Nursing and midwifery professions are international professions and not just national. Therefore, the need for both local and international collaboration to learn, leverage resources and share best practices from one another at both national and international level can not be over emphasised. Against this background the General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) led by its Registrar and CEO, Dr. Aaron Banda after signing the historical Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) with Amref Health Africa (AHA) at an MoU signing ceremony held at Amref International University (AMIU) on Wednesday 27th June 2018 proceeded to Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), Mathari Campus situated at Mathari Mental Health Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday 28th June 2018, courtesy (sponsorship) of AHA; had a meeting with the teaching faculty and Nursing management staff of KMTC and Mathari Mental Health Hospital, respectively.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Banda encouraged the teaching faculty of KMTC to embrace technology and innovation if mental health nursing education, training and practice was to develop and be responsive to modern challenges affecting provision of quality nursing care to patients. He further encouraged the teaching faculty to always strive to work hand in hand with the hospital nursing, medical and administrative management staff if students were to fully benefit from their clinical placement.
Speaking at the same meeting, the Principal for KMTC Mathari Campus, Mrs. Florence Maina, franked by the Principal for KMTC Gatundu Campus, Mr. Mutua Kinyao, expressed happiness to the Zambian delegation for having accepted the invitation through AHA to come and share innovative best practices associated with blended e-learning for pre-service student nurses. She expressed admiration of how Zambia has managed to graduate nurses trained through blended e-learning methodologies and pledged to emulate the innovation which she said was long over due.
At the same meeting, the GNCZ Manager for Education and Training, Mr. Toddy Sinkamba, made a presentation on behalf of the Registrar and CEO, Dr. Banda on e-Learning-the Zambian experience. The well made presentation attracted positive comments from people in attendance and Zambia was commended for being a role model in shaping nursing education and training by the use of technology in Africa.
Thom D. Yung’ana
MANAGER REGULATION AND REGULATION.
GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA