The School of Occupational Health Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan started with the first intake of sixteen (16) students on the 10th October, 2005. This idea of a post basic nursing specializing in occupational health nursing which happens to be the first of its kind in black Africa commenced with the development of the curriculum by a committee at the instance of the office of the Deputy Director of Nursing Education, UCH, Ibadan. The curriculum was later presented to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for ratification, verification and approval.
The management of the University College Hospital, Ibadan made available all the human, financial and material resources for the take off of the school, so much that when the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria visited the school for accreditation, the school was given a provisional approval for the commencement of the programme with effect from January, 2005. However, the first set started on 10th October, 2005 with sixteen (16) students drawn from all over the federation. The department is a training institution for occupational health nurses who are already registered as nurses in Nigeria. Our aim is to prepare professional nurses who are competent and versatile to provide health care, safety and welfare for the workers in their work environment.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- Admission: The school admits students from all part of the country. Applicants must be general nurses, registered and licensed with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria; they must possess five (5) credits in the West African Secondary School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) or its equivalent.
- Learning experiences: The students are exposed to classroom teaching for the theoretical aspect of the training. Also, they are exposed to clinical practice in the occupational health clinics based various workplaces in different sections both within and outside Ibadan