The School of Nursing is an integral part of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, (NAUTH), Nnewi.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital started as a Community Hospital and later became a General Hospital in 1990. The General Hospital was upgraded to Anambra State University of Technology Teaching Hospital (ASUTECH). Thereafter, its name was changed to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) when it was taken over by the Federal Government in 1992.
The preliminary preparations for the take off of the school began in April, 2000 and culminated in the official commissioning of the school by the then Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya. Lectures for the pioneer student (30 in number) started in October, 2000. Since then, the school has gone on to admit students every year.
The staff of this school believe that the basic course in nursing is a formal education programme which should be based on sound educational principles. The motto of the school being “Excellence in Nursing Education” while the vision of the school in line with the reforms in Nursing Education Practice and Research, is “To train nurses that will be polyvalent in nature who will be able to withstand the societal challenges and demands in Nursing Profession.
The school which commenced in 2000 is located in Nnewichi, Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State on the popular old Onitsha Road, Nnewi. Bounded in the North by Ichi and Oba towns in Idemili South Local government Area, in the east by Oraifite town in Ekwusigo Local Government Area and in the West by Nnobi town in Idemili South Local Government Area. Nnewi has a population of one hundred and twenty one thousand and sixty-five (121,065) with households of twenty five thousand, seven hundred and nineteen (25,719) according to National Population Commission (2006). The town is popularly referred to as the Japan of Africa because of the high level in trade of Auto parts dealers and other construction activities. Nnewi has four main villages namely Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewichi.
4. AIM OF THE SCHOOL
– To develop in the student the ability to meet the patient as a person with a family and as a member of the community.
– To help the student to acquire a knowledge of her professional responsibility in giving quality care to consumers.
– To help the student to acquire up-to-date information in regards to the trends, like research, in the profession and opportunity to improve in the profession.
– To foster excellence in nursing education.
5. OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHOOL
- To develop an understanding of the concept of comprehensive Nursing Care.
- To acquire an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional and social adjustment required of an individual who become sick.
- To develop skill required for meeting the needs of patients
- To acquire knowledge of the principles of Nursing administration and an understanding of how these are applied in administration of ward and health unit.
- To acquire an understanding of the processes in medical services in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases.
- To participate in research and utilize research findings
6. VISION AND MISSION OF THE SCHOOL
- To train polyvalent nurses who will be able to withstand the societal challenges and demands on the nursing profession. And to participate in research and utilize research findings.
7. PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL
The school’s educational philosophies are as follows:
- We believe that the basic course in Nursing is a formal educational programme based on sound educational principles.
- We believe that the basic course in Nursing should prepare nurses for first level positions in Nursing in both the hospital and community.
- We belief that the practice of Nursing requires good understanding of basic scientific principles, bearing in mind that the health consumers expectation are high and that they are more knowledgeable of their legal heights than even before.
- We recognize the interdependence of Nursing and allied professions in promoting and restoring health.
- We believe that we have a responsibility in helping student develop pride in the profession and guiding her with respect to his/her future in Nursing.
- We believe that the above expectations cannot be without the knowledge of God, the Giver of wisdom.