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EDITORIAL COMMENT

E1. LAUTECH Journal of Nursing (LJN) has the goal of becoming the most widely cited Nursing Journal in West Africa.

2. The LJN has the tripartite mission of: (a) Promoting a culture of excellence in Nursing Research. (b) Encouraging the exchange of profound and innovative ideas capable of generating creative practice in nursing research practise. (c) Disseminating information on nursing related development that are not usually easily available to academics and practitioners.

3. The Journal will accordingly encourage the publication of the following categories of papers. (a) Research papers that move away from orthodoxy and which really break new grounds in terms of methodology and findings. (b) Essays and issues papers that contribute to re-orienting received ideas, values and practices. (c) Documents emanating from national and international conferences, as well as from large scale research work that emerging trends and thinking in nursing related development.

4. LJN is published biannually in any area of nursing interest or relevant to needs of academics and practitioners. In this volume, nineteen (19) papers scale through the eye of the needle of the Editor-in Chief. The title of the papers in this edition are: Psychosocial consequences of infertility on men in a tertiary institution in Benin City, Nigeria; Perception, attitude and practice of cervical screening among nurses in Adeoyo maternity hospital Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria; Factors affecting non-compliance to treatment regimen among diabetic patients in a secondary health facility in Ondo State, Nigeria; Use of Long-Lasting Insecticides Treated Net (LLIN) for malaria prevention among pregnant women in Lagos, Nigeria; Self-medication practices among security personnel working in the main campus of Ahamadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria; Family health as determinant of maternal and child health; assessment of cigarette smoking among undergraduate students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Predictors of postpartum depression among nursing mothers attending immunization clinic in Lagos, Nigeria; Factors influencing career choice among students of the school of Nursing and Midwifery in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria; Knowledge and utilization of HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) among adolescents in Ondo State, Nigeria; Pain assessment tools in Paediatrics: a systematic literature review; Knowledge and hygiene practice among butchers working at abattoir Zangon Shanu Sabongari Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Nigeria; Sexuality education and achievement of National Policy on Education objectives among secondary schools’ students in Egor Local Government Area; Management styles as correlates of nurses’ retention at work: a cross-sectional survey of nurses in Ghana; burden and coping strategies of parents of children undergoing surgery in a tertiary hospital in Nigeria; Ocular trauma knowledge and prevention practice among public primary school teachers in Egor Local Government Area, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria; Choice of birth place among women in Abayo central community, Ogbe-Obi, Delta State, Nigeria; Knowledge and perception of dengue among staff nurses in selected health institutions in Benin-City, Edo State Nigeria and Knowledge of psychological distress and post-partum blues among pregnant women in Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria.