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Monday, 11 September 2023 07:43

2023 ONLINE LICENSING EXAMINATION BEGINS

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has begun the 2023 online licensing examinations for Auxiliary, Basic and Post Basic programmes all over the country.

A total number of 32,145 Candidates are expected to sit for the licensing examination across 88 centers in the country.

The examinations will begin today Friday, September 8, 2023 and will end on September 26, 2023.

The Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Philomina Woolley, with some Management members of the Council visited some centers in Accra on the start of the examination.

The Governing Board, Management and Staff wish the candidates the best of luck in their examination and prays for incident free examinations.

 

As part of continuous efforts to realize the Council’s vision of “optimizing the use of ICT solution in line with the 4th industrial revolution for improved nursing and midwifery regulation, the Council has begun a quality improvement workshop for examiners for the nursing and midwifery practical examination.

 

Thursday, 19 January 2023 15:43

GHANAIAN-DIASPORA NURSING ALLIANCE LAUNCHED

The Ghanaian-Diaspora Nursing Alliance (G-DNA) has been launched in Accra with the aim of serving as a bridge between Ghanaian nurses living and working in Ghana, and those in the diaspora.

Prof. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, the president of the G-DNA who is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health in Baltimore in her address said she hopes that the alliance will advance the work of nurses in the country.

She stated that the Ghanaian-Diaspora Nursing Alliance is to create local to global collaboration between nurses in Ghana and their counterparts in the Diaspora.

The Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, the Director General of Ghana Health Service said Nurses with Advanced Certificates will be promoted to make up for Europe migration. According to him, several professional nurses are migrating to Europe. This is reducing the number of professional nurses in the country.

He said that the situation has forced the Service to devise urgent measures to ensure that it augments the numbers and ensure that the country is not fully deprived when it comes to the roles that these professional nurses play in the healthcare sector. Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye added that the GHS is also working alongside other institutions to be able to put together the exact data on the impact of these migrations by the nurses.

He also stated that they are ensuring that all nurses who have legally acquired certificates in advanced studies are assessed and properly promoted so as to help with the situation.

The Acting Registrar, Mrs. Philomina Woolley in her goodwill message pledges the Council’s allegiance to support the Alliance in whatever way so as to achieve their aim.

Members of the G-DNA Executive Board are Prof. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, President and Co-Founder; Dr. Matilda Decker, Vice President and Co-Founder; Dr. Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran, Executive Director; Dr. Daniel Apau, Co-Director of Education; and Irene Fankah, co-Director of Eduction.

The rest are Evelyn Amoako, Ghana Liaison; Thomas Hinneh, Co-Director of Research and Quality Improvement; Angela Agore, Co-Director of Ressearch and Quality Improvement; Jacqueline Idun, Public Relations Officer; and Josephine Agyei, Social Media Manager.

The group also has 10-member Advisory Council including Victoria Bubunyo Bam, President, Associate Professor at the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives; Eva Mensah, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Service, Ghana Health Service; Philomina Woolley, Ag. Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council; and David Tenkorang-Twum, Secretary, GRNMA.

The others are FlorenceNaab, Dean of UG School of Nursing and Midwifery; Nancy Reynolds, Associate Dean of Global Affairs, John Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Global Initiatives; Veronica Dzomeku,Dean, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Dept. of Nursing and Midwifery, KNUST; Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, President, GRNMA; Prof. Lydia Aziato, Vice Chancellor, University of Health and Allied Sciences; and Hannah Acquah, Rector, Ghana College o Nurses and Midwives

The Registrar, Mr. Felix Nyante,  Deputy Registrar,Mrs. Philomina  Woolley  and some Senior Officers of the Council have paid a day’s working visit at the Council's Office in the Upper East Region.

Addressing the Staff,  the Registrar disclosed that the visit was to familiarize and be apprised with conditions under which the staff worked at the regional office.

He emphasized that " Management will consider the state of affairs at the regional office when planning and strategizing for the use of the Council's limited resources”.

Nursing and Midwifery practice and education reforms are one of the major priority areas in the 2021-2025 strategic plan of the Council.

To this end, the Council has set out to do the following:
1. Develop an MoU with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives to undertake joint research for midwifery development.
2. Set up Midwifery endowment fund and develop research agenda for the profession.
3. Publish midwifery research in the Council's peer-reviewed journal.

The Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council,  Mr. Felix Nyante made this known when he addressed the 13th Scientific Conference and Biennial General Conference of the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA) held in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region on Monday,  August 2, 2021.

The programme was on the theme: “Evidence from data to champion investments in midwifery; Monitor the investments for quality midwifery.”

Mr. Nyante emphasised that there was the need for a continued and stronger partnership with the Council's health partners to invest heavily in the midwifery training and practice for improved service delivery.

He urged the leadership of GRMA to develop strategic goals that were in line with the 4th Industrial Revolution

The CKT-UTAS is preparing to introduce nursing and midwifery programmes as part of its  running programmes.

