Nursing Services Department

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Mrs T Agbele
Deputy Director of Nursing Services

Welcome to nursing service department of Federal Medical Centre Asaba. The department was created along with other departments in 1998 when the hospital was taken over by the Federal Ministry of Health. It has over four hundred (400) registered nurses with three hundred and four (304) bed spaces.


The department believes that humans are biopsychosocial beings; as such provides care/services that would meet the physical, social, mental and spiritual needs of the individual accessing care in the Centre and beyond.


The department also believes that care for the sick, families and friends should be individualized, negotiated (informed choice), planned and prioritized, as well as holistic. Services are provided to prevent illness, promote health, restore health and rehabilitate clients. We apply both nursing theories as well as psychosocial theories when providing care to our clients. One of such theories is Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.


The department also adopts biological principles that aid provision of adequate and evidence based quality care to her clients, centered on patients' satisfaction.


Mission of the Department 

To provide quality, planned, individualized, holistic, and evidence based care to our clients, using nursing process and theories.


Vision of the Department 

To create favourable environment for nursing staff to practise innovatively, learn continuously and remain motivated at providing excellent, efficient and effective nursing care to clients and their families.


 Categories of Staff

1.       Director of Nursing Services (DNS)

2.       Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS)

3.       Assistant Director of Nursing Services (ADNS)

4.       Chief Nursing Officers (CNO).

5.       Assistant Chief Nursing Officers (ACNO)

6.       Principal Nursing Officers (PNO)

7.       Senior Nursing Officers (SNO)

8.       Nursing officers 1

9.       Nursing officers 11

10.   Health Assistants

11.   CSSD Assistants/porters/ cleaners.

Values and Respect


  • We value and respect: 
  • Our profession and its uniqueness, our hospital's mission, vision and values. . Our clients, their families, co-workers and the community/communities we serve; with regards to individual's rights, peculiarities, privacy and diversity in culture.
  • The human spirit and the importance of patient's input into the decision. making and their choice of care.
  • Our multidisciplinary team approach with regards to respectful care delivery, open communication, innovative ideas and attainment of set goals.
  • Patients' bill of right. 
  • Nurses, their experiences, knowledge and competencies.




  • The department has staff nurses in all areas of specialization in nursing in Nigeria. We provide services that meet the physical, social, mental and spiritual needs of our clients. Some of these services include:
  • Physical (Head-to-toe) assessment of patients on admission. patient's need assessment
  • Focused and ongoing assessment of patients throughout admission period. Use of nursing process to prioritize and individualize care provided to our clients
  • Collaborating with other health care professionals in ensuring patients receive holistic care.
  • Creating therapeutic environment. Keeping adequate records of patient's drugs, instruments, equipment and care provided to patients.
  • Collecting and maintaining accurate data for hospital statistics and research purposes. Identifying, documenting changes in health status which interferes with client's ability to meet basic needs.
  • Monitoring and evaluating client's care. 
  • Providing emergency nursing services.
  • Conducting family planning services, antenatal care, delivery services and postnatal care.
  • Providing wound care to patients. Ensuring patient's safety.
  • Client teaching, counseling, discharge advice and follow-up care.
  • Monitoring patients' lab results and reporting abnormal to as necessary and promptly.
  • Ensuring general organization and management of patient's wards and clinics. 
  • Provision of medication and dietary guides to our patients. 
  • Conducting research that would help improve outcome of nursing care.
  • Nursing audit and Performance evaluation.


Training / Seminars Awards

The department conducts clinical training for nursing students of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and generic nurses on internship. The department also grants support-training to students of school of midwifery Asaba and others. 

Several seminars in core nursing and health specialties have been organized by the department, including the MCPD programs.

Units in the Department

  • Accident & Emergency (A&E)
  • Amenity Ward
  • Anesthetic Ward
  • Antenatal Clinic
  • Antenatal Ward
  • Children Emergence
  • Children outpatient clinic
  • Children ward 1
  • Children ward 11
  • Central surgical sterilization unit
  • Eye clinic
  • Family planning clinic
  • Female medical ward I
  • Female medical ward 11
  • Female Orthopaedic ward (FOW)
  • Female surgical ward (FSW)
  • General outpatient department (GOPD)
  • Gynaecology unit
  • Intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Immunization unit
  • Injection room
  • Labour ward
  • Mental health clinic
  • Male medical ward! (MMW)
  • Male medical ward 11
  • Male orthopedic ward 1 (MOW)
  • Male surgical ward 1 (MSW)
  • Male surgical ward 11
  • Main theatre
  • NHIS Clinic Neonatal unit
  • Neonatal unit (NNU)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Emergency (O&G E)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology theatre (O&G Theatre)
  • Pathology unit
  • Post Natal Ward (PNW)
  • Post-Surgical Ward (PSW)
  • Public Health Clinic (PHC)
  • Renal Clinic (RC) 
  • Out-Station: Federal Secretariat Clinic.