The Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) has been inaugurated at a colourful ceremony in the Great Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.
The College has a sixteen member Governing Council including the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana, Mr. Felix Nyante. Other Governing Council members who are associated with the N&MC are; Mrs. Joyce Jetuah, Dr. Ernestina Donkor, Mr. Kwaku Asante-Krobeah, Mr. George Kumi Kyeremeh (All members of the 12th Governing Board of N&MC) and Mrs. Ruth Gyang, a former Registrar.
At the same ceremony, three hundred and thirty (330) foundation fellows made up of young, old and very old nurses and midwives were inducted into the College as foundation fellows. They included the current Chairman of the 12th Governing Board of the Council, Hajia Mariama Sumani, some Board members; Mesdames Alice Asare-Allotey, Peace Ivy Ananga, Doris Grace Kpongboe among others and two former Registrars of the Council, namely; Mrs. Henrietta Owusu and Rev. Veronica Darko.
Officials of the six consultancy firms contracted by the Council to organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes for Nurses and Midwives have cited the Council’s credibility as very helpful in attracting patrons to their programmes.
The consultancy firms are; Medical and Surgical Skills Institute (MSSI), The Health Institute, STREC, FOCOS, Africa Partners Medical, Ghana and Princefield College.
“In fact, when they get to know that the Council is behind the workshop they apply in their numbers”. This statement was made by the representative of MSSI, one of the consultancy firms, Mr. Kwame Agyire-Tettey at a meeting held to review their activities during the year 2014.
Among the several policies implemented by the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to reduce child morbidity and mortality in the country is the training of more Paediatric nurses to offer quality healthcare services to children and their families.
Eighty-six (86) Paediatric nursing students made up of seventy-seven (77) females and nine (9) males have sat for this year’s Paediatric Nursing Licensing Examination .
This is the third cohort of Paediatric Nursing students who have sat for the licensing examination conducted by the NMC.
Since the introduction of the Paediatric Nursing programme and the conduct of the maiden Licensing examination in 2013, 132 Paediatric nurses have been licensed to practice. It is expected that the 86 candidates who have sat for this year’s examination would add up to the number to enhance government’s effort aimed at reducing infant mortality rate to achieve the Millennium Development goal four for the country.
Results of the licensing examination of 56 nursing trainees of the Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training in Berekum in the Brong-Ahafo Region have been cancelled as a result of cheating in the examination hall using the watsapp platform on their phone during examinations.
The students took pictures of the question papers, sent them to an external collaborator who answered them and then sent the answers back to them in the examination hall via whatsapp.
The college has been de-recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) as an examination centre for 3 years, whiles the students will not be permitted to write the licensing examination for two consecutive times.
According the Mr. Felix Nyante, the Registrar of N&MC, the students were found to have cheated in the examination hall after the mobile phone one of them had smuggled into the examination hall fallen from her panties onto the floor of the hall.
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