This development will bring joy to the people of Upper-East region especially Navrongo as it will offer the opportunity for new students and practitioners the platform to acquire nursing and midwifery training and education.

In view of this, the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council led a team to the University to discuss the development of the curriculla for the nursing and midwifery programmes.

Mr. Nyante stressed on the need for the curriculla to be developed to employ interactive, inclusive and innovative teaching and learning techniques.

He thanked the Vice Chancellor and his team for the strong collaboration between University and the  Council .

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eric Magnus Wilson said the introduction of the nursing and midwifery programmes will
 strategically position nurses and midwives to contribute significantly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 in the region and Ghana at large.

Present at the meeting were the Acting Heads of the Nursing and Midwifery Programmes and some Management Members of the University.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council in partnership with the Human Resource Division at the Ghana Health Service will soon organize a career progression and development workshop for all nursing and midwifery practitioners.

The Registrar of the Council, Mr. Felix Nyante disclosed this during an operation visit to the Northern Region where he met students, Tutors and Nursing and Midwifery Practitioners at the following places:

1. College of Health Sciences, Yendi
2. District Hospital, Yendi
3. Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Gushegu
4. District Hospital, Gushegu

Mr. Nyante stressed that the workshop had become necessary for the Council and GHS to collaborate and sensitize practitioners on matters relating to their profession.

He noted that the workshop will be designed to provide practitioners with a structured pathway of information that encourages their development, builds their knowledge and enables them to grow personally and professionally.

Consistent with guidance from public health officials to encourage social distancing to limit the community spread of the coronavirus, the workshop will be held remotely. Nursing and Midwifery Practitioners will be sent a link to participate online.

There will be time allotted for Questions & Answers as well.
We encourage all practitioners to join when the details of the registration are made available.

Mr. Felix Nyante, Registrar of Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that the Council is in talks with the University of Development Studies, Tamale and particularly the School of Nursing and Midwifery to set up satellite campuses for practitioners in the Yendi and Gushegu Districts.

Mr. Nyante stated that one of the reasons that informed the discussion to establish the campuses in those areas was not only to make nursing and midwifery education accessible to the people alone but to cut down the hectic time students went through by travelling for long distances in search of tertiary education.

Mr. Nyante made this known at separate Staff durbars at the district hospitals in Yendi and Gushegu.

The Dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Development Studies, Dr. Vida Yakong in her address via telephone stated that the plan to set up campuses in various strategic places would allow practitioners to upgrade their nursing and midwifery education and also make it more accessible to the practitioners.

She emphasized that more training programmes will be rolled out to offer solutions to the myriad of health challenges facing the country.

As part of an operational visit, the Registrar of the Council, Mr. Felix Nyante and some Senior Staff of the Council held separate Staff and Student durbars to discuss issues relating to the regulation of nursing and midwifery training and practice.

Mr. Nyante and his team first visited the Nursing and Midwifery Training College and the district hospital in Gushegu. The team later visited the College of Health Sciences and the district hospital in Yendi.

He used the opportunity to sensitize them on the digitization of the Patient and Family Care Study which will commence this year with the Registered Mental Health Nursing candidates.

He also encouraged them to abide by the principles of clinical and academic leadership.

Staff who accompanied the Registrar also took turns to speak on issues such as Therapeutic communication in nursing and midwifery care, introduction to the NMC Mobile, Continuing Professional Development programmes, indexing process and professional competencies of nursing and midwifery practitioners.

He was then accompanied by the Principal of the School to pay a courtesy call on the Gushegu-Na where he appealed to the Chief to provide land title documentation for the school to secure their land and prevent encroachers from developing structures on the school’s land.

At Yendi, the Registrar and his team together with the Principal and some Tutors of the College of Health Sciences paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Abubakari Mahama II at his palace

The Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Mr. Felix Nyante, last Wednesday paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Abubakari Mahama II at his palace
 in Yendi.

The Registrar was accompanied by some senior Staff of the Council, Principal and some Tutors of the College of Health Sciences (CoHS)in Yendi.

The visit to Yendi was part of the Registrar’s operational visit to the Nursing and Midwifery Training Institutions in Yendi and Gushegu. He also visited the District Hospitals in the two places.

Mr. Nyante briefed Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II about his visit to the Dagbon land. He held a fruitful discussion with the Overlord and his elders.

He informed the King that, the College of Health Sciences in Yendi needed to undergo infrastructural development and requested that he used his office to reach out to benevolent organizations as well as the Presidency to develop the College to make the teaching and learning environment extraordinary.

He additionally appealed to the King to provide the school with land title documents to secure their land and protect it from encroachers.

Mr. Nyante assured the King of the Council’s maximum cooperation since he (King) had made it clear he would support the College to train more nurses and other health professionals.

Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II assured the Registrar that he would consider his appeal and ensure that his secretariat works with the authorities in the school to get their land documentation done.

The Registrar was presented with a hand-woven batakari as a gift from the King.

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