Empower Nurses Consult (ENC) has concluded plans to launch an education trust fund worth $6000 to empower nursing students in the country. The first stage of the project will span from January 2023 till December 2025.
This was made known by the co-founder of the organisation, Mr Princewill Aghedo – a Nigerian nurse currently based in Canada.
The firm is a human capital organisation focused on proving strategic intervention around personal, professional and academic development for Registered and Student nurses and Midwives in Nigeria.
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Princewill said the trust fund is part of the corporate social responsibility of the company, in line with the United Nations sustainable development goal 4 (which targeted at Ensuring Inclusive and equitable quality education that will promote overall learning opportunities to all) and this will mainly involve providing scholarships opportunities to student nurses in Nigeria.
“We are launching a first of its kind education trust fund for student nurses in the country. We will give out scholarship worth $2000 in the next three years, that amounts to $6000 for 10 student nurses across schools of Nursing and Departments of Nursing in Nigeria” he said.
He noted that the firm also have current plans to lead an agenda that will provide funding to equip libraries from Traditional to digital and upgrade training rooms and laboratories across nursing schools to meet Global best practices.
“Many of our training rooms do not have basic equipments like defibrillator; our nurses go through school of nursing and are unable to honn their clinical skills to perform basic life support. We will invest in providing more mannequins and Defribillators to support their clinical skills development; so that our nurses can compete favorably amongst their peers from first world countries,” he said
The co-founder of ENC said the organisation would also upgrade libraries to meet the reality of 21st century nursing education. This, he said, would make nursing students be at par with their peers in advanced countries.
Aghedo said the firm had provided funds for nursing students and graduates who are looking forward to explore international opportunities for career & Academic development.
He said in the last one year, the firm provided over $2000 to nurses for advanced nursing programmes to improve their competence.
He added that it also established a career support fund where it gave $200 monthly to student nurses.
Speaking on interventions by the firm at the height of COVID-19, he said: “During the first wave of the pandemic, our organisation led an advocacy campaign that led to the investment of N3 million by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America. The fund was used to procure 5000 face shields and distributed across 36 states in the country, including Abuja
“To support and improve the confidence of nurses and healthcare workers across public hospitals, our organisation won a grant in collaboration with 360degree Health Network from Queen Elizabeth commonwealth Trust to provide personal protective equipment(PPE) to six government hospitals across the country.
The PPEs included, nose masks,face shields and hand gloves,” he said. He also said during the second wave of COVID-19, the firm led an advocacy campaign that attracted the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Nurses in USA to donate 1040 packs of N 95 face shield distributed across 12 states in the country, among other interventions.
SOURCE: Nation News