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What is the Salary of a Registered Nurse in Nigeria

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Are you planning on studying Nursing as a course in the university and you are wondering how much do registered nurses make in Nigeria. The average salary of a Registered Nurse in Nigeria is one of the things people ask me via mail, that was the reason why I decided to find out the amount of money a Registered Nurse make in a month.

Nursing is known to be one of the best profession in Nigeria where you can make money from and it is known to be one of the most sought after profession in Nigeria. So if you are planning on choosing Nursing as your desired profession then do not hesitate.

Who is a Nurse?

According to International Council of Nurses (ICN), a Nurse is a person who has completed a program of basic, generalized nursing education and is authorized by the appropriate regulatory authority to practice nursing in his/her country. ICN further explained that, this individual must be prepared and licensed; to practice the general scope of nursing which includes promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of physically ill, mentally ill and disabled of all ages in all settings; to carry out health care teaching; to actively participate in the health care team; and to be involved in research

What are the Functions of a Nurse?

The primary role of a nurse is to advocate and care for individuals and support them through health and illness. However, there are various other responsibilities of a nurse that form a part of the role of a nurse which include to:

  • Record medical and family histories of the patient
  • Note down the symptoms of the patient
  • Collaborate with teams to plan for patient care
  • Advocate for the health and wellbeing of patients
  • Monitor patient health and record vital signs
  • Administer medications and treatments
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Educate patients about management of illnesses
  • Provide support and advice to patients

How to become a Registered Nurse in Nigeria?

It is not easy to become a registered nurse in Nigeria. First, you need to write SSCE and have a minimum of credit in the major science subjects which include; Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Secondly, choose a university of your choice and apply for JAMB.

You can become a registered nurse in Nigeria by either applying for School of Nursing, School of Basic midwifery or a University approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) as well as the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The school of Nursing is a 3-year program and that of the university is a 5-year program. Once you have pass all the requirements needed to become a registered nurse you will be awarded a Registered Nurse (RN) certificate or license in the school of nursing as well as in the university. The school of basic midwifery offers a training package that trains midwives for a period of three years.

The training in the School of nursing is a hospital-based one and it leads to the award of a Certificate in General Nursing.

The program is designed to allow the nursing student to learn in the classroom for half of the period of the training, and the other half the students are on clinical postings.

Nurses who trained in the Nigerian universities are awarded of both professional certifications, and a bachelor degree. This pathways allocates more time to learning classroom for student nurses, and less for clinical postings, as compared to the earlier mention training pathways.

In the fourth year of their study, student nurses attempt the professional examination for the award of a Certificate in General Nursing (RN) and, in the fifth year, they study Midwifery, and Public Health Nursing, which is optional.

At the end of the fifth year, they would attempt the professional examinations, that would certify them as midwives (RM) and public health nurses (RPH).

In addition to these professional certifications, they are also awarded a bachelor degree.

Hence, an overall qualification of “RN, RM, RPH, BNsc”.

Internship: Upon graduation, they are expected to undergo a compulsory one-year internship program, which is designed to ground them in clinical experience, improve their clinical skills and give them the opportunity to relate with other professional nurses, after which they would then receive their license to practice as a nurse.

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC): NYSC is a one-year service year where you are expected to serve your motherland. Ideally, you will be posted to a hospital in the area you are posted to. Wether you went to school of Nursing or the University, you can enroll yourself into the NYSC program unlike that of Internship which is meant for those who attended Nursing through the University program

Differences between school of Nursing and Nursing in the University?

  • Nursing is a 3-year program in school of Nursing while it is a 5-year program in the university
  • Only RN certificate and license are issued in school of nursing while in the university, you will be given RN certificate, license and a Bachelor degree of Nursing certificate.

However, someone who attends school of nursing can also be awarded Bachelor degree of Nursing certificate, all the person needs to do is to apply for Direct Entry (DE) in Nursing to a University of his or her choice. If you apply through DE, you will only do Nursing in that University for 4years instead of 5years

Places where Registered Nurses (RNs) can work?

Most of the time, registered nurses (RN) work for hospitals or medical clinics. They may also work for other organizations, such as outpatient facilities, rehabilitation centers, or senior centers. Their main job is to promote wellness and health.

What is the Salary of a Registered Nurse in Nigeria?

We are going to be looking at the salary of a Nurse in 2 different dimensions

  • Salary of a Nurse in Federal or Government hospital and
  • Salary of a Nurse in Private hospital

Salary of a Nurse in Federal or Government hospital

  • 0 to 2 years of experience: N75,000 to 90,000
  • 2 to 5 years of experience: N90,000 to 150,000
  • 5 years and above: Minimum of N150,000

Salary of a Nurse in Private hospital

  • 0 to 2 years of experience: N50,000 to 80,000
  • 2 to 5 years of experience: N80,000 to 130,000
  • 5 years and above: Minimum of N130,000

Now let me quickly tell you the salary of a nurse intern

Salary of an Intern Nurse

The salary of an intern nurse is N120,000. However, if you are doing your internship at any of the state HMBs (Hospital Management Boards), expect your salary to be at N75,000 to N90,000. You read more about internship for Nursing students here.

Note: These above salaries of Nurses in the federal and private hospitals are tentative, but these are what majority of the hospitals in Nigeria pay their Nurses. Every management determines what to pay its employees.

The salary structure for Nurses in Nigeria is based on two main standards:

  1. Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) which is for hospitals and
  2. Consolidated University Academic structure (CONAUSS) for Nurses in the academic sector.

However, for the public health sector nurses in Nigeria, the income is relatively stable as they are paid on a standard salary scale called CONHESS (Consolidated Health Salary Structure).

The pay scale for nurses in Nigeria according to National salaries income and wages commission (2009) is summarised in the table below

StructureMonthly Pay
CONHESS 7N80,000
CONHESS 8N90,000
CONHESS 9N100,000
CONHESS 10N120,000
CONHESS 11N150,000
CONHESS 12N180,000
CONHESS 13N230,000
CONHESS 14N280,000
CONHESS 15N350,000

Many individuals rush into the Nursing profession because of the supposed mouthwatering salary Nurses are believed to receive. Nigeria is one of the countries that doesn’t value there Nurses and the salary of Nigerian nurses isn’t encouraging.

Having looked at the different factors that determine the amount of salary earned by Nurses, these criteria do not guarantee a stipulated salary as the amount earned differs for individuals. Meanwhile, it is important to note that Nurses salary in Nigeria varies across states and hospitals, leaving Nurses who work in Government institutions earning more than those who work in most private health institutions.

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