HISTORY
The Department of Nursing Sciences started with a three year Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) programme in 1982/1983 academic session. This has fully transited to a five year Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree programme at undergraduate level and has progressed to offering Master of Science (M.Sc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes at postgraduate levels.
The 3-year post-basic programme, was offered to professional nurses. They graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing degree in three major areas – Public Health Nursing, Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. About a thousand nurses graduated from this programme. In 2006/2007 session last batch of B.Sc Nursing students graduated. The products of the department are making their marks in various agencies of the health care industry both inside and outside the country.

The B.N.Sc programme commenced in 2004/2005 academic session. Post secondary students are admitted into the programme through the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) while the direct entry candidates who enter the generic programme join in the second year thereby running a four year degree programme. The Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (B.N.Sc.) degree is awarded at the end of the five years to the students who successfully completed the programme. Moreover, the students who passed their appropriate professional examinations are certified, registered and licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to practice as Registered Nurses (RN)/Registered Midwives (RM) in Nigeria. Over the years, the number of students admitted into this programme has progressively increased and the Department can only admit less than 10% of eligible applicants.
The Department commenced the M.Sc programme in 2003/2004 session. The M.Sc and PhD programmes in six Nursing specialties –Community Health Nursing; Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Nursing Administration and Management and Nursing Education are on course in the Department. The postgraduate programmes aim at improving the competence of the professional nurse to become expert nurse researchers/practitioners in these six specialties The Academic Staff are already charting their path as experts in these specialties. Our services to communities, institutions and groups have continued to increase through our various out-reach programmes as part of students’ learning experiences. Our greatest strength lie with the youthful academic staff and support of the
foundation Heads of the Department and willing clientele.

The Department has produced three First Class Honours students since its inception The first one was in the 1988/89 graduating class - Mrs. Uduak E. Achibong from Akwa-Ibom State. The second was in the 1990/1991 graduating class – Mrs Felicia Ezenwa from Abia State. The third was in the 2006/2007 graduating class – Mrs. Jane-Lovena Onyia Pat from Enugu State.

Other milestones include: The Department in
2007, had full accreditation of her undergraduate five year generic programme by
the Nigerian University Commission (NUC).

2008, received a donation of a 35 seater Nissan Bus from the Enugu State for
community Health Outreach programmes.

2008/2009 session, graduated her first M.Sc students and commenced the PhD
programme.
2008/2009 session, the first batch of our five year generic students also graduated

2009, successful celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the inception of the Department.

2009/2010 session, the Department recorded a 100% pass in her March and May 2010 professional qualifying examinations for Midwives and General Nurses respectively conducted by the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN).

Prospects: In line with current University vision and mission statement, our Departmental vision and mission is to uplift this Department and its programmes to international standards. Therefore,
1) We have the desire and vision that the six specialty nursing units of the postgraduate programme will metamorphose into Departments which will pool to become a Faculty to join with other Faculties that we hope will spring up in the present Faculty to form a College of Health Sciences

2) Since the Staff are already charting there parts in Specialty areas, we believe that they will become consultants that will attract projects and collaborations that will boost the image of the Department, Faculty, College and the University as a whole.

3) Through academic collaboration with the clinical experts, they will improve practice.

Though these are laudable visions there are challenges that can hinder its attainment and/or threaten the established standards.

Challenges
As the Department continues to expand, the student population is increasing exponentially, over stretching the Departmental resources. Our greatest challenges are in measures to ensure that the University academic and professional standards of practice are maintained. These challenges include inadequate human/material to accommodate the increasing population of students resources

Programme Philosophy and Objectives

The department believes that:
Man, with his physical, biological, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs is the focus of all nursing activities. Health exists in a continuum ranging from wellness to illness/death, and the position of man on this continuum at any given time is a function of adaptation.

Nursing is a helping relationship in which the nursing process is a major tool for practice.

University education is essential for the growth of nursing profession and development of its member in order that the profession will keep pace with the recent rapid scientific and technological advances and progress in health care system and be able to meet the health needs of man in a holistic manner in the fast changing society.

The aim of the programme is to prepare polyvalent nurses with sound academic background in orientation, practice and research. The main objectives of the programme are to produce nurses who will:`
(i) Function effectively, independently and in collaboration with other members of health and related sectors in the care of individuals and groups in the community and health institutions.
(ii) Demonstrate advanced integrated knowledge and skills in various nursing sub-disciplines.
(iii) Utilize tenets from various related sciences to improve the art and science of nursing practice.
(iv) Bring about innovative changes in nursing education and practice through research.

Admission Requirements:
All admission is through JAMB. Candidates must possess the stipulated university minimum requirements for admission. The candidate must have at least 5 credits in WASC or its Equivalent in English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two sittings. In addition, the candidate must have a good score in JAMB UME examination.

For the Direct entry admission, requirements include 5 credits in WASC or its Equivalent in English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology obtained in not more than two sittings, plus the general nursing certificate registerable in Nigeria.

Programme Structure:
Total period spent in the course is five academic sessions which include periods of formal studies, clinical postings (practicum sessions), field experiences, planned visits and projects. Specifically, the programme structure include 15 weeks of formal classroom instruction per semester and series of clinical postings and practicum which usually start from the second year. As from the third year, students are required to spend their long vacation periods in clinical areas including hospital, communities and other health institutions for wider exposure.

Former Heads of The Department

S/N

 

NAME

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL STATUS

 

PERIOD OF DEANSHIP/HEADSHIP

 

1.

