Nurses under the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have protested in Abuja, over the newly implemented verification guidelines by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
The aggrieved nurses, who took thier protest to the NMCN headquarters on Monday, accused the council of strangulating their career aspirations with the “stringent and unnecessary” rules. They held placards with inscriptions such as “No to verification rules!” and “Address nurses’ welfare.”
Their anger was due a circular released by the NMCN on February 7th, outlining revised guidelines for requesting certificate verification for nurses seeking employment abroad. The new rules mandate a minimum of two years post-qualification experience, a letter of good standing from the applicant’s employer and training institution, and a processing time of at least six months.
The circular signed by the Registrar of the council, Dr Faruk Abubakar, read in part, “A non-refundable fee per application shall be paid for verification to foreign boards of nursing as specified on the portal. This shall cover the cost of courier services to the applicant’s institution(s) of training, place of work, and foreign board.
“Eligible applicants must have a minimum of two years post qualification experience from the date of issuance of the permanent practicing licence. Any application with a provisional licence shall be rejected outright.
“The council shall request a letter of good standing from the chief executive officer of the applicant’s place(s) of work and the last nursing training institution attended and responses on these shall be addressed directly to the Registrar/CEO, NMCN. Please note that the council shall not accept such letter(s) through the applicant.”
It added that the implementation of the guidelines takes effect from March 1, 2024.