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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has admonished the newly inducted Nursing graduands of the University to be good ambassadors of the institution, while upholding the moral and professional training they had received.

Prof. Abdulkareem gave the advice last Tuesday (December 11, 2018), while speaking at the 2nd Professional Induction and Admission Ceremony for the 2018 Nursing graduands of the College of Health Science, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ilorin, held at the University Auditorium. Twenty new Nursing graduands were inducted into the profession at the ceremony.

The Vice-Chancellor advised the graduands to accept the Nursing profession as a calling to change the world, extend sacrifice and service to impact on humanity, adding that "as it is expected of you, utilize conscientiously evidence-based practice to provide selfless and excellent clinical care to all people that will badly seek it from you."

He charged the graduands to treat people with dignity, patience, respect and compassion, which comprise the core values of the Nursing profession and to utilise these values as their guiding principles so that they can be successful in their career.

In his remarks, the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. Olanrewaju Adedoyin, felicitated with the graduands, their parents and guardians, the elders and nurses present at the event, adding that it has been a long, tortuous and eventful but also an interesting journey.

Prof. Adedoyin told the inductees, “Your set had the benefit of passing through my leadership both as the Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences and now as Provost, College of Health Sciences. I have found your set to be of good conduct and well behaved. I consider your set lucky to have graduated at a time when the Nursing science programme is stabilising, having overcome all its teething problems of accreditation”.

The Provost disclosed that this year, the college has transformed from an interim accreditation status by NUC to full accreditation, adding that it has now become a Centre for the Nursing and Midwifery Council examinations apart from maintaining 100 percent success for the second time running in the nationwide Council examina tion. 

In his goodwill message, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria urged the inductees to understand the psychological and physical factors involved in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health of individuals, families and communities at large, in the delivery of health care. He also urged them to adhere to the code of ethics of the profession and to always be good ambassadors of the Nursing profession.

In her lecture at the ceremony, a lecturer of Nursing at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Dr. Adenike Olaogun, called for more inter-professional collaboration among health care providers from different backgrounds in order to improve health outcomes for their patients while working with patients, families, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.

Speaking on the topic, “Trends in Health Care: Implications for Nursing Education and Practice, the don said that Nursing profession demands that all nurses see their clients in the health system as human beings, as it is a marketing strategy that is very relevant to nursing and the health care system.