The Presbyterian University of East Africa

Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA) is an institution of higher learning located in Kikuyu and founded on the ideals of Christian transformational education, research, professional integrity, self reliance and service to God and humanity. The university is focused on becoming a world-class entrepreneurial Christian institution of higher learning. These ideals are driven by the motto of the University, “Finding New Paths” and to formally anchor this motto in the University’s values of academic excellence, freedom of thought and academic inquiry, selflessness, value addition to life, respect for self and others, morality and discipline, truth, integrity, justice, tolerance and fair play, and work as a commission to join in God’s creation.

Clive Irvine School of Community Nursing

Clive Irvine building

Clive Irvine School of Community Nursing was established as a nurse training school in 1951 as a department of PCEA (Presbyterian Church of East Africa) Chogoria Hospital, and was named after Dr. Clive Irvine, the missionary who established Chogoria Hospital. It is located on the Eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya in the Maara district, 200 km from Nairobi.

The college offers training in Kenya Registered Community Health Nursing (KRCHN) through three different programs: the 3 ½ – year regular program, the 1 ½ – year in-service program, and the two-year distance education in-service program. Clive Irvine School has a current enrollment of 155 students, and in 2014, 60 students graduated.

The nursing students go through internal clinical experience at Chogoria Hospital, external psychiatric experience at Meru Level 5 Hospital, and rural health experience at Muthambi Health Center. The students are required to maintain a “C” average or higher in their subjects, including English, biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics in order to complete their classroom portion of the nursing program.

The school abides by the vision: “To prepare and produce safe and competent professional nurses who are morally upright and spiritually sound, through provision and promotion of high quality nursing education, training and spiritual/social guidance and counseling.”

Tumutumu Nursing School

Tumutumu Nursing building

Tumutumu Nursing School was founded in 1929 in the Central Highlands of Kenya, 130 km north of Nairobi. It is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) as a connection to the Tumutumu Hospital. The school initially began as training for hospital assistants, and in 1949 began a two-year nursing program followed by midwifery training. In 1989, the school’s first community health nursing program was launched, offering certification as Kenya Enrolled Community Health Nurse (KECHN). Updates continued with the Kenya Registered Community Health Nursing (KRCHN) program launching in 2008, and a distance learning option being introduced soon after.

The nursing school is located on the campus of Tumutumu Hospital, providing students with the opportunity to work directly with patients during their training. Many of the nurses join the staff at the hospital after graduation and contribute to the reputation of skilled nursing care that attracts patients from all over the nation.

The tuition is $3,000 per year for the students, but in a country where the average annual income is about $730, most of the students are unable to afford the cost. Many rely upon scholarships in order to continue their education at the nursing school.

Tropical diseases, especially malaria and tuberculosis, have long been a public health problem in Kenya. HIV/AIDS, as in many other countries in the region, is a serious problem, contributing to poverty and a growing demand for hospitals, clinics and health care workers. Kenya has a population of 44 million and only about 9 nurses/midwives for every 10,000 people. Tumutumu is working to fulfill this health care need with a current enrollment of 220 students and a 2014 graduating class of 64 students.