The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has granted approval for the Federal Medical Centre, Yola Adamawa state, Nigeria, to run School of Post Basic Perioperative Nursing.
Preoperative nursing training is a post basic programme designed to equip the students with the complexity of knowledge and skills required to render effective care to clients requiring perioperative nursing services.
Nursing in the operating theatre, involves the nursing care of patients having known or predicated anatomic or physiologic alterations. It is practiced in an environment in which basic life supporting needs are of the highest priority.
Anthony Mbale popularly known as Tony, the is coordinator of the FMC Yola perioperative training programme.
Tony said said that establishing the School of Post Basic Perioperative Nursing in FMC Yola has become necessary considering the growing needs, going by the increasing number of surgery cases in the health facility that has more than five fully equipped and operational surgical theatres, vis-à-vis a rapidly changing technology and modern health demands.
“Perioperative, is a comprehensive practice, which encompasses patient’s surgical experience from the pre-operative, intra-operative to the immediate post-operative phases.
“It occurs within a serial milieu characterised by rapidly changing technological, economic and cultural forces, which required continuous adaption by professional practitioners in collaboration with other members of health team, assisting in ensuring continuity of care by providing assistance in planning regime of care in the entire phases of the patient’s surgical experience.
“The perioperative training will therefore, prepare nurses with a highly versatile knowledge and attitude to be professional and competency required for perioperative nursing practice in healthcare institutions that will enable them cope with surgical intervention in the served and underserved areas of the community from the moment the decision for surgery is taken until discharge from the perioperative environment,” Tony would say.
The NMCN has equally transferred the posting of student nurses on training from state specialist hospital Yola to Federal Medical Centre, Yola for better output owing to hi-tech facilities, human capacity; professional commitment and political will on the side of the management of the health facility. Proximity was equally an added advantage in the sense that FMC Yola and College of Nursing and Midwifery Yola share the same boundary.
Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar the medical director FMC Yola, having commended the management and staff of the college of nursing and midwifery Yola, for providing environment befitting for academic exercise by means of collaboration, said, seeking for approval from the NCMN for FMC Yola to run School of Post Basic Perioperative Nursing has become imparative in the sense that in the entire north eastern part of the country, only University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital has a perioperative training programme.
Prof. Auwal thanked the NCMN accreditation team for their understanding, support and cooperation.
Similarly, the college of nursing and midwifery Yola, has got the approval by the NMCN the regulatory body, to run Community Midwifery Programme in addition to being successful with the resource verification exercise that would enable the college to have additional vacancy to admit 50 students for basic nursing programme, having attained full accreditation status, which would last for 5 years.
Next admission session exercise, it is expected that the college would admit 100 instead of 50 students for basic nursing programme.
The midwifery programme run by the college, has also won another provisional accreditation that would last for two years in addition to the increase in the number of admission from 50 to 100.
Community Midwifery Programme (CPM) is a model of care available to women experiencing a low risk pregnancy and birth who reside within a designated community. The CPM philosophy is to protect and support natural birth and to provide clients with evidence based holistic care from trained midwives throughout the continuum of pregnancy, labour birth and postnatal period.
Already the college of nursing and midwifery Yola, has entered into a memorandum of understand with the primary healthcare development agency Adamawa state, that the community midwifery graduates would be employed to work in the primary healthcare centres across the state.
Previously, the NMCN has given approval to five qualified schools in the country to run community midwifery programme. College of nursing and midwifery Yola, is an addition being the 6th.
Malam Abubakar Salihu Gurin popularly called Malam Sadiq the provost college of nursing and midwifery Yola commended the efforts of Prof Auwal the Medical Director FMC Yola with his management team for the support and cooperation and the NMCN accreditation and resource verification team.
The approvals were sequel to the accreditation and resource verification visits paid to FMC Yola and the college of Nursing and midwifery Yola by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria represented by Alh Farouq Umaru Abubakar secretary general/registrar of the council, Alh Alhassan Ndagi the head of accreditation department with Malama Hauwa Usman and Stella Godswill supporting staff.
The NMCN accreditation and resource verification team were satisfied with the level of preparedness of the centre and the institution based on effective and efficient collaboration and the required training needs.