The role of nursing students in politics was the heart of discussion at a seminar held last week at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
A guest speaker, Prof Adenike Ojo of the Department of Nursing Science, said if the students could be involved in politics, problems facing the profession would be solved.
Prof Adenike, who spoke on The Nurse and contemporary politics, highlighted the challenges facing the profession.
He decried the rivalry between nurses and community health workers, who were assuming the role of nurses in rural areas. He urged nurses to accept others without prejudice, adding that the competition for supremacy among nurses was hindering progress of the profession.
Dr A. Osasuyi of the Department of Nursing Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, spoke on the causes and effect of peptic ulcer.
Dr Osasuyi stated that government must provide employment for the population, adding that the major cause of the disease was hunger.
Highpoint of the event was the launch of the Nigeria Universities Nursing Students Association (NUNSA) Almanac.
Awards were later presented to deserving staff of the department including Dr F. E. Okafor, Mrs Bolaji Osagie and Dr Florence Adeyemo.
Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, praised the department for organising the seminar.
“I have listened to the agitations of the nursing students of which the issue of internship for graduates of nursing topped the list. I will take their agitations to the floor of the National Assembly for deliberation,” he stated.
The Head of Department of Nursing Sciences, UNIBEN, xx, called on the Federal Government to consider the plight of nursing students, stating that graduates of nursing be allowed to undergo a one year internship like their colleagues in the medical and dental disciplines.
He lauded the management of the university for supporting the growth of nursery education in Nigeria.
“Most of our achievements are tied to the developmental strides of our Vice-Chancellor, Prof Osayiuki Oshodin. Upon his assumption of office, we lacked accreditation. His effort succeeded in our moving to a permanent site and procurement of learning materials. During the last accreditation exercise, the accreditation team was impressed by the level of infrastructural development in the department. “
The seminar which held at the lecture theatre II of the School of Basic Medical Sciences had in attendance participants from the Igbinedion University, Okada and Delta State University, Abraka.
by: Eddy Uwoghiren
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