The Nigerian University Nursing Students Association, LASU Chapter (NUNSA LASU), held its first symposium of its maiden NUNSA week on the 3rd of December 2018 at the Lecture theater of the Lagos state university college of medicine with over 150 students in attendance.
The NUNSA WEEK is a week event celebrated by undergraduate nursing students in every University in Nigeria to mark the end of every administrative tenure.
In a statement made available to Thesheet.ng, Vice President NUNSA-LASU, Jombo Paul, said the theme of the symposium, “Nursing In The 21st Century: Advancing Practice Through Education and Innovation” was coined out of the need to inspire nursing students at Lagos state university to look into the next line of development of their profession.
The sub theme of the symposium, “Entrepreneurship in Nursing”, was aimed at equipping student nurses with the capacity and ideas to be self employed even in the bid of becoming a 21st century Nurse, something which has become necessary following a close study of the ratio of graduates released into the labour market and job opportunities available.
The Provost of the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Professor Anthonia Ogbera, The former Vice Chancellor Lagos state University, Professor John Obafunwa, The Dean Faculty of Clinical science, Professor Awobusuyi,The Head of Department of Nursing,Dr.Bola Ofi, The Director of Nursing Services Lagos State were the Special guests of Honor at the maiden event.
The Guest Lecturer, Dr. Dorothy Titilayo of the Department of nursing University of Ibadan, spoke on the main theme while Dr John Theresa, Head of department of Pharmacology and also the course coordinator for entrepreneurship at the college of medicine took the lecture on the sub theme.
Speaking, Dr. Titilayo told the student nurses to focus on the next line of development of the nursing profession, while harping on the need for hard work and discipline in student innovation and collaboration with other health workers.
She also encouraged student nurses to be patient and focused in order to edify the nursing profession.
After the first lecture, newly elected executive of NUNSA-LASU for the next administrative tenure led by Comrade Ayangbemi Taofeek, were inaugurated.
Delivering the Sub theme lecture, Dr. John showed over 60 opportunities available in Nursing that could be exploited by student nurses while encouraging the students to think out of the box.
The symposium which was the formal opening of the Maiden NUNSA week was brought to an end by goodwill messages that was given by the various guests present at the symposium, after which the vote of thanks was taken by Paul Jombo, Chairman, Symposium Subcommittee.