Re-envisioning nursing education and practice in Nigeria for the 21st century


The paper explores the current situation and future development of nursing education and practice in Nigeria and their influence on health care. As the role of the nurse continues to expand, Nigerian nurses must be skillful in effectively using evidence-based and clinically relevant information to facilitate the best possible nursing care. Major issues and challenges in this regard are discussed with some recommendations on the way forward.

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Agbedia, C. (2012) Re-envisioning nursing education and practice in Nigeria for the 21st century. Open Journal of Nursing, 2, 226-230. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2012.23035.

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