President urges graduate nurses on professionalism, assures on employment

Sunday 22nd June 2014

President Yoweri Museveni this morning presided over celebrations to mark 60 years of existence of Jinja School of nursing and midwifery and described nursing as the right profession whose skills are on high demand on the labor market both locally and globally.

Addressing a congregation of students, their parent and educators, at the institute’s campus in Jinja municipality, the President congratulated the 359 students who on the same occasion graduated in different disciplines that included diplomas in comprehensive nursing, diplomas in midwifery, diplomas in nursing, and diplomas in pediatric nursing as well as certificates in comprehensive nursing.

The President said that he has always advocated for the teaching of nursing just like other science disciplines because they provide answers to the real human needs.

“You are at the right place at the right time and on the right course” the President told the students.

He told them that nursing and midwifery are courses that are in line with “human life” thus they were very unlikely to miss employment.

He said that he had founded Mbarara University of Science and Technology and guided it to specialize in the teaching of sciences including a degree in nursing and noted that all the science students from the university are easily absorbed by the labor market.

He advised the graduate nurses to exhibit the highest level of professionalism and improve the image of nurses that has been tainted with increased reports of nurses mishandling patients in conducting their duties in Uganda.

The President said that government would engage all the stakeholders as well as the ministries of education and health to decide on which ministry should be entrusted with the supervision of nurses to ensure that the nurses and midwives Uganda is producing are the best in the world.

He commended the Management and the governing council of the institution for the different cost saving innovations and plans they are implementing to reduce the school expenditure on utilities such as relying on solar for energy and collecting rain water for the institution’s use than paying for the two.

He also commended them for initiating projects aimed at generating income for the institute.

The education minister M/s Jessica Alupo said that her ministry prioritizes competence based training in health education and technical training with emphasis on training of instructors and career guidance.

She pledged her ministry’s support to the institution in establishment of their new proposed campus.

The chairman of the institution’s governing council Dr. George Bagambisa said that the institution is aiming at being the icon of nursing and midwifery in Uganda and the whole world and commended the current and previous leadership of the institute for their contribution to the development of the school.

He said that the institution’s vision was in line with Uganda’s vision 2040 and commended the President and the government for the support they have rendered the institution.

He particularly hailed the President for the passion he attaches to health services

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