I know a lot of peeps (including me) have problems with all these Naija girls that are nurses here in Yankee, and prob other foreign countries. If you look at the trend of the Nigerian divorces here in Yankee, the woman is usually a nurse…and to my own perspective, i think its cos they feel they making so much money and dont really give a F**k about whatever.
But thanks to my sister from another mama (Chizoba Anako) who is a well seasoned nurse, and she wrote an article giving a deep explanation of Naija girls and nursing programs. Pls read this, cos this is very informative
Letter to my Nigerian “Husband/Boyfriend” let me educate you” From an educated professional “Nigerian Nurse” RN, B.S.N………by Creamy
Okay so I have sat down and watched relentlessly the way “Nigerian female nurses” are portrayed and scrutinized by “Nigerian men”. I have taken it upon myself to educate my fellow Nigerian men in regards to their perception of female Nigerian nurses in America. Occasionally, I visit blogs and different websites both nationally and internationally especially Nigerian blogs, and it’s shocking to see the kind of negative image and press “Nigerian nurses” receive on a daily basis, and I mean literally. So I have decided to set the record straight.
I interviewed some of my male friends, made a few phone calls, sent out text messages, and emails and asked them, to reply in one simple sentence “Your perception of “Nigerian female nurses in America”? They replied…. “Overbearing and act like their shit don’t stink”, “cocky, arrogant to an extent, stupid to think $60,000 is a lot of money” “like to be independent”, “They think say na only them, dey make money sef”, “ I can’t stand them and their stupid 2-year degrees” “So what you be nurse, that does not equate to doctors salary abgeii”, “ After all I brought her here, and sent her to the nursing school” the emails, text messages and phone calls kept pouring in the entire day. My reply to these statements PLEASE DON’T COMPARE APPLES TO ORANGES……….
For example, lets take a 21-year old girl who lived in Ajegunle, Lagos, she manages to win the lottery and enters America and decides to go into a 2-year technical LPN program (am going to expantiate on the different levels of nursing shortly). She graduates after 2-years comes out making $54, 000 without over-time, but with over-time or 2 jobs, she is able to pull in 70-85k (dead serious) a year, obviously this is a lot of money for her considering where she comes from, so yes she is going to act like her “shit don’t, stink”, she is going to throw it in your face constantly, and act like someone died and made her queen of Sheba. On the other end you have a 21-year old girl, who enters America with a visa or lottery whatever the case might be, she lived in Lekki gets to the states and decides to enroll into a 4-year Bachelor degree program. She graduates and start earning about $74,000- 85k a year depending on her specialty (and my stats are current, 2010) this Lekki babe won’t go around acting like she is the, and I quote “shit” or her shit don’t stink, you know why? Because this is not new money to her, she grew up in a cosmopolitan and more comfortable family sector in Nigeria, comes from a very good “background” to be more specific” upper-middle class family”, she would have no superiority complex whatsoever.
The fact that most Nigerian men will go around generalizing all nurses in the same category is absurd how do you compare a 2-year Technical degree nurses character to that of a professional RN or DNP (PHD holder in nursing)? The fact is that at the end of the day “Levels dey” you can write off all nurses as been “arrogant” or going about saying what’s the “Big deal, if you make 70k a year”. Most nurses act like that based on their education level and background. One of the guys I asked about his perception of Nigerian Nurses said to me via text “ you can never take a thug out of the hood regardless of how u dress it” where is all this leading to?
Nursing as a whole is a profession and needs to be recognized as one. It is not just “money making venture” which most Nigerian men perceive it to be, and there are different categories and levels of nursing and I would love to enlighten you guys ASAP and they are as follows: and I point out my stats with salary included, in respond to one of the blogs I recently read today.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): Attended 2-year technical school ($54-60k a year)
Registered Nurse (RN): 2-year associate degree (60k-74k a year)
Registered Nurse (RN), B.S.N: 4-year Bachelor degree (74k –100k a year)
Advance Practical Nurse (APRN), MSN: 2year Masters Degree holder (96k-155k a year)
MSN, ED: 2years Maters Degree in Education (85k-100k)
DNP (Doctorate Nurse Practitioner): 2 years doctoral program (155k –250k a year)
My fellow Nigerian men I dey greet you and I say this with all respect, STOP comparing every single Nigerian nurse you see BIKO, some of us are humble and don’t need to constantly throw our profession in your face, not every Nigerian girl goes around calling their husbands/boyfriends “dead beats” because they make more than their husbands do. At the end of the day, 2 things matter FAMILY BACKGROUND and LEVEL OF EDUCATION. So enough with all these articles about Nigerian nurse this, Nigerian nurse that………I don tire with all the bashing and quite frankly irritated!!!!!!!!!!! Please stop this over generalization and the skepticism.