I wish to refer to the Circular Ref. NO. HCSF/EPO/EIR/CND/100/ST of 27th September, 2016 on Nurses Career progression and recognition of all Nurses as "Nursing Officer". 2. Please be informed/notified that Nigerian Registered Nurse (NRN) and Nigerian Registered Midwife (NRM) wishing to progress beyond CONHESS 12, in the profession, in the Civil Service of the Federation must acquire Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree (BNSc.) from accredited Universities approve to offer degree in Nursing programme.
In the light of the above, the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 54th Meeting has directed as follows:
(i) That first degree in Nursing is the minimum qualification for any Nurse to be promoted to a Directorate Cadre. Hence, Registered Nurses and Midwives who want to move to directorate level must have a first degree in Nursing.
(ii) Staff employed for professional nursing positions in your establishment who are holders of Bachelor of Nursing Sciences Degree from accredited Universities must also possess a minimum of Registered Nurse Certificate (RN) and be licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria before he/she can be engaged to practice nursing in Nigeria.
3. It is pertinent to ensure the original certificates of all professional and academic qualifications are presented and scrutinized during recruitment and promotion exercises. Where in doubt of the certificate/registration of the officer, the Council will be willing to verify such certificate/registration at the approved cost.
4. Please bring the content of this Circular to the attention of all concerned and other employers of labour in your domain.
Please accept the assurances of my highest regards.
Faruk Umar Abubakar PhD, RN, FWACN
Secretary – General/Registrar