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The Department of Clinical Nursing, University College Hospital is one of the leading Clinical Nursing Services in the healthcare industry in Nigeria and part of the sub-Saharan.  The Clinical Nursing Department started from Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan in 1948 when the hospital was an appendage of the University of London.  The physical development of the hospital commenced in 1953 in its present site and was formally commissioned after completion in November 20th, 1957.  The Hospital admitted its first set of patients in April 1957 and birthed the Clinical Nursing Department in the present site. Clinical Nursing is the most important feature and the bedrock of the nursing profession. Clinical Nursing is a term which describes the functions and responsibilities of a nurse engaged in providing direct services to people as opposed to the nurse whose functions and responsibilities relate to administration, education or research.

The origin of the word “Clinical” derived from a word called “clinicus”, (meaning, bedridden person) has become more broadly defined as having to do with observation and treatment of disease(s) in patient. The designation of patients also originates from a latin term meaning “to suffer”.

The Nurse at the point of care therefore provides services designed to prevent or alleviate suffering in person(s) having potential or actual disease(s); whether or not the disease is the cause of suffering. 

We are always looking to improve nursing care for all patient/client care groups.  We strive to maintain the highest standards for all our patients through effective monitoring systems/mechanisms such as the Nursing Audit and the Continuing Education Program aimed at updating the knowledge of nurses and keeping abreast of contemporary trends in nursing practice.

The Mission of the Clinical Nursing Department is to provide quality, prompt, effective, efficient and acceptable care for all the clients coming into UCH – a therapeutic environment that promotes healing, hope and dignity, unconditionally, irrespective of their creed, status or religion.  The Department also reaches out to clients, students and carries out researches relevant to nursing care.

  • To provide the highest possible quality Nursing Care which is professionally planned and directed, individualized and given without discrimination
  • To appraise all factors contributing to the nursing care of patients.
  • To be actively involved in making appropriate application of ideals in practice of nursing relative to new and changing concepts in patient care.
  • To promote satisfactory communication and productive working relationship with other health workers both within the hospital and in the community
  • To uphold and promote all hospital policies and practices as much as possible
  • To support and contribute to teaching programmes for students of Nursing, Medicine, allied profession and others
  • To participate in and support activities of education and investigation conducted in the hospital which involve nursing service activities
  • To promote studies and research in nursing practices, reporting and utilizing findings as appropriate and to effect maximum utilization of personnel
  • To promote the welfare of nursing staff through provision of reasonable institutional policies so that each employee may reach his potential to give high quality patient care
  • To provide atmosphere conducive to participation in activities of professional association.

Our values as nurses in practice have been created by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMCN) and the people of UCH. Our core values cannot be over emphasized and they include:

  • SAFETY: Professional Nurses in clinical practice are committed to safe nursing. Patient safety first.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS: Nurses in clinical practice have ownership and obligation to accept responsibility for their actions
  • INTEGRITY: Nurses at the point of care strive to do the right thing all the time; even when no one is watching.
  • HARDWORK: We achieve UCH organizational goals through dedication, loyalty and commitment
  • EXCELLENCE AND DYNAMISM: We value being the best in everything we do as nurses in clinical practice in UCH
  • PROFESSIONALSM: Professional nurses in UCH clinical practice strives to exceed expectations through knowledge and skills applications; knowing how to do, when to do it and doing it

It is worthy of mention that Clinical Nursing Department has an extra-ordinarily good-willed Workforce, with a true desire to make things better.  The nursing staff has hope and resilience; and they are patient-focused.  The Nurses have an important role to play to ensure that everyone who comes into the hospital is treated as a very important person; and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.  Our patients and clients are at the center of everything, so we constantly challenge ourselves to improve the way we deliver care.  High quality care starts from the moment a patient enters the hospital to the time he/she leaves and begins with ensuring safety.

