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FDU Nurses for Nigeria
Dr. Minerva Guttman and Dr. Patricia Ukaigwe presented papers at the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) 3rd Scientific Conference held November 8-11, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The conference with theme “critical challenges in healthcare delivery: rising to the challenge” brought Nigerian nurse leaders and nurses residing in the USA, Canada and Nigeria, including the ‘number one nurse’ Mrs. Mojisola Okudugha, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria to New Jersey. Building nursing capacity and empowering nurses to seek higher education in response to the Institute of Medicine report, “the future of nursing, leading change, advancing health” offered the basis for change in the health care arena which the conference sort to address.

NANNNA is an organization representing all Nigerian Nurses in North America working to improve the health and quality of lives of Nigerians at home and abroad. Recognizing the urgent need to improve nursing education and health outcome in Nigeria, NANNNA recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Federal Ministry of Health to expand medical mission from simply providing screening and health education to advocacy, and collaboration with other professionals, and is involved in the drafting of the guidelines for health missions to Nigeria. In the area of nursing education, NANNNA also signed an MOU with the Nigerian University Commission to address nursing faculty shortage and is seeking partnerships with institutions to develop joint programs in Nigeria such as the Fairleigh Dickinson University-University of Nigeria initiative that train and build nursing faculty. Other areas of interest include the RN-BSN programs, and pre-requisite courses into nursing such as microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry to practicing nurses who desire to enroll in the RN-BSN program. Dr. Pat Ukaigwe volunteers her time, serves in the Newsletter and Education committees and she is actively involved in NANNNA initiatives.

 

 

Date:
Monday, December 03, 2012
 
Dr. Minerva Guttman [left], Director and Professor Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health and Dr. Grace Ogiehor-Enoma, NANNNA Executive Director [right]
 
Dr. Patricia Ukaigwe [left], Lecturer