Nursing Internship Programme Blueprint

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Nursing Internship Programme Blueprint

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The Structure of the Nursing Internship

Programme In Nigeria the internship programme for the BNSc graduates designed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council Nigeria is to cover the following areas over a period of one year:

1. Medical Department = 9 weeks
2. Surgical Department = 9 weeks
3. Obstetric/Gynaecological Department = 9
4. Paediatrics Department = 9 weeks
5. Community Health Department = 4 weeks
6. Out Patient/Emergency Department = 4
7. Psychiatric Department = 4 weeks
8. Annual Leave = 30 days

TOTAL = One year/12 months (N&MCN, 2016)

Criteria for Internship
To be eligible for appointment into the
internship programme, the candidate must:
1. Be a new BNSc graduate nurse who
undergo a generic BNSc programme from a
recognised and accredited Department of

Note: An RN who had gone through School of Nursing before enrolment for the BNSc degree programme is exempted from the internship programme

2. Have passed all theoretical and practical
examinations that are required in their
university and must have been awarded that
degree in nursing prior to internship.

3. Have entered for and passed the Nursing
and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Final
Qualifying Examination for General Nurses and has obtained temporary registration before internship.

Career Entry Point:
According to the new scheme of service
approved by the Federal Government of
Nigeria (2016) and the N&MCN (2016) the
proposed career entry point and remuneration for nurse interns are:

• Nursing internship period - CONHESS 8
Step 3 (Grade level 9 Step 3)
• After NYSC/ career entry point - CONHESS 9 Step 3 (Grade level 10 Step 3).

By Dr. Saleh Garba RN,
Nigerian Nurses lighting up the world one candle at a time.

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