is maintained at an internationally recognized standard, and its curriculum planned and implemented to meet the needs of West African sub-region particularly Nigeria. The school has graduated 2,509 midwives to date
SCHOOL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING
The School of Occupational Health Nursing (SOHN), University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan started following the vision of the nursing education department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan in line with the objectives for which the hospital was established which among others is to train and develop the capacity of health care practitioners. Occupational health in general and as a specialty has not received much attention in Nigeria hence the UCH in line with her motto took up the responsibility of establishing training school for nurses who will specialize in providing health care service to facilitate the promotion of occupational health in Nigeria.
The Nursing Education Department of the UCH, Ibadan under the headship of Mrs. S. A. Babalola constituted a committee of experienced nurse and midwife educators that developed a comprehensive curriculum for occupational health nursing for a period of 12 calendar months. The school with the motto “Work, safety and Health “ was given a provisional approval to commence the post basic Occupational Health Nursing course with effect from January, 2005
The school however admitted her first set of students on 4th October, 2005. They comprised of sixteen Registered nurses drawn from all over Nigeria. To date the school has produced 185 Occupational health nurses duly registered and licensed by the N&MCN. The products of the school following success at the final qualifying examination of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are registered and licensed to practice as Registered Occupational Health Nurses (ROHN)
PERIOPERATIVE NURSING SCHOOL
Perioperative Nursing School, University College Hospital, Ibadan is one of the five post basic schools in Nigeria. Motto is aptly stated as “Excellence and Integrity in Surgical Care”
The school with the motto “Excellence and integrity in Surgical Care” was established as a result of the need for specialty areas in the provision of quality nursing care to individuals requiring operative treatments.
Although the school commenced earlier, it was formally approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria on the 11th of June, 1990. The course is a twelve month calendar programme from mid-November of a year to the next November and it runs in semesters. The school has recorded tremendous progress in the fulfillment of the set objectives.
The school has graduated 904 Registered perioperative nurses since inception who are managers in various operating rooms in the nation and world wide.
SCHOOL OF NURSING, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, IBADAN
The School of Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan, is the premier nursing School for the training of nurses, which was established in July, 1952, in her temporary site at Eleiyele. It then moved to the present site in 1957 after the opening of the 1st Nigerian University Teaching Hospital in Ibadan. It started with only twelve students. The school with the motto “To Conserve Life, To Promote Health, To Alleviate Suffering” became the flagship of Nursing Education in Nigeria at her commissioning is still judged the best in Nigeria by the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN, 2012)
The School comprises of hostels with capacity for accommodating about 550 students, classroom blocks with facilities for practical demonstration, group tutorials, computer laboratory and a library. The school presently is running General Nursing Education under a Diploma Based programme.
Although, an integral part of the hospital, the School of Nursing is a distinct educational establishment in which the nursing students live and to which they belong throughout their course of training. The school has hitherto graduated 5295 registered nurses since inception