Arazi Rahmatallah and Olohungbebe Taiwo
The University of Ilorin chapter of the Nigerian Universities Nursing Students’ Association (NUNSA) on Friday, August 6, 2021, hosted an orientation for 100 and 200 level nursing students of the University.
The orientation which took place at Nightingale Hall of the UITH complex had in attendance the sub-dean of Student Affairs (COHS) Dr A. S. Alabi, Head of Nursing Department, Dr Joel Aluko (HOD ), Dr Afolabi of Department of Pharmacology, as well as NUNSA staff adviser, Dr Anyebe.
Speaking at the event, Dr Aluko welcomed the students to what he described as “a noble profession.”
He congratulated the students for making it into the department and charged them to be responsible.
“Nursing as a noble profession has rules and regulations, the things to know about nursing is that nursing students spend most time in schools and hospitals,” Dr Aluko told the students.
The seasoned University lecturer admonished the students to be determined, disciplined, and diligent to achieve success in Nursing school and the profession.
Dr Alabi, the sub-Dean of student affairs, encouraged the students to work hard and engage their seniors in areas where they need guidance and support.
Addressing the 200 level students directly, Dr Alabi noted that academic life in the College is peculiar. Second-year nursing students coming into the College should adjust to meet these peculiarities, he advised.
The NUNSA Staff Adviser, Dr Anyebe Emmanuel Ejembi who is also the guest lecturer talked about the theme of the program “Pursuing Excellence in Nursing ” He talked about unionism and ethics of Nursing.
According to Dr Anyebe, “Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative efforts of individuals of all ages, families, and groups, either sick or well.”
He also said clinical proficiency includes physical and psychological endurance, listening to patient communication, and teamwork.
To achieve excellence in nursing, Dr Anyebe said students must imbibe the elements of self-awareness, and knowledge and skill Bamisaye (SKS).
A 200 level student, Taiwo Opeyemi Dorcas acknowledged the marked differences in life at College and the Permanent site of the University, but mentioned that the orientation will help new students get used to it.