The school was established in July 1952 with the objective of training highly versatile professional nurses to meet the fundamental health needs in Nigeria as well as coping with emerging challenges in the international world. The School of Nursing when founded in 1952 had a temporary site at Eleiyele in Ibadan. It was moved to the present location in 1957 after the openings of the 1st Nigerian University teaching Hospital in Ibadan. At inception the school admitted 11 candidates for a training that spanned 3 ½ years.
The school admission rose to between 60 and 70 candidates per set and received two intakes annually, while the years of training was reduced to three. The number of intakes was later reduced to fifty with one intake per annum in line with the stipulations of the Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- Curriculum development for Basic General Nursing.
- Training of General Nursing students and Standardization of nursing clinical procedures
- Planning for and maintenance of the school’s accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
- Welfare and discipline of Nursing Students
- Continuing appraisal and education of staff
CORE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- Screening and selection of new students.
- Curriculum review and maintenance of question banks.
- Development and maintenance of audio-visual material and laboratory equipments.
- Theoretical teaching of basic nursing and related courses.
- Practical demonstration and clinical supervision of students.
- Supervision of research projects/care studies.
- Organization and coordination of seminars, workshops and conferences for students and staff development.
- Guidance of Nursing Student’s association activities.
- Running and maintenance of the nurses' home.
- Supervision of clerical and domestic staff.
- Recommendation for recruitment and promotion of staff.