Nurses affiliated with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, are up in arms against the recently unveiled verification certification directives by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). Venting their grievances at the Council’s premises, the nurses decried the guidelines as hindrances to their professional mobility and career advancement opportunities.
Expressing their discontent, the nurses voiced concerns over what they perceive as an obstruction to their freedom to pursue diverse career paths. The Chairman of NANNM FCT Chapter criticized the NMCN for prioritizing stringent certification protocols over enhancing nurses’ welfare and improving essential infrastructures within the healthcare sector.
Responding to the protesters, NMCN Registrar Faruk Abubakar assured them that their concerns have been duly noted. The Council recently revised its guidelines, stipulating that applicants seeking certification verification from foreign nursing boards must possess a minimum of two years post-qualification experience, starting from the issuance date of their permanent practicing license.