The Clinical Nursing Department takes a zero-tolerance to infection and so provides all support we can to our ward teams in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). The department promotes positive working environment by ensuring inter-disciplinary relationships.  By working together, we can develop services that are better targeted, more effective and more likely to meet the expectations of the people who utilize our services


The In-Service Education and Training Unit is an extension of the office of the Clinical Nursing Department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan.  The Unit is headed by a Deputy Director of Nursing, a dynamic and articulate team of Assistant Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officers and Senior Nursing Officers with the prerequisite qualifications of MSN, B.NSc/BSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE); a teaching qualification required in Education.

The Services rendered by the Unit is directed towards improving standardization of Nursing Practice and effective patient care through a number of activities aimed at keeping the professional practicing nurse abreast of ethical and related issues involved in the nursing profession.  The Unit ensures progression in educational excellence of nursing by her involvement in training and retraining of staff.


  • Promotes continuing for professional learning in practicing nurses CE programs
  • Organizes Workshop/Seminars on contemporary Nursing.
  • Organizes training to build skills in the utilization of Nursing Process – a framework for practice.
  • Organizes quarterly Scientific Sessions for Senior Cadres of Nurses
  • Promotes Research –Participation in interdisciplinary researches to promote practice.
  • Facilitates orientation programs for newly employed nurses to enable them carry out their duties efficiently on the ward
  • Facilitates training of nursing students and other learners of allied professions
  • Participates in nursing students practical assessments
  • Facilitates clinical posting/placement of nursing students from the Colleges of Nursing and the Universities at local and international levels.
  • Organizes practical sessions for newly employed nurses
  • Participations in the hospital level. Reviews of job description periodically and
  • Updates Nursing skills and procedures to align with current trends
  • Participates in nursing staff assessments
  • Promotes discipline, comportment and Nursing Image
  • Advocates for attitudinal change through education to promote a positive work culture.


  • Monitors and evaluates patient care and patient promotes satisfaction
  • Checks documentation/records of care for patients
  • Interprets and promotes all hospital policies
  • Teaches Nursing procedures to maintain standard and effective patients care
  • Monitors of a conducive therapeutic environment in the Clinical Nursing Division
  • Guides and Counsels Nursing Staff and others to maintain discipline and excellent performance
  • Increases Nursing awareness on the medico-legal implications of nursing practice
  • Maintains good interpersonal relationship within all health workers, clients and their relations
  • Provides statistical data concerning manpower and material utilization
  • Receives and audits requests from other health workers, patients and relations for improved corrective measures
  • Infection Control unit has been involved daily activities; ensuring that good standard of patient care practices are carried out to minimize infections in hospitalized patients.  This will reduce long hospital stay that may be due to infections and subsequently reduce the cost to the patients and the hospital.

    Activities Include:

    • Daily visit to the wards and high risks areas to ensure ward hygiene and aseptic procedures are carried out in accordance with the hospital policy.
    • Identifying and compiling records of infected patients, arranging prompt isolation of infected patients.
    • Analyzing of nosocomial infections and dissemination of information on infection rate to the hospital authority and health care professionals.
    • Participation in orientation of newly employed nursing staff on infection control and involved in the training of Ward Assistants and Porters in various departments. The unit delivered the first scientific session lecture on Infection Control and Hospital Acquired Infections organized by In-service Education Unit this year.
    • Overseeing the environmental personnel to ensure hospital wastes are promptly collected from the clinical areas for incineration.
    • Participation in research within the department and seminars if co-opted by any department.

    Annual training on Infection Control between for health workers from different health institutions in the Country.

The Foundational Head of the Nursing Services (then called Matron) was Miss Irene Morrison (1951 – 1960).  She was followed by Miss L.E.R. Richmond (1960 – 1964).  Miss Kofoworola Pratt (1964 – 1965) was the first Nigerian Matron of the Hospital.

