Nnamdi Azikiwe University offers a five-year undergraduate programme leading to Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science (BNSc). The programme discusses basic Nursing Philosophy, basic health needs, Nursing processes, disease prevention among others. The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCM) is the Regulatory body that controls the training and practice of these nurses.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING SCIENCE
The philosophy of the Department of Nursing Science of Nnamdi Azikiwe University is derived from the philosophy of the University and the philosophy of the nursing profession that focus on quality services to humanity.
The Nursing Science programme of Nnamdi Azikiwe University is anchored on a strong theoretical foundation of liberal and professional education leading to a Bachelors degree and providing the basis for clinical skills development and evidence – based practice with commitment to lifetime continuing professional development.
The Department of Nursing recognizes the bio – psychosocial (holistic) nature of man and that health is a fundamental human right of every individual, irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, tribe or social status hence there should be reasonable access to comprehensive quality health care services for all. The department further appreciates that health and wellness is a continuum with an imperative for holistic nursing care for clients.
The Department further believes in the provision of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care services that are relevant to the health care needs of individuals, families and communities, recognizing the current societal demands for quality health care requiring dynamic and innovative approaches to the preparation of prospective nursing professionals.
The Department assumes full responsibility for developing and administering with best practices a curriculum that guides, encourages, stimulates and challenges the student in problem – solving and analysis, while recognizing his/her goals and learning needs with due appreciation of the ever -changing health care needs of the society.
The Department believes that a health team in which the individual, the family and the community play significant roles is the most effective approach to promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. It recognizes that nursing involves the ability to assess health care situations, make decisions, develop, implement and evaluate plan of comprehensive care together with individuals, families and communities in collaboration with other members of the health team.
The Department believes that skillful professional nursing practice is an art based on time – tested scientific knowledge from physical and bio – psychosocial sciences. The department is therefore committed to the preparation of polyvalent nursing professionals capable of providing comprehensive health care services as members of the health team to individuals, families and communities where they live and work with their full participation as appropriate.
THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAMME
The Nursing Science programme is an integrated educational programme for the purpose of preparing nursing professionals capable of providing general nursing, midwifery and community health nursing services including psychiatry on graduation and able to pursue higher degree programme in nursing. They should articulate the attributes and capabilities required of anybody having such qualifications.
MISSION AND VISION: Same with that of the university