Philosophy of the College

The philosophy of Makurdi College of Nursing Sciences is derived from a synthesis of beliefs and values shared by the Church, Government, Council, Staff, Students, and Clinical Associates concerning Christian faith, education, health, and the college. We believe that a dynamic statement of philosophy serves as the foundation for determining the nature, purposes and priorities of all programmes, activities and directions within the college.

Our philosophy is that our students should be trained in a manner that will equip them with a critical and reflective mind as the skills and aptitudes that will enable them analyze, appreciate and theorize about the fundamental dimensions of reality; and the connection of these to personal and social affairs. Our beliefs are mostly premised on the recent reform in Nigeria’s higher education and that of the health reform policies in tandem with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s education reform agenda that believes in increased institutional autonomy, quantifiable educational qualifications, greater system differentiation, strengthened governance, and mechanisms for quality assurance in line with international best practices.

Nursing education is based on Nigeria’s national policy on education. The Federal Government of Nigeria has adopted education as an instrument for national development. The nation’s philosophy of education is based on integration of individual into a sound and effective individual and provision of equal opportunities for all citizens of the nation at all levels.

The College further believes that:

  • Good health is living at the highest level of wellness which the nurse and patient can mutually determine through the nursing process.
  • Each person has physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and ethnic needs and those needs must be considered and respected in the care giving process.
  • Man is a bio-psychosocial being and that his needs are the focus of all nursing interventions.
  • Man is a worthy and unique individual who should be treated with respect and dignity regardless of racial, social, religious or economic status.
  • Dignity, worth, hopes and dreams of every individual are dynamic.
  • Nursing is a professional discipline, the members of which are recruited from highly qualified, competent persons whose practice will impact directly on patient outcomes.
  • Each discipline member should be provided with opportunities to develop greater expertise and advanced levels of practice through orientation, supervision, and performance improvement.
  • Results in both professional and personal satisfaction ultimately leads to excellence in patient care thereby supporting the commitment of the Federal and indeed Benue State government towards the provision of quality education and healthcare.
  • Preparing competent polyvalent Nurse professionals who will work as members and leaders of health team in the provision of safe, acceptable, effective and affordable health services to meet the needs of individuals, families and the community at all levels of care is cardinal.
  • Nursing is a process of interaction which aims is to assist the individual, family and community in attaining and maintaining optimal healthy living through analytic and scientific processes as well as application of appropriate knowledge, skills and experiences from related disciplines.
  • Providing liberal education by integrating arts, science, and humanities into nursing aimed at stimulating research, promoting evidence-based practice and continuous learning for enhancement of individual development.