El pasado 18 de junio se graduaron 100 nuevas enfermeras tituladas en la escuela de enfermería del hospital Católico de San Juan de Dios de Malompo para impulsar el sistema de salud del país. Desde la fundación de la Escuela de Malompo en 2007 se han graduado 406 profesionales de enfermería.
En el acto de graduación se graduaron 100 enfermeras procedentes de la 5ª y 6ª promoción de la Escuela de Malompo. En el acto estuvieron presentes las siguientes autoridades: la Directora de Enfermería y de las Comadronas del país, Matron Hossinatu Koroma; La Presidenta de las Escuelas de Enfermería de África Occidental, Mrs Patricia Bah, el Principal de la Escuela de Enfermería de la Escuela de San Juan de Dios, Bro. Michael Koroma y Dra. Amelia Guilera, Directora de Enfermería de la Escuela del Campus Docent Barcelona.
100 SECHN from St. John of God Catholic Nursing School to boost the health sector
One hundred (100) State Enrolled Community Health Nurses (SECHN) groups five and six have graduated on Saturday June 18, 2016 from the St. John of God Catholic School of Nursing, Malompoh in Lunsar.
Cross section of graduants
Giving the keynote address, the Guest Speaker and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation congratulate the graduants for what she described as a great achievement.
She reminded them that the nursing and midwifery profession has reached a stage where nurses and midwives are expected to provide competency-based on quality services at all levels.
Matron Hossinatu Koroma stated that despite the encouraging gains the government of Sierra Leone has made in the health sector, the levels of child and maternal mortality remains high.
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Matron Hossinatu Koroma
She said the Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery Services is the in process of developing a Policy and Strategic Direction framework in support of the Recovery Strategy 2015-2020, adding that the aim of the strategic direction framework is to provide guidance and direction to the nursing and midwifery workforce, which comprises more than 70 percent of the total health workforce.
Matron Koroma informed her audience that in line with the President’s 10-24 months Recovery Plan, pre-service and in-service training have been given premium to increase on the knowledge and skills of nurses and midwives. She disclosed that plans are underway to establish two additional midwifery schools in Bo and Kenema and encouraged qualified nurses to apply.
Giving the School’s Report, the Principal, St. John of God Catholic School of Nursing, Bro. Michael Koroma said the School of Nursing is a training unit at St. John of God Catholic Hospital, owned by Brothers of St. John of God, and presently working in the Catholic Diocese of Makeni in Sierra Leone. He said the school started in 2007 with the State Enrolled Community Health Nursing (SECHN) course, and has trained 406 since October 2007.
Principal, St. John of God Catholic School of Nursing, Bro. Michael Koroma
Bro. Koroma said that the vision was to be a first class nursing in Sierra Leone in terms of nursing education aimed at developing the next generation of innovative nurses to give excellence in and out patient care, education and nursing research.
He said the mission was to provide excellent training to students with all ethical values and discipline presented by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Sierra Leone and the Roman Catholic Church.
The goal the Principal said was to contribute to the improvement of quality health services by producing trained and professionally competent nurses and midwives for all health care facilities.
Chairperson and President, West African College of Nursing, Mrs. Patricia Bah
The Chairperson who is also the President, West African College of Nursing Sierra Leone Chapter, Mrs. Patricia Bah define nursing by the International Council of Nursing as a profession that encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings.
Mrs. Amelia Guilera, supporting the students who have performed well with awards of computer and others.
The Nursing College, Doscent Campus delegation paid a supervisory vist to the St. John of God Catholic School of Nursing from the 12-21st June, 2016. During this visit, the team paid a courtesy call to the Nurses and Midwives Board for Sierra Leone wherein they discussed progress made so far on the project `’Strengthening the Health System in Sierra Leone” by training State Registered Nurses. This project is aimed at increasing the workforce with highly educated nurses in order to reduce the gap of highly trained nurses in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Amelia and Some members of the Nurses and Midwives Board for Sierra Leone