Nursing Leadership Conference
Turkana University College hosted the first ever Nursing Leadership Conference on 27th April, 2022. The Conference attracted participants from various organizations including Turkana County Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Kenya Medical Training College-Lodwar Campus, Turkana Basin Institute, National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) and Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) among others.
During his remarks, the Principal Turkana University College, Prof. George Ndiema Chemining’wa stated the Conference theme, "Nurses; A Voice to Lead; Celebrating All Nurses of Turkana County" is a clarion call for us to recognize and support nurses in their endeavor to ensure a healthier and more prosperous population in this County and beyond. To this end, TUC was honoured to join hands in celebrating the nurses of Turkana County for their selfless service to our people. He acknowