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WACN Fellowship Program Prepares Nurses for Leadership

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WACN Fellowship Program Prepares Nurses for Leadership

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:55 pm

The West African College of Nursing fellowship programme is a four year programme that prepares Nurses and Midwives for leadership, consultancy and research positions for the provision of quality client care.
Speaking at a paper presentation on the fellowship program at the one week certificate course on disaster nursing which held in portharcourt rivers state, the Executive secretary of the college noted that a Fellow of the College should be a highly competent, service-oriented expert in clinicals and other areas of specialization.

Therefore in-depth knowledge and practical skills developed over a minimum period of two (2) years in clinical practice , would enable him/her demonstrate high level of clinical competence, leadership, research and technical expertise.
According to the exectutive secretary, entry requirements to the fellowship program includes:

1. Candidates must be registered with the regulatory bodies in the member countries – The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Republic of Benin.

2. Candidates with B.Sc. B.N.Sc. in Nursing and/or Midwifery degrees with a minimum of 5 years post qualification and proven working experience. Candidates with M.Sc./MPhil. in Nursing, Midwifery and specialties in existing College faculties, and are functioning in those fields would be exempted from the primaries. They are eligible to challenge the examinations at Part I. However they should have a minimum of two (2) research-based articles published in reputable journals and must attend at least two WACN relevant updates to qualify.

3. Candidates with PhD in Nursing/Midwifery and specialties in existing College faculties will be eligible to challenge Examinations at Part II. However they should have at least two (2) research-based articles in reputable journals and must attend at least two WACN relevant updates to qualify.

Mrs Okedo Henrietta added that the fellowship programme shall be for a period of four years as follows:
Primaries – In-country at approved and accredited centres - 2 years. There will be four
(4) weeks of intensive classes to cover the modules for this part for the 2 years followed by one week of examination in accredited centres.

Part I (Year 3) – This involves one year of self-directed learning, using course modules in specialty areas, including intensive clinical teaching and experience in candidates’ own country. Consultants are expected to utilize the modules as a guide for teaching, tutorials, and supervision of the candidates.

Part II (Year 4) – This involves one year of clinically-based research project in specialty area, with intensive clinical experience. At this level, candidates must attend the College Proposal writing workshop before the submission of two (2) copies of their project proposals to the College Secretariat for approval before the field work. Candidates should include endorsement from the in-country consultant with evidence of registration and attendance at the College update programme.

All College examinations shall take place in the last week of September of every year with the conferment of the Fellowship at the next Biennial General Meeting (BGM) after successful correction and submission of dissertation not later than three (3) months from the date of examination.


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