How to Renew Nursing and Midwifery Licence in Nigeria

In this post, we will discuss on how to renew your Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Licence in the country. If you are a nurse or a midwife and you have been looking for information on how to renew your nursing and midwifery licence in Nigeria in order to keep practicing your profession, this article will help you with the step by step processes on how to go about it.

Nursing and Midwifery Licence in Nigeria Renewal

In Nigeria today, renewing your licence as a nurse or midwife so as to keep practicing your profession is now very easy and the stress that used to be associated with the process in yesteryear has lessened significantly due to the advancement in technology. As we proceed, we will enlighten you in three easy steps on how to go about renewing your nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria licence. Without further ado, let us take a look.

STEP BY STEP PROCESS ON HOW TO RENEW YOUR NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA LICENCE

To practice as a nurse in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you should note that you must be licenced and failure to get the required approval for you to practice means that you cannot operate as a nurse or midwife anywhere in the country and if you do, you will be arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of Nigeria. Irrespective of your training as a nurse, do ensure that you follow the licencing requirements in the country which is in accordance with section 5 of Decree 54 of 1988 as ammended which states that:

“No Nurse shall be allowed to practice or continue to practice in any year except such a nurse has paid licencing fees as prescribed by the Council”.

Having said that, these are the following steps to take in order to renew your nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria licence:

STEP 1

In order to renew your nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria licence in the country, kindly note that it currently costs ₦10,500 and the figures are subject to change. The licence renewal is done every three years but if you as a nurse defaults in renewing your licence as at when due, you will be required to pay a fee of an additional fee of ₦5,250 as penalty and payment is made via remita.

STEP 2

In order to renew your licence, you need the following documents:

  • Your expired nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria licence
  • Your completed Licencing form for the renewal
  • Two (2) recent identical coloured passport photographs with white background.
  • Photocopies of your certificates of registration.
  • Photocopies of your certificate of attendance for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP).
  • Original evidence of payment of ₦10,500 for renewal and penalty of ₦5,250 for each year of default on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through Remita (TSA).

STEP 3

Once these documents are submitted at the Zonal Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria closest to you, you have successfully renewed your licence.

HISTORY OF THE NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

In the colonial era of our great country, Nigeria, Nursing was among the first five recognised and accepted professions, gaining a recognition that was transferred even to the independent, sovereign government of the country after 1960. Nursing and Midwifery services were elevated and given very important positions of honour as some of the best professions in the country due to their relevance and direct impact to the life, health and well-being of the individual family and community.

In order to modernize Nursing Education and Practice in the colony so as to cope with the developmental pace, the British colonial Government made sure to introduce, gradually, nursing and midwifery education on a formal basis, so as to ensure that qualified nurses armed with the necessary skills would render modern and scientific nursing and midwifery care to the civil servants and their families.

In 1930, the Midwives Ordinance which founded the now defunct Midwives Board was empowered to regulate midwifery education and practice in the country and in 1947, the Nursing Council of Nigeria was established by the Registration of Nurses Ordinance of August 1947 in order to regulate and control the education and practice of Nursing in Nigeria.

The history of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has a lot in common with other allied professions, particularly in the health industry except that it came into existence before most if not all of them. Indeed, Nursing was among the first five recognised and accepted professions in the colonial era, hence recognition was transferred from the Home government. Nursing and Midwifery services were given prime of place because of their relevance and direct impact to the life, health and well-being of the individual family and community.

Therefore, in the attempt to modernize Nursing Education and Practice in the colony at least to cope with the developmental pace, the colonial Government decided to introduce, gradually, Nursing and Midwifery education on a formal basis, to enable them render modern and scientific Nursing and Midwifery care to the civil servants and their families.

In 1930, the Midwives Ordinance which established the defunct Midwives Board was promulgated to regulate Midwifery education and practice in Nigeria and in 1947, the Nursing Council of Nigeria was established by the Registration of Nurses Ordinance of August 1947 to regulate and control the education and practice of Nursing in Nigeria.

From the humble beginning through the pioneering Midwives Ordinance of 1930 with its major Amendment known as the Midwives Act of 1966 to the first Nurses Ordinance of August 1947 and series of Amendment, such as Ordinances of 1957, 1959, the Nurses Act, No. 2 of 1970; the Nurses Amendment Act No. 30, of 20th July, 1974, what started as two separate bodies were merged together into one big effective body by the enabling decree 89 of 1979. Since then it grew and developed more and more in status, functions and responsibilities as well as influence and authority as one of the foremost statutory professional regulating body with the largest scope, jurisdiction and professional personnel to control, supervise and regulate.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria known as “The Council” is the only professional Council for all grades and Cadres of Nurses and Midwives. It is the only legal and administrative, corporate and statutory body charged with specific functions to perform on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the delivery of safe and effective Nursing and Midwifery care to the public.

FUNCTIONS OF THE NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA 

These are the functions of the council below:

  • Index all categories of nursing and midwifery students on commencement of their training.
  • Develop and review periodically, the different curricula utilized for the education of all categories of Nurses and Midwives.
  • Co-operate with recognized bodies interested in conducting new schemes for Basic and Post Basic Education of Nurses and Midwives such as: National Universities Commission, World Health Organization, etc.
  • Accredit all training institutions and clinical practice areas utilized for the education of all categories of Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
  • Conduct Professional Examinations for all categories of Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
  • Establish and maintain Registers of all persons qualified to practice the discipline of Nursing and Midwifery in Nigeria.
  • Conduct Registration interviews for Nurses and Midwives trained outside Nigeria who are seeking to practice in Nigeria.
  • Issue and update Professional Practicing Licenses every three years to all cadres of qualified Nurses and Midwives.
  • Issue Professional Certificates to all cadres of Nurses and Midwives at the end of their training.
  • Revoke and/or Restore Professional Certificates as applicable.
  • Determine and maintain standards of knowledge and competencies in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Practice in Nigeria.
  • Organize and Conduct Mandatory Continuing Professional and Educational Development Programmes for all cadres of Nurses and Midwives.
  • Conduct and Promote Research in relevant areas of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Maintain discipline within the Nursing and Midwifery profession in Nigeria through the Nurses and Midwives Tribunal.
  • Prosecute illegal Training Institutions.
  • Regulate and control the practice of Nursing and Midwifery in all its ramifications.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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