The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, on Tuesday, in Zaria, inducted 162 graduates of the 2019/2020 academic session of the Department of Nursing Science, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
The Secretary-General and Registrar of the Council, Dr Faruk Abubakar, while administering the oath at the induction, tasked the graduands to adhere to the ethics of the profession, display humility and honesty in the cause of their duties.
Abubakar said the occasion was aimed at celebrating the graduands’ transition from being nursing students to graduates and registered nurses.
“After the induction, your name would be entered into the register of the Council and you will henceforth be addressed as a “Nurse” with the title Registered Nurse (RN) after your name.
“As registered nurses, you have attained a high standard of education with clinical skills that will enable you to render safe and effective health care.
“You will be fully accountable for your own decisions, actions and attitude; you are going to perform nursing skills in a variety of health care settings therapeutically assisting individuals, families and communities with diverse backgrounds,” he said.
He, therefore, advised the graduands on the need to understand the psychosocial and physical factors involved in alleviating suffering, promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
The Registrar also encouraged the graduands to explore available opportunities to acquire higher degrees in nursing.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Kabiru Bala, ably represented by the Provost of the College, Prof. Mohammed Shehu, affirmed that the oath-taking ceremony was aimed at committing the graduands to service for humanity.
Similarly, Dr. Dalhatu Sani, Head, Department of Nursing Science, said the department graduated over 200 students in the 2019/2020 academic session.
According to him, two students graduated with First Class, 90 obtained Second Class Upper, while 16 graduated with third-class honours, in addition to 11 PhD students and 31 master’s students.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of gifts to the best graduating students.