Core Values

  • Accountability.
  • Consultation.
  • Gender sensitiveness.
  • Inclusiveness.
  • Innovativeness.
  • Integrity and objectivity.
  • Learning organization.
  • Mutual respect.
  • Networking and collaborating.
  • Professionalism.
  • Service above self.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Transparency.

Professional Regulation

  • Is the means by which order, consistency and control are brought to a profession and its practice (ICN 1987).
  • It is a collective privilege of a profession to regulate itself (guiding and controlling the profession) both training and practice.

Purpose of professional Regulation

  • To protect the public from unsafe practices.
  • To ensure quality of Nursing services.
  • To foster the development of the profession.
  • To confer responsibility, accountability, identity and status of the Nurses/Midwifery.

What is regulated?

  • Person providing the service, e.g. Nurses, Midwives, Doctors or other health care team members/providers.
  • Educational programmes preparing providers of health care e.g. colleges, Universities and schools of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Health Care facilities or Agencies offering services to consumers.

How is regulation effected?

  • Registration.
  • Accreditation.
  • Certification.
  • Licensure.
  • Recognition/approval.
  • Qualification.
  • Other means/Terms approved by the UNMC.

Forms of regulation
These May be external or internal:


This is when the profession and its practice is controlled by duly constituted authorities outside the profession e.g. the police force which has a right to prosecute any Nurse or Midwife found in possession of stolen drugs, swapping babies, etc…


Also known as self regulation. This is governance of Nurses/midwives by Nurses within the profession. This is where the UNMC operates its mandate.