THE Federal Government has approved a new entry level for nursing graduates into the Nigerian public service, The PUNCH has learnt.
This was disclosed in a memo by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.
The memo with reference no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/CND.100/S.8/72/S.8/72 was signed by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan.
The memo read in part, “The National Council on Establishments at its 43rd Meeting held from January 24 to January 28, 2022 at Abuja, FCT, approved the entry grade level for nursing officers into the Nigerian Public Service from SGL 09 to SGL 10 with effect from January 28, 2022.
“To qualify for the nursing officers cadre, the candidate must have undertaken: five years of undergraduate studies for the award of B.Sc. Nursing; one-year Post-Graduation Internship; one-year National Youth Service Scheme; and Nursing and Midwifery Council-registered and license to practise.”
The memo indicated that the new nursing cadre would be structured as follows, “Senior Nursing Officer/Senior Nursing Tutor Grade Level 10; Principal Nursing Officer/Principal Nursing Tutor Grade Level 12; Assistant Chief Nursing Officer/Assistant Chief Nursing Tutor Grade Level 13; Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Nursing Tutor Grade Level 14; Assistant Director (Nursing) Grade Level 15; Deputy Director (Nursing)/Director (States) Grade Level 16; Director (Nursing) Grade Level 17.”
When contacted for reaction on the development, the National President of the Nurses and Midwives Association, Edward Nnachi, promised to get across to our correspondent later.
He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.
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