 

Prof. (Mrs.) C.B. Okafor

 

B.Sc. Nursing; MSc., Ph.D. SRN, SCM

 

Professor

 

1983-1986-Headship

1993-1995-Deanship

1995-1996-Headship

 

1995-1996 - Headship

 

2.

 

Dr. (Mrs.) G.U.

Madubuko

 

B.Sc. Nursing;,

M.Ed,  PhD

Ph.D.

 

Senior Lecturer

 

1986-1992-Headship

 

 

 

 

2002-2004 - Deanship

 

3.

 

Dr.(Mrs.)N.P. Ogbonnaya

 

B.Sc. Nursing;

M.Ed., Ph.D.

 

Senior Lecturer

 

Feb. 1993-July 2002  -  

Headship

 

4.

 

Dr. P.O. Ezenduka

 

B.Sc. Nursing;,

M.Ed., Ph.D.

 

Senior Lecturer

 

Aug. 2002-July 2004 -     

     Headship

 

5.

 

Dr.. E.I. Nwonu

 

B.Sc. Nursing;,

 M.Ed.,PGD., PhD

 

 

Senior Lecturer

 

Aug. 2004-July 2006 –

Headship

 

6.

 

Dr. (Mrs.) 1.0. Ehiemere

 

B.Sc. Nursing;

 M.Comm. Health,  PhD

Senior Lecturer

 

Aug. 2006-July, 2008

Headship

7

Dr (Mrs) I. L. Okoronkwo

B.Sc Nursing;

MBA (Mgt); Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Aug. 2008 – July, 2009

Headship

8

Mrs. A.N. Anarado

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.Sc. Nursing,

M.Sc. Nursing

Senior Lecturer

Aug 2009 - To date

Headship

 STAFF DISPOSITION

S/N

 

Name of Staff

Qualifications with dates                       

Date of 1st

Appointment

Rank on Appointment

Current Rank & Date

Area of Specialization

1

Mrs. Anarado, A.N.

M.Sc 1995

1977

Lecturer  11

Snr. Lecturer/ HOD 2004

Medical/Surgical Nursing.

2

Prof. Okafor B.C.

Ph.D 1981

01/11/65

Staff Nurse

Professor2007

Health Education.

3

Dr. (Mrs.). Madubuko G.U

Ph.D  1990

04/12/83

Lecturer  11

Snr. Lecturer1989

Nursing Administration & Planning. Health Services Management, Personnel Management.

4

Dr. (Mrs.). Ogbonnaya, N.P.

Ph.D  1990

23/09/91

Lectuer  1

Snr. Lecturer1994

Nursing Education.

5

Dr.. Nwonu E.I.

Ph.D 2009

03/03/76

Lecturer 11

Snr. Lecturer2000

Nursing Education, Health Education

6

Dr. (Mrs.) Ehiemere I.O.

Ph.D 2006

Aug,1983

Lecturer  11

Snr. Lecturer 2001

Community Health, Health Education.

7

Dr. (Mrs) Okoronkwo I.L.

Ph.D 2006

04/03/79

Lecturer  11

Snr. Lecturer2003

Nursing Administration & Management; Human Resources Mgt.

8.

Dr.  Nwaneri, A.C.

Ph.D 2001

03/07/06

Lecturer 1

Snr.Lecturer 2009

Nursing Education/Personnel Psychology

9.

Dr. ( Mrs.) Okolie,U.V

Ph.D  2009

04/10/99

Graduate Asst.

Lecturer I 2007

Human Nutrition (Clinical)

10.

Dr. (Mrs) Okpala, P.U.

Ph.D  2004

04/10/07

Lecturer 11

Lecturer 1 2007

Public Health Education.

11.

Mrs. Iheanacho, P.N.

M.Sc.

2005

01/12/93

Lecturer 11

Lecturer 1 2009

Mental Health Nursing

12.

Dr.(Mrs.) Chinweuba, A.U.

Ph.D  2008

01/11/06

Lecturer I1

Lecturer 11 2006

Maternal & Child Health Nursing

Educational Management & Policy

13

Mrs. Agbo,M.E

B.Sc

2004

2/8/06

Tutor 1

Tutor  1 2006

Nil

14

Mrs.OnyiaPat, J.E.

B.Sc

2007

29/10/08

Graduate Asst.

Graduate Asst. 2007

Nil

15

Mrs Onyenadum, N.J

LLB. (Hons)

2001

22/6/93

Con Sec.11

Prin. Con. Sec. 1

2009

Secretarial /Family Law.

16

Mr Aziama V.C

50 W.P.M

1980.

20/11/92

Typist 11

SEO (Sec) 2008

Typewriting

17

Mrs. Egenti, N.T

M.Ed

2005.

15/9/08

SEO

SEO 2008

Executive Officers /Clerical duties

18

Mr. Chioke, C.N

BSc. 2004

 

22/6/82

Lib. Porter

HEO 2004

Executive Officer/Library duties

 

19

Mrs. Emenike.C.N

SSC  1998

23/10/08

Lab. Asst.

Lab. Asst. 2008

Laboratory duties.

20

Ms. Okpalike,O

WASC

1985

20/11/08

Head Lab. Att.

Head Lab. Att. 2008.

Laboratory duties.

21

Mrs Nnaji, E.C.

FSLC

1984

11/11/92

Cleaner/Messenger

Chief Cl/ Messenger 2008

Cleaning/Messenger duties

22

Mrs Nnochiri,D.

NECO/GCE

2008

1/2/05

Cleaner/Messenger

Head Cl/Messenger

2009

Cleaning/Messenger duties.



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