Health Carousel Foundation Sponsors Nigerian Nurse Educator Scholarships
Abuja, NGA (March 22, 2023) – The National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) has acquired funding for scholarships to develop nurse educators within the country. This initiative which is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, aims to support and empower Colleges of Nursing Education and improve the staff strength of the institution. Only staff already in such schools should apply. Recipients of the awards must be an employee of such Nursing training institutions who will receive funding to complete an accepted educational program required to register with the Council as Educators. Funding for the program comes from the U.S.-based nonprofit Health Carousel Foundation.
Applicants must be graduate nurses licensed with the Council and qualify for entry into a Professional Diploma in Education (PDE), Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), or Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE) from an approved partner Nigerian higher education institution. After completing the program, applicants must work as nurse educators for two years. Applicants must not have access to other education funding sources, such as through their employer.
Additionally, selection preference will be given to nurses already working in the capacity of clinical instructors or preceptors in the College of Nursing institutions and meet the position standards set forth by the Council in 2018.
The first cohort opportunity will be given to Clinical Instructors and Preceptors working at schools in NANNNA collaborating states (Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Edo, Imo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Ekiti). To become eligible for this scholarship, Candidates must first apply and be granted admission into a 12-month PDE, PGDE, or PGDNE certificate program. The Council will publish a list of acceptable schools for these admissions. Application for the scholarship will be accepted until April 14, 2023. The Council and NANNNA representatives will review all applications and announce the scholarship recipients by May 2023.
"Although NANNNA members live and practice nursing in the USA, we have not forgotten our Nigerian nursing roots," stated Mrs. Izoduwa Asoro, NANNNA Executive Director. "Our members visit Nigeria frequently and stay connected with the nursing community. We recognize their needs regarding healthcare issues and are grateful to have found a partner with the Health Carousel Foundation to help us to meaningfully contribute to the Council's nursing reform agenda in Nigeria."
This program has received strong support and is only possible through coordinated efforts with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
"There is a need for better trained and additional numbers of nurses in Nigeria," stated Dr. Faruk Umar Abubakar, Secretary-General and Registrar of NMCN. "There is also an opportunity for Nigerian nurses to rise to become the best nursing workforce worldwide. But we need to elevate the standards of teaching and the number of students graduating each year to reach this goal. We hold this opportunity in our own hands."
Andrew Lingo, director of ethical recruitment and workforce sustainability with Health Carousel and executive director of their namesake foundation, worked closely with NANNNA and the Council and approved the grant to fund the scholarships.
Application forms for this nurse educator scholarship program are available online at https://fs25.formsite.com/hcllcusa/nmcn_scholarship/index and on the NANNNA website at https://nannna.nursingnetwork.com/nannna-programs-in-nigeria/nurse-educator-scholarship.
Applications remain open through April 14, 2023.
About the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) is the sole governing body that regulates all cadres of nurses and midwives in Nigeria. It was established by government decree in 1979, and re- established as a parastatal by the government of Nigeria by Act Cap. No 143 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. It is the only legal, administrative, corporate and statutory body charged with the performance of specific functions on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the delivery of safe and effective Nursing and Midwifery care to the public through quality education and best practices. The Council has its headquarters in Abuja with 16 zonal offices across the country. To learn more about NMCN, visithttps://www.nmcn.gov.ng/.
About the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA)
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) is a united organization representing all Nigerian nursing associations and nursing school alums in North America. We are a community of an estimated 6,000 nurses of Nigerian origin in the Americas. We are a unified force to improve the nursing profession and patient care for both American and Nigerian citizens. To learn more about NANNA, visithttps://nannna.nursingnetwork.com.