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The Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors Programme is a programme initiated in 1976 as part of efforts to implement the then Third National Development Plan as it relates to Health care Services. The Federal Government formulated specific health policies and objectives designed to create considerable development impart in the Health Sector. Nursing education was one of such areas of need with shortage of manpower as it affects the services in general.
With the above conceived, the University College Hospital Board of Management was approached with the plan in July 1976. The Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’ (N/M/PHNT) Programme, University College Hospital, Ibadan was then established by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in 1978 to prepare nurse educators due to shortage of manpower in this aspect of Nursing. On Monday 25th September, 1978, the first set of 29 pioneering students drawn from the then 14 states of the federation and 3 teaching hospitals commenced the course.

In February, 1986, the Federal Ministry of Health approved the extension of training of Nurse Tutors Programme from one calendar year to two academic sessions, in October 1986.. In 1990, the Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’ Programme, was affiliated to the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan through Department of Nursing. This has granted the students to be issued Diploma in Nursing Education by the University of Ibadan.

The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria proposed upgrading of all the Nurse Tutors’ Programme in Nigeria in 2008. This was buttressed by nursing reform.

In line with the reform, there was an urgent need for a major and decisive change to reposition the Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’ Programme, Ibadan into Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE) so as to meet the emerging educational and professional reform.The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria formed a committee comprising of the Coordinators of the four tutorial programmes in the Federation who developed a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE) curriculum. The programme is expectedto prepare University Nursing Graduates (BNSc.) as educators registrable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). The Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’ Programme, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Ibadan presented the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education.

The curriculum was submitted and the courses reviewed with course description. The Curriculum Committee of the Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan approved the proposed curriculum for PGDNE of Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’Programme.


The reforms of 2005 necessitate the preparation of nurse educators in the country which states that Nurse educators that will teach in nursing institutions are expected to possess a minimum of first degree in nursing with acceptable teaching skills. According to the 2016 accreditation status report by the National Universities Commission (NUC), thirty-four (34) Universities in Nigeria currently run Nursing programme (http://www.schoolcontents.info, 2018). This evidence shown by the NUC ascertain to the fact that there is proliferation of Departments of Nursing at the Universities and Colleges in Nigeria who are producing BNSc holders as well as HND holders who are clinicians and can be equipped with teaching skills.
The Federal Ministry of Education with the Act 31 of 1993, Section 2 now Act CAP T3 of 2004 under “Qualification for Registration” mandated that individuals who will teach in Nigeria institutions must possess a teaching qualification in NCE, B.Sc. Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D in Education, PGDE or Professional Diploma in Education. In order for nursing institutions to conform to this directive, the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the NMCN proposes a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE). The programme is expected to provide adequate teaching skills with nursing components for graduates from Universities and Colleges of Nursing. The Nurse Tutors Programme, Ibadan is equipped in terms of human resources in nursing and general education training. In line with this, the Nurse Tutors Programme, University College Hospital with her clinical facilities within the hospital, Department of Nursing, Institute of Education, Faculty of Education, all at the University of Ibadan are collaborating to effect the PGDNE training.
Also, in line with the NMCN reform agenda on Nursing Education at Nursing Leaders Conference held in Kaduna in March 2017, at the 15th Annual Conference of Committee of Heads of Basic and Post Basic Nursing Institutions in Nigeria (COHBPNIN) held in Birnin Kebbi in April 2017, it was decided that there is an urgent need for a major and decisive change for repositioning the Nurse/Midwife/Public Health Nurse Tutors’ Programme, Ibadan into Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE) so as to meet the emerging educational and professional reforms.


The Educational Programme is a basic Programme designed to equip the student with the complexity of knowledge and skills required to effectively care for recipients of nursing services. Nursing in the Clininic and wards involves the nursing care of patients having known or predicated anatomic or physiologic alterations. It is practiced in an environment in which basic life supporting needs are of the highest priority. It is a comprehensive practice encompassing the patient's experience through the pre-clinical, intra-clinical and into the immediate post-clinical phases. It occurs within a serial milieu characterized by rapidly changing technological, economic and cultural forces which require continuous adaption by professional practitioners in collaboration with other members of the health team, assisting in ensuring continuity of care by providing assistance in planning regime of care in the pre-clinical, intra-clinical and immediate post-clinical phases of the patient's experience.


The Nursing Profession focuses on maintenance and well being of individual, family and community; through respect for human dignity, worth and autonomy.The philosophy of Nursing Education is to prepare nurse educators to acquire pedagogical knowledge, stimulate enquiring minds, and promote development of emotional intelligence, critical thinking and problem solving techniques thereby contributing to human resource development. Acquiring nursing education is key to the growth of the profession. The acquisition of teaching skills in nursing will enable changes in the students to utilize educational methods effectively


1.To produce qualified and efficient graduate educators for Nursing Schools

2. To sustain the regular production of the educators.

3.Develop and run Post-Graduate Diploma in Nursing Education (PGDNE) for BNSc degree holders that desire to teach in Nursing Programmes.

4.Develop and implement Post-Graduate Diploma Nursing (PGN) for Registered Nurses with first degree in health related disciplines who wish to pursue post graduate programmes in Nursing.

5.To promote excellence in training of nurse educators in three specialties namely- General Nursing, Midwifery, and Public Health Nursing.