The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the body responsible for the training and licencing of nurses and midwives in Nigeria.
As a nurse or midwife, you cannot practice or work in any government recognize health institution or firm without having the license to back your claim irrespective of the school of nursing you attended.
Decree 54 of 1988 goes inline with the above writing which stipulates that “No Nurse shall be allowed to practice or continue to practice in any year except such a Nurse has paid Licensing fees as prescribed by the Council”.
Below are the steps and processes of renewing nurse license;
How To Renew License to Nursing And Midwifery Council Of Nigeria
Nursing license renewal basically costs N10,500 every three years. Remita platform is where the payment is made. Defaulters are to pay a fine of N5,250 for license renewal in any defaulting year.
The following documents are important things you need when applying to renew your licence:
- Your expired licence
- Your completed Licensing form.
- Two (2) recent identical coloured passport photographs in white background.
- Photocopies of certificates of registration.
- Photocopies of certificate of attendance for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP).
Original evidence of payment of N10,500 for renewal and penalty of N5,250 for each year of default on Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s platform through REMITA (TSA).
Documents could always be submitted to the zonal office of the Council nearest to you. Once it’s verified you have now renewed your Nursing and Midwifery Council licence successfully.
Nursing sector was highly recognized during the colonial era due to the various wars that took place in the country. For this reason, Nurses and Midwives are still respected and regarded where ever they’re found, irrespective of the community.
However, to maintain the nursing education and professional practice which soared in excellence with other countries of the world, the Midwives Ordinance in 1930 was set up primarily to promulgate Midwifery Education and Practice in the country.
From time to time, the Council has grown and expanded as the major authority in regulating nursing education and practice for all grades and cadres of nurses and midwives found all over the 36 states in Nigeria.
Headed by the Secretary General/Registry with other professionals and non-professional staff assisting in other areas.
The Council also works closely with the following Parastatals; the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and Pharmacist Council of Nigeria.
The Objectives of the Council include:
- Accreditation of all training institutions, facilities and clinical practice areas that have been designated for the education of all categories of Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
- To conduct and promote research in the vital areas of Nursing and Midwifery.
- To conduct professional examinations for all categories of Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
- To conduct registration interviews for Nurses and Midwives trained outside Nigeria (abroad) intending to practice in the country.
- To establishing cooperation with recognized bodies who are interested in conducting new schemes for Basic and Post Basic Education of Nurses and Midwives such as the NUC and the WHO.
- Determining and maintaining the right standard of knowledge and competencies in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Practice in Nigeria.
- To develop and review periodically, the various curricula utilized for the education of all categories of Nurses and Midwives in the country.
- To keep record by maintaining a valid register of all persons qualified to practice the discipline of Nursing and Midwifery in Nigeria.
- To issue, update and renew professional practicing licenses every three years to all cadres of qualified Nurses and Midwives.
- To issue professional certificates to all cadres of Nurses and Midwives at the end of their training.
- To maintain the required discipline of members within the Nursing and Midwifery profession in Nigeria via the Nurses and Midwives Tribunal.
- To organize and conduct mandatory continuing professional and educational development programmes for all cadres of Nurses and Midwives.
- To prosecute illegal training Institutions as it deems fit.
- To revoke or restore Professional Certificates to its members where necessary.
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