The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeri3 (Council) is a parastatal of the Federal Government, established by the Nursing and Midwifery Registration etc. Act. Cap. No.143, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. The council is a body charged with the responsibility of regulating nursing and midwifery education and practice in its entire ramifications in Nigeria.
As part of its statutory activities, the council organized the biennial conference for Nurse Leaders in Nigeria from 28th March to 2nd April, 2022. The conference brought together Nurse Leaders from both public and private sectors to discuss current challenges and developments that affect nursing education and practice and to articulate the way forward in confronting these challenges.
The theme of the conference is "Rebranding Nursing for Professional Ascendancy and Consumers' Satisfaction: The Role of Nurse Leaders".
The opening ceremony of the conference was graced by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad, the Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, and Registrars of health regulatory bodies. Others are past chairmen of governing boards and registrars of the council, serving and past presidents of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NAN NM), development partners among other dignitaries.
There were four sub-themes related to the theme and eleven paper presentations. The target audience were:
· Head of Nursing in various institutions such as Head of Health facilities
· Leaders in academia from professional level of directorate cadre
· All Nurse Leaders in the directorate cadre across the federation.
A total of four hundred and thirty-nine (439) participants attended the programme, and it lasted for four days.
A communique was also drawn for the improvement of nursing profession in Nigeria in line with global best practices.