Reclaiming Nursing values and Professionalism

Nairobi Wednesday March 1, 2023.

Principal Secretary (PS), Ministry of Health, State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards Dr Josephine Mburu today engaged Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) for Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK), Dr. Edna Tallam and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Dr. Kelly Oluoch on reclaiming the nursing values and professionalism at both the training and practice level.

They discussed the issue of branding of the various cadres in the spirit of Florence Nightingale in order to bring dignity in nursing practice and address insecurity issues associated with impersonation which put patients at risk.

The PS directed the two institutions to work together to ensure the partially functional medical colleges are up and running in order to offer training and in the long run employment to the Kenyan youth.

The institutions will also work with counties to identify facilities and institutions for practicals and attachment for the trainees in order to equip them with the requisite skills.

The PS advised KMTC to produce nurses who are comprehensively trained on midwifery, mental health and community health to make them competitive both locally and internationally and to ensure that specializations are done at higher National diploma level.

She challenged the Nursing Council to regulate and standardize registered nurses, nurse assistants, patient attendants and counseling psychologists.