BRIEF HISTORY OF POST BASIC SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDIES (Orthopaedic and Burns/Plastic Nursing Programme)
The desire of establishing a Nursing Training School in National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu was born out of zeal to meet the need of the clients. The idea was conceived by the first Chief Matron of the Hospital Mrs. G.I. Ezi-Achi. She made her intentions known to the First Medical Director, Dr. J.E. Igwe, who grabbed it with a high sense of responsibility and worked hard to make this dream come true in 1979.
The first batch of orientation students came from School of Nursing, Iyi-Enu with Ichie C.C. Osai as the pioneer principal. After the reign of Osai came other HODs/Principals; Mr. P.A. Mbanu, Ms. G.U. Ucheagwu, Mrs. C.O. Nwora, Mrs. R.N. Odina and Mrs. U.S. Aghanama. Currently the school has an Assistant Director of Nurse Educator (ADNE) in charge in the person of Mrs. E.U Aguzie. The Post Basic Training (Orthopaedic) kicked off on 23rd October 1980. The school of Post Basic Burns/Plastic Nursing Programme was established by Plastic Surgeons who saw the need for the School to produce such specialist Nurses to argument their work. These doctors include, Drs. Iroegbulam, Nwozor, Uchendu, and Akpuaka.
As the need for Burns/Plastic specialist Nurses became paramount, three nurses (Mrs. Obiekwe, Egbujie and Uchenyi all retired) were sent to London for training in Burns/Plastic programme. When they returned, the school was opened in January 1993 with Mrs. Akaigwe as the coordinator. The school is the first of its kind in WestAfrican sub-region.
The vision of the school is to serve as an educational viable center for comprehensive training of registered nurses in Orthopaedic and Burns/Plastic Nursing in Nigeria.
The mission statement is to train Orthopaedic and Burns/Plastic Nurses who will be experts in designing, creating, and implementing procedures that will enhance and ensure better service delivery to patients.
The school activities include:
- Giving of lectures to Post Basic and Orientation Students,
- Clinical Supervision,
- Supervision of care studies/projects
- Assessment/Periodic Exams,
- Indexing of students, and
In the programme description and implementation, adverts on sale of forms are placed on vanguard daily news paper from April. The programme is one academic calendar year made up of two semesters. When completed, successful candidates are registered under the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.