Clinical Nursing

The University College Hospital Clinical Nursing Department started from Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan in 1948 when the hospital was an appendage of the University of London.  The physical development of the hospital commenced in 1953 in its present site and was formally commissioned after completion in November 20th, 1957.  The Hospital admitted its first set of patients in April 1957.
Clinical Nursing is a term which describes the functions and responsibilities of a nurse engaged in providing direct services to people as opposed to the nurse whose functions and responsibilities relate to administration, education or research.
            The origin of the word “Clinical” derived from a word called “clinicus”, (meaning, bedridden person) has become more broadly defined as having to do with observation and treatment of disease(s) in patient.  The designation of patients also originates from a latin term meaning “to suffer”.
            The nurse clinician therefore provides services designed to prevent or alleviate suffering in person(s) having potential or actual disease(s); whether or not the disease is the cause of suffering.  Clinical Nursing is about the nursing of persons whose problems are associated with pathophysiology.
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT:
                The Mission of the Clinical Nursing Department is to provide quality, prompt, effective, efficient and acceptable care for all the clients coming into UCH - a therapeutic environment that promotes healing, hope and dignity, unconditionally, irrespective of their creed, status or religion.  The Department also reaches out to clients, students and carries out researches relevant to nursing care.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT

  1. To provide the highest possible quality Nursing Care which is professionally planned and directed, individualized and given without discrimination
  2. To appraise all factors contributing to the nursing care of patients.
  3. To be actively involved in making appropriate application of ideals in practice of nursing relative to new and changing concepts in patient care.
  4. To promote satisfactory communication and productive working relationship with other health workers both within the hospital and in the community
  5. To uphold and promote all hospital policies and practices as much as possible
  6. To support and contribute to teaching programmes for students of Nursing, Medicine, allied profession and others
  7. To participate in and support activities of education and investigation conducted in the hospital which involve nursing service activities
  8. To promote studies and research in nursing practices, reporting and utilizing findings as appropriate and to effect maximum utilization of personnel
  9. To promote the welfare of nursing staff through provision of reasonable institutional policies so that each employee may reach his potential to give high quality patient care
  10. To provide atmosphere conducive to participation in activities of professional association

REBIRTH OF EXCELLENCE

WHO WE ARE

Clinical Nursing Department, UCH is one of the leading Clinical Nursing Services in the healthcare industry.  Our nursing services are available to patients and/or clients across wider catchment area.
What we are
            We are always looking to improve nursing care for all patient/client care groups.  We strive to maintain the highest standards for all our patients through effective monitoring systems/mechanisms such as the Nursing Audit and the Continuing Education Program aimed at updating the knowledge of nurses and keeping abreast of contemporary trends in nursing practice.  The idea of In-Service Education is building nursing practice and a “total” nurse is promoted in this unit.
Services provided to all patients/clients in accordance with the philosophy and objectives of the department include the following:

  • Accident and Emergency Nursing Services
  • Peri-operative Nursing Services
  • Critical/Intensive Care Nursing Services
  • Maternal and Child care Nursing Services
  • Medical - Surgical care services
  • Neuroscience Nursing Services
  • Nephrology Nursing Services
  • Outpatient Services
  • Community Midwifery Services
  • Geriatric Nursing Services (Soon to commence)

Vision and Mission Statement of Clinical Nursing Department

  • To provide the highest possible quality Nursing Care which is professionally planned and directed, individualized and given without discrimination.
  • To be actively involved in making appropriate application of ideals in practice of nursing relative to new and changing concepts in patient care.
  • To appraise all factors contributing to the nursing care of patients.
  • To uphold and promote all hospital policies and practices as much as possible.
  • To promote satisfactory communication and productive working relationship with other health workers both within the hospital and in the community.

CORE VALUES

Our values have been created by the people of UCH and this current management has given us freedom to manage our own affairs and serve our community.  Our core values cannot be over emphasized and they include:

  • Quality Patient Care/Continuous Quality Improvement.
  • Promoting core nursing values and ethics.
  • Promoting positive attitude to work/work culture and evidence-based practice.
  • Organizational vision/goals and strive to achieve them.
  • Positive working environment
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Professionalism.

It is worthy of mention that Clinical Nursing Department has an extra-ordinarily good-willed
work force with a true and heartfelt desire to make things better.  The nursing staff has hope and resilience; and they are patient-focused.  The nurses have an important role to play to ensure that everyone who comes into the hospital is treated as a very important person; and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.  Our patients and clients are at the centre of everything, so we constantly challenge ourselves to improve the way we deliver care.  High quality care starts from the moment a patient enters the hospital to the time he/she leaves and begins with ensuring safety.
The Clinical Nursing Department takes a zero-tolerance to infection and so provides all support we can to our ward teams in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs).
The department promotes positive working environment by ensuring inter-disciplinary relationships.  By working together, we can develop services that are better targeted, more effective and more likely to meet the expectations of the people who utilize our services.
Best wishes.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT UNITS

This unit is an extension of the office of the Clinical Nursing Department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan.  The Unit is headed by an Assistant Director of Nursing and a dynamic and articulate team of Chief Nursing Officers and Principal Nursing Officers.
The Services rendered by the UNit is directed towards improving standardization of Nursing Practice and effective patient care through a number of activities aimed at keeping the professional practicing nurse abreast of ethical and related issues involved in the nursing profession.  The Unit ensures progression in educational excellence of nursing by her involvement in training and retraining of staff.
 
Activities:

  • Promotes continuing  for  professional learning in practicing nurses CE programs
  • Organizes Workshop/Seminars on contemporary Nursing.
  • Organizes training to build skills in the utilization of Nursing Process – a framework for practice.
  • Organizes quarterly Scientific Sessions for Senior Cadres of Nurses
  • Promotes Research –Participation in interdisciplinary researches to promote practice.
  • Facilitates orientation programmes for newly employed nurses to enable them carry out their duties efficiently on the ward
  • Facilitates training of  nursing students (BNSC, State School of Nursing) and other learners of allied professions
  • Facilitates clinical posting/placement of nursing students from the Colleges of Nursing and the Universities at local and international levels.
  • Organizes practical sessions for newly employed nurses
  • Reviews and updates job descriptions and nursing procedures
  • Participation in nursing staff assessments
  • Participation in nursing students practical assessments
  • Promotes discipline, comportment and Nursing Image
  • Advocates for attitudinal change through education to promote a positive work culture.