The indexing division is one of the key units of the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria and all other activities of Council revolve around the unit. It is responsible for the indexing of Students for the various Basic and Post Basic Nursing Programmes throughout the Federation.
Indexing of students involves the profiling of Nursing or Midwifery students personal data into the Council’s database and ensuring that the students’ qualification for admission into the programme is based on the approved entry requirements.
Presently the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has nineteen (19) approved basic and post basic programmes in all accredited Nursing and Midwifery training Institutions in Nigeria.
These programmes are:
- 1. General Nursing
- 2. Community Nursing
- 3. Midwifery (Basic and Post Basic)
- 4. Community Midwifery
- 5. Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
- 6. Perioperative Nursing
- 7. Orthopedic Nursing
- 8. Ophthalmic Nursing
- 9. Nurse Anaesthetist Programme
- 10. Accident and Emergency Nursing
- 11. Paediatric Nursing
- 12. Critical Care Nursing
- 13. Nose and Throat Nursing
- 14. Occupational Health Nursing
- 15. Burns and Plastic Nursing
- 16. Cardio-thoracic Nursing
- 17. Nephrology Nursing
- 18. Oncology Nursing
- 19. Public Health Nursing
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These students are to be indexed for General Nursing at 200 level and for Midwifery at the end of their 5 year programme after passing the Professional Examination for General Nursing, because RN is a pre-requisite qualification for indexing as a Post basic Midwifery student.
The Division is also charged with the responsibility of:
- Making sure that the number of students admitted into various Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Post Basic studies per session/year does not exceed the approved admission quota (number).
- Scrutinizing the online indexing applications to determine who is qualified for indexing into the programme based on the approved entry requirement. The current requirement for General Nursing is five (5) O’ level credits in Mathematic, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two (2) sittings from NECO/WAEC/NABTEB.
- Issuing index numbers to eligible students using codes to differentiate each State of the Federation and serially allotted numbers for each school.
- Keeping records of students indexed for the various Nursing programmes for each year.
- Identifying student with indexing problems, disapproving and returning their application to their schools for correction and update.
- Writing letters to schools on issues relating to indexing and also attending to correspondences relating to indexing matters.
- Keeping school files for record purposes.
- Processing change of school applications.
The unit issues unique number tagged the index number to individual student and this is the number used in applying for Council’s Professional Qualifying Examination. In the past, index numbers were generated manually but from 2005, numbers are generated electronically. This is an improvement on the previous practice and it enables easy and fast access to students’ data.
The process of indexing is uniform for all programmes and starts with accreditation of institution. All accredited Institutions have official accounts on the portal of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and each is provided with unique password to access their account. Institutions are expected to input all the students’ data on the Council’s indexing portal.
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