3-DAY-RETREAT-AND-ORIENTATION-FOR-THE-14TH-GOVERNING-BOARDThe 14th Governing Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana held a three day residential retreat on Risk Management and Corporate Governance at the Coconut Grove Beach Hotel from December 19-21;2018. 

The retreat, was the first of its kind since the inauguration of the 14th Governing Board on November 1, 2018. The retreat was attended by the Chairperson of the Governing Board and nine (9) members. 

The resource persons for the retreat were Dr. Lawrence Kanai, Vice Chairman of the Public Services Commission of Ghana and Mr. Vincent De Paul Quainoo a corporate governance expert. 

In her welcome address, Rev. Veronica Darko stated that the purpose of the retreat was to enhance the knowledge and skills in corporate governance and to empower the Governing Board members to function effectively and efficiently. She said it was necessary to work together and address issues relating to nursing and midwifery profession in Ghana.

Participants were taken through topics such as: "The role of the Public Services Commission”, “The General Functions of Governing Boards”, “Functions of the Governing Board of the Council”, “Factors hampering the effectiveness of Public Services Boards/Councils” 

Dr. Lawrence Kanai reminded members of the Governing Board of their mandate of ensuring the availability of qualified nursing and midwifery professionals who will give competent, safe, prompt and efficient service for clients’ delight. 

He emphasized that in all deliberations of the Governing Board, they should provide leadership and strategic direction for the Council. “You must ensure the development and implementation of performance management systems with key performance indicators and targets” he added.

Mr. Vincent De Paul Quainoo, one of the Resource Persons touched on the concept and principles of corporate governance, the reasons behind its emergence and its growing importance amongst companies and organizations. 

His presentation also focused on the benefits of implementing the principles of corporate governance at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and their positive impact on enhancing the efficiency of the Council. 

He said that a proper corporate governance structure will strengthen their operations and allow the Council to grow in an efficient and effective manner.

Mr. Felix Nyante, Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council briefed the members of the 14th Governing Board of the Council about the online licensing examination which was conducted in September, 2018.

He said that the Council together with a consortium composed by CINOP Global and Advisory Services (The Netherlands) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have initiated a four-year project to strengthen the capacity of the Council to conduct a licensing examination through the use of advanced ICT solutions. 

In support of the project, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Capacity Building programme, NICHE of NUFFIC has since 2014 awarded a total grant of €1,067,250. 00 as funding for two separate projects as follows:

 a. Capacity building of Senior Staff on Strategic Management and Leadership Skills. 

 b. Strengthening the capacity of the Council to conduct online Licensing Examinations for Nurses and Midwives. 

The first project was implemented in 2014 and 2015, while the second was launched on November 1, 2016. The online examination would ensure that the conduct of licensing examination is even more efficient, effective and credible. The online licensing exams are in three components 

1. Multiple Choice Questions (Questions are randomized so that no candidate will see the same questions in the same order) 

2. The practical (Rating by examiners are done using tablets uploaded with electronic rating tools) 

3. Viva Voce ((Rating by examiners are done using tablets uploaded with electronic rating tools) 

374 Registered Mental Health Nursing candidates took part in the September 2018 online licensing examination. 

Outlining some of the benefits associated with the conduct of online licensing examination, Mr. Nyante noted that there was cost savings, No printing of examination questions, hiring of hotels for residential marking of examination scripts, payment of Assessors and there was reduction in the number of invigilators. 

The Way Forward 

1. December 2018 (Six Post Basic Programmes) 

2. Registered Community Nursing (2019) 

3. Registered Midwifery (2020) 

4. Registered General Nursing (2021) 

5. 2019 (Open to any School that is ready)