A five-day series of visits to hospitals across Southeastern Nigeria in celebration of International Nurses Day (IND) 2019

The aim of this programme was to create an opportunity to talk to nurses about the Importance of Clinical Research in Nursing and Roles of The Global Health Network/Global Research Nurses on improving research knowledge and skills amongst nurses where all of the nurses are gathered. We also chose this period because there are activities in the clinical settings annually to mark IND.

The series of events began on 10th April 2019 where our Global Research Nurses Regional Coordinator for Nigeria, Ralueke Ekezie, made a Presentation at Anambra state MCPDP workshop organized by Nursing and midwifery Council of Nigeria, attended by 300 Nurses.

A total of five hospitals were visited during this period. On Tuesday 7th May 2019: a presentation was made to the entire nursing community at National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu State, attended by 72 nurses. 

On 13th May 2019 Ralueke travelled to Imo state where he presented to the nurses at Federal Medical center Owerri which was attended by over 60 nurses.

On Tuesday 14th May 2019, Ralueke participated in a road walk organized by the hospital and then made a presentation to the nurses at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu State introducing the Global Research Nurses platform and objectives to an audience of 300 nurses. 

On Wednesday 15th May 2019, Ralueke travelled onwards to Anambra state to present to students and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, Ihiala Anambra State attended by 150 nurses and nursing students. 

Thursday 16th of May 2019, Ralueke presented the Global Research Nurses platform to various staff groups at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi including 70 Senior Nurses. 

A workshop focusing on 'Entrepreneurship and Home-Based Care' was organized by the Nursing Administration and Management Unit of Department of Nursing sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in Collaboration with Blue Torch Home Care Limited which was held on 19th and 20th June 2019. Ralueke introduced The Global Health Network and associated Global Research Nurses initiative to an audience of 150 nurses.

These seminars and workshops were sponsored by Global Research Nurses and were free to attend by nurses in the various hospitals. Previous meetings were scheduled and held with the Head of Nursing services (HNS)/Directors of Nursing at these various hospitals and helped to secure a 1 hour presentation session in the event programme. 

We offer our sincere thanks to Ralueke Ekezie (CEO, Blue Torch Home Care Limited) for his efforts to promote Global Research Nurses and for providing this report.