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Keywords : Unemployment; Nursing; Midwifery; Opportunity; Remuneration; Facilities;

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Background: The quacking controversy that trailed the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria's (N&MCN) release of a “License Community Nurse (LCN)” circular (Ref No. N&MCN/SG/RO/CIR/24/VOL.4/152 dated March 3, 2020) which conveyed the intention of the council to lower the existing standard of nursing education for the LCN programme that will take secondary school leavers at least a credit in English and Biology to be admitted into and two years to complete, and inter alia blamed the crude situation and abysmal performance of the Nigerian Primary Healthcare (PHC) system in the community settings on mass migration of Nurses & Midwives to urban areas and to other countries prompted UGONSA to initiate this survey to empirically determine whether there are indeed a shortage of Nurses & Midwives to fill the manpower need of the Nigerian PHC system in the community settings or not, or whether the shortage is as a result of the deliberate age-long policy of attrition and displacement of Nurses & Midwives from the PHC system in the community settings and their replacement with Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) [who do not have nursing education, training, skills or the ethical leaning to be responsible and accountable for nursing & midwifery services] by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA). Objective: The main aim of the study was to determine if there is a shortage of nurses that could fill the nursing needs of the PHC system in the community settings. The study also sought to compile the list of unemployed and underemployed Nurses & Midwives and to find out if unemployed Nurses & Midwives are willing to work in the community settings if the opportunity to serve the PHC system in the community setting is offered to them by the NPHCDA. The study further sought to determine the ratio of unemployed Nurses & Midwives in relation to the possible number of graduates that can be licensed by the N&MCN in a session. Methods: Using Google forms an online compilation was carried out from March 7 to April 08, 2020, in a descriptive survey of unemployed Nurses & Midwives that could be reached online within the timeline. Names, Phone numbers, State of Residence, Year of Graduation, Qualification(s), and how long they have remained unemployed after graduation were compiled. In addition, two questions were asked about the objective of the study. Analysis of data was done via Google forms statistical tools.

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