The Past Heads of Department of Clinical Nursing/Nursing Services are listed as follows:




Miss Irene Morrison

1951    –    1960      

Chief Matron and Substantive HOD


Miss L.E.R. Richmond

1960    –    1964    

Chief Matron and Substantive HOD


Mrs. K.A. Pratt

1964    –    1965

Chief Matron and Substantive HOD (Deceased)


Miss Noel Smith        

1965    –    1967

Chief Matron and Substantive HOD


Mrs. A.O. Ogunlana

1967    –    1977

Chief Matron and Substantive HOD


Mrs. R.O. Sofenwa

1977    –    1982

Chief Matron and Substantive HOD


Mrs. E.O. Sofekun

1982    –    1990

Asst. Director and Substantive HOD


Mrs. C.O. Sanu

1990    –    1992

Ag. Asst. Director   –     Acting HOD


Mrs. C.A. Ejumotan

1993    –    1999

Asst. Director – Substantive HOD


Mrs. T.C. Ibeziako

1999    –    2000

Ag. Asst. Director and Acting HOD


Mrs. T.O. Oyekan

2000    –    2001

Asst. Director and Substantive HOD(Deceased)


Mrs. B.M. Akinrelere

2001    –    2002

Ag.  Asst. Director and Acting HOD(Deceased)


Mrs. C.S. Williams

2002    –    2002

Asst. Director and Substantive HOD


Mrs. E.A. Awoseyi

2002    –    2007

Deputy Director and Substantive HOD


Mrs. M.O. Green

2007    –   2009

Ag. Deputy Director and Acting HOD


Mrs. E.O. Adeitan

2009    –   2010

Ag. Deputy Director and Acting HOD


Mrs. O.B. Ogunnubi

2010    –   2010

Ag. Deputy Director and Acting HOD


Mrs. C.A. Oluwole

2010    –   2010

Ag. Deputy Director and Acting HOD(Deceased)


Mrs. E.B. Oke

2010    –   2011

Ag. Deputy Director and Acting HOD


Dr. Patricia O Onianwa

2011    –   2014

Deputy Director and Substantive HODCN


Mrs. O.W. Osayuwa

2014    –   2014

Deputy Director and Substantive HODCN


Dr. Patricia O.Onianwa   

2014    –   2016

Deputy Director and Substantive HODCN


Dr. Patricia O.Onianwa

2017    – 2024

Director of Nursing Services and Substantive HOD

Listed below are the units of the department in the official arrangement and they include:

    1. Emergency Unit
    2. Operating Theatres which include the Main and Satellite theatres- Gynecology ,Emergency and Geriatric theatres
    3. Critical/Intensive Care Unit which includes the Main ICU, Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU), and Cardiac ICU
    4. Labour Ward Complex
    5. Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit
    6. Pediatrics
    7. Medical Unit
    8. Surgical Unit
    9. Neuroscience Unit
    10. Nephrology Unit
    11. Outpatient and Radiation Unit
    12. Radiation Unit
    13. Quality Improvement Unit
    14. Private Suites
    15. Nursing Records and
    16. Domestic Unit /Assistive Health

Services offered by Clinical Nursing Department

  • Accident and Emergency Nursing Services
  • Peri-operative Nursing Services
  • Critical/Intensive Care Nursing Services
  • Maternal and Child care Nursing Services
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing Services
  • Neuroscience Nursing Services
  • Nephrology Nursing Services
  • Outpatient Services
  • Radiation Nursing
  • Community Midwifery Services
  • Geriatric Nursing Services
  • Health teaching
  • Counseling services
  • Mentoring

Local/International collaboration: 

  • Nursing Service Department, UCH London
  • Lewishan Healthcare NHS Trust

Services offered by Clinical Nursing Department

  • Accident and Emergency Nursing Services
  • Peri-operative Nursing Services
  • Critical/Intensive Care Nursing Services
  • Maternal and Child care Nursing Services
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing Services
  • Neuroscience Nursing Services
  • Nephrology Nursing Services
  • Outpatient Services
  • Radiation Nursing
  • Community Midwifery Services
  • Geriatric Nursing Services
  • Health teaching
  • Counseling services
  • Mentoring

Local/International collaboration: 

  • Nursing Service Department, UCH London
  • Lewishan Healthcare NHS Trust.
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