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KAFUCO’s School of Nursing has been launched, setting the ground for the training of qualified nurses to help supply the country’s growing demand.

The launch themed ‘Advancing the Vision for Future Healthcare’ was presided over by Nursing Council of Kenya CEO Edna Tallam-Kimaiyo.

The Principal Prof. Ogodo, M.J. Nandi and the presiding Chairperson of Council Dr Josephine Waudo led the University fraternity.

Our partners in the training clinical sites, as well co-sponsors Equity Bank and KCB Bank, as well our mother University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology graced the occasion. The National Council of Churches of Kenya, the immediate community, as well as the political leadership, were represented.

The guest speaker challenged the University College to provide a high standard of training, maintain professionalism and integrity in setting standards for entry for students, number of students admitted per cohort vis a vis available training resources and equipment, qualification and number of the tutors, and uniformity of the curriculum.

NCK, she said, would guide the growth of the School by availing avenues for engagement and collaboration with like-minded partners.

Ms Tallam was pleased with the plans to offer the BSc. Nursing programme through a hybrid approach to delivery, which blends the traditional face-to-face classroom with digital learning.

“We understand that blended learning brings depth to nursing education and fosters student engagement.”

In their speeches, the Principal and the Presiding Council Chairperson committed to supporting the growth of the School into the envisioned College of Health Sciences. They described the school as the pad from where the University’s identity as a Center of Excellence in Health Sciences will be launched.

“The new school offers us the opportunity to transform the model of nursing and midwifery education and research at this time of significant change in our health sector. It equally gives impetus to our quest for a center of excellence in Health Sciences.

We are therefore establishing this school with vision of helping alleviate shortage of nurses in the country and across the region,” said Prof Nandi.

Dr Waudo said the Council was committed to supporting the vision the Managament had set in launching the School. The Council, she said, would help in sourcing for funds to see the University cut a niche as a world class university delivering high quality supply of professionals to drive the national, regional and global development agenda.

To create a pool of professionals with relevant skills the University College has equipped the school with education resources including a well-equipped skills laboratory, access to anatomy laboratory in our mother university – MMUST, library, sufficient lecture rooms, computer laboratory and highly qualified lecturers and support staff.

Forty (40) students have been placed in the programme by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service.

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