NURSING INTERNSHIP IN NIGERIA - What You Must Know

.NURSING INTERNSHIP IN NIGERIA - What You Must Know
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The Nursing Internship is a paid one year work-in-training programme put together to enable University Graduate Nurses match their theoretical and clinical knowledge with practical Nursing Tasks and practices in a hospital setting.

▪BENEFITS OF INTERNSHIP
-provide interns with the chance to use thorough clinical judgement and critical thinking skills throughout patient care process
▪it afford interns the opportunity to implement learned knowledge and behaviours into real -world scenarios
▪To collaborate in care services across multiple healthcare departments.
▪it afford Interns the opportunity for self development through improvement of communication skills, building confidence and gaining new perspectives.
▪Opportunities to partake in quality care initiatives.
▪it helps interns develop delegation and time management abilities
▪provide an insight of what the future jobs entail.
▪Nursing internship enhance leadership skills in management of conflict resolution and ethical issues.

▪WHO SHOULD GO FOR INTERNSHIP?
Nursing internship is a Programme specially designed for University graduate nurses for a period of Twelve months to enable them have exposure and opportunity to implement the learnt theoretical knowledge on real life scenarios.
The program afford university graduates an opportunity to gain mastery,gather experience, get exposure to real life scenarios and give them an insight on career path..

Unlike the School of Nursing graduates, the University graduate Nurse must complete this programme before they can have access to a permanent licence to practice. Hence, it is usually advisable for new graduates to take every opportunity of internship openings in the country as there is a stiff competition amongst more than 1000 Graduate nurses for slots usually less than 50 per institutions.

▪REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNSHIP
Requirements;
- Application letter or form, depending on the Hospital.
- CV.
- Passport
- First school leaving cert
- SSCE
- Degree cert or testimonial or statement of result or attestation
- License
- Oath (for some institutions)
- Birth cert
- LGA identification
- 3 recommendation letters
- And any other necessary doc.

▪DURATION FOR INTERNSHIP
The duration for internship is twelve months as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

▪WHO CAN'T APPLY FOR NURSING INTERNSHIP?
Only university graduates from January 2017 can can apply for this programme. Hence, those that graduated in November or May 2016,2015,2014 and above are excluded from internship.

▪CAN SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATES APPLY?
"NO". Only university graduates are allowed to apply for internship in Nigeria.
School of Nursing graduates are expected to have gained at least 14 months clinical training as stated on the curriculum of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), hence, don't need to go for internship as they have been exposed to majority of the clinical settings and specialty in Nursing practice.

 ▪WHERE CAN INTERNSHIP BE DONE?
University graduate Nurses can apply for internship in any of the following institutions :
-Federal Medical centers
-Federal teaching hospitals
-State teaching hospitals
-Industrial Organisations
-Military hospitals and many more.

▪TIPS ON HOW TO FIND INTERNSHIPS

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