St. Paul’s University in Kenya has forged a commitment to empowering nurses through leadership-oriented education
St. Paul’s University formally launched the inaugural class of 49 students for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Regular) program during a colorful ceremony that took place June 13 during the opening ceremonies for the 2nd annual Building Capacity for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in Africa conference. Joining in the celebration with representatives from St. Paul’s, was Dr. Mary C. Ishepe Nandili, Director of Nursing Services, Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya, Alfred Obengo, President of the National Nurses Association of Kenya, Edna Tallam, CEO/Registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya, and Lisa Cole, Director, MBF’s Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development.
It was a momentous occasion for the university and a triumph for the country. Of the 121 accredited nursing/midwifery training institutions in Kenya, St. Paul’s becomes the 26th to offer a direct entry BScN training program. This is vital in helping address the acute nursing workforce shortage in Kenya, but most importantly in graduating nurses who are best prepared to care for the ever-increasing complex disease burden in the country.
The goal of the university’s BScN program is to prepare nurses at degree level with professional competence, the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to function effectively within a multidisciplinary healthcare team. St. Paul’s program will provide holistic training in nursing practice, administration, education, research, and leadership as well as teaching on the issues of ethics, integrity and faith that tie to the university’s Christian identity.
According to Professor Charity Irungu, DVC Academic Affairs, Department of Development Studies for St. Paul’s, developing the nursing program was a long journey that began nearly five years ago led by a drive to complete the university’s mission of developing servant leaders and imparting knowledge, skills and values through creative methods of education, research and Christian spiritual formation. They plan to support the nursing professionals in Kenya by not only training quality nurses and releasing them to potential hospitals but also providing leadership training and support to those nurses currently in the workforce.
Recently St. Paul’s has developed, in collaboration with the National Nurses Association of Kenya, a program for practicing nurses – a Diplomat Nursing Leadership and Management Academic Program – that is targeted to begin in August. It will help fill in the gaps for leadership and management training for current nurses to further improve the overall quality of healthcare throughout Kenya.
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Yours in Nursing,
Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
Director, Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development
MBF/Medical Benevolence Foundation