|The School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital was established under Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH) in July 1962 the same year and under the same decree on which the hospital was founded. The School was opened with a student intake of sixteen (16) and there were only two (2) tutors and a health educator as the teaching staff. Recruiting student then was not easy because Nursing was looked upon as a profession for those who could not make the grade in other fields. The educational requirement then was attempted West African School Certificate Examination. Tutors had to go round secondary schools in the then four regions to speak with young school leavers.
In February 1965, Miss H. Joyce, a representative of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales visited the school. After the first visit, the school was granted recognition and full recognition as the Nurses trained in England and Wales. The Hospital Final Examination was accepted as the qualifying and registering examination both for England and Wales and also for the General Nursing Council of Nigeria.
By the year 1966, the intake of students had increased to one hundred and twenty (120) per year, intake being twice annually, May and November.
In December 1966, the Nursing Council of Nigeria introduced a new standard and made it mandatory that all training schools take the Final Qualifying Examination set by the Council. Students still got full reciprocity with England and Wales but they must be successful both in the Hospital Final Examination as well as in the Nigeria Nursing Council’s Examination.
Towards the end of December 1986, a directive came from the Nursing and Midwifery Council that starting from 1987, intake into Schools of Nursing and Midwifery should be once a year. The School now admits once a year, entrance to the School is in October.
Entry requirements compare favourably with those for other professional courses. To qualify for admission into the school, a prospective student must have a minimum of five (5) credits in the West African School Certificate Examination (WAEC) or National Examination Council (NECO), inclusive of credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at one or two sittings. Qualified candidates take the entrance examination which is in three (3) phases. Successful candidates are interview by a panel for final selection. The course of study lasts for three (3) years leading to the award of Registered Nurse (RN).
The school is headed by Assistant Director Nursing Education/Principal and the current academic staff strength is sixteen (16) with a students’ population of two hundred and twenty five (225). Currently, the School is one of the best approved and recognized School of Nursing in Nigeria. It is well known for its flexibility, range of facilities and modern equipments, high profile of good performance in the Council Examination as well as a safe, interesting and comfortable environment where students can live and study.
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