The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is a parastatal of the Federal Government under the Federal Ministry of Health, charged with the primary responsibility of regulating and controlling Nursing Education and Practice in Nigeria in all its ramification.
The Nursing Council of Nigeria was established by the Registration of Nurses Ordinance of August 1947 to regulate and control the Practice of Nursing in Nigeria. The Midwives Board of Nigeria was established by the Midwives Ordinance of 1930 to regulate and control the Education and Practice of Midwifery in Nigeria. The two bodies were merged into the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria by Decree No. 89 of 1979 now known as Nursing and Midwifery Registration Act, Cap. N143, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The Council is a body corporate with perpetual succession and common seal charged with the general duty of:
- Determining what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the profession of Nursing and Midwifery and reviewing these standards from time to time as circumstances may require
- Securing in accordance with the provisions of this Decree the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons entitled to practice the profession and the publication from time to time of the lists of those persons
- Regulating and controlling the practice of the profession in all its ramifications
- Maintaining in accordance with the Decree, discipline within the profession and
- Performing the other functions conferred upon the Council by the Decree
The functions of the Council are to:
1. Index all cadres of Nursing and Midwifery Students on commencement of their training
2. Develop and review periodically, the different curricula utilized for the education of all cadres of Nurses and Midwives
3. Co-operate with recognized bodies interested in conducting new schemes for Basic and Post Basic Education of Nurses and Midwives
4. Accredit all training institutions and clinical practice areas utilized for the education of all cadres of Nurses and Midwives
5. Conduct Final Qualifying Examinations for all cadres of Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
6. Establish and maintain Registers of all persons qualified to practice the discipline of Nursing and Midwifery in Nigeria
7. Conduct Registration Interviews for Nurses and Midwives trained outside Nigeria who are seeking to practice in Nigeria
8. Issue and Update Professional Practicing Licences every three years to all cadres of qualified Nurses and Midwives
9. Issue professional Certificates to all cadres of Nurses and Midwives at the end of their training.
10. Revoke and/or Restore Professional Certificates as applicable.
11. Determine and maintain standards of knowledge and competencies in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Practice in Nigeria.
12. Organize and Conduct Mandatory Continuing Professional and Educational Development Programmes for all cadres of Nurses and Midwives.
13. Conduct and Promote Researches in relevant areas of Nursing and Midwifery.
14. Maintain Discipline within the Nursing and Midwifery Profession in Nigeria
15. Prosecute Illegal Training Institutions.
16. Regulate and Control the practice of Nursing and Midwifery in all their ramifications.
http://www.nmcnigeria.org/functions.php (updated 2007) (accessed on 22.06.2011)