Nursing is a noble profession and requires utmost discipline and ethics. According to Ms. Nargis Kaka who is in-charge of Discipline, Standards and Ethics at the Nursing Council of Kenya, discipline and ethics in the profession is necessary because nursing is focused on the care of individuals, families and the community at large.
Speaking during an open forum at the JKUAT’s School of Nursing organized by the Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Nurses Association (JKUSNA), November 1, 2018, Ms Kaka urged the students to embrace specialty in their training. She further implored on the faculty to strengthen the aspect of documentation in the course of their training to enhance accountability.
The purpose of the forum was to engage with faculty, alumni and industry players in matters nursing and its relevance in achieving universal health coverage.
“Without a doubt, JKUAT has one of the best nursing schools in the country, however, I urge the lecturers to put more weight on the importance of documentation during the training. As a nurse it is important to document the care you give to patients,” emphasized Ms. Kaka.
She counselled the students to maintain high standards of discipline beheld by JKUAT students saying the Nursing Council of Kenya has never received any disciplinary cases touching on JKUAT students or alumni.
Dean School of Nursing, Dr. Drusilla Makworo informed the congregation that since inception the nursing programme has witnessed tremendous growth and was convinced that such fora organised by the School would strengthen their programmes even further.
“In our first graduation in 2015 we graduated only 20 students, today I want to report that in 2018 we will graduate 53 students,” attested Dr. Makworo, adding that the School had over 50 postgraduate students, and that they had already filled the January 2019 intake class for post graduate training.
The Dean attributed the growth to the vigorous engagement the School has had with relevant stakeholders in relation to curriculum review that had made JKUAT one of the number one destination for nursing training in the country.
JKUSNA Patron and Chairman, Community Health Department, Mr. Peter Monda instructed the students to use the knowledge gained in class to improve human life.
“This can start as early as now. Join JKUSNA in the various medical camps and health forums they organise to put your knowledge and skills to good use,” advised Mr. Monda.
Griffins Namasake, a 2nd year nursing student, challenged the nursing governing bodies in the country to expand the scope of nursing practices, especially in emergency cases, stating that they had the skills and knowledge to address some of the emergency cases that nurses were mandated to refer to doctors.
In response, Ms. Kaka said the council acknowledged that nursing was a dynamic profession and in consultation with the Government and other nursing governing agencies they were in the process of reviewing the scope of the nursing practice especially in midwifery due to its hands-on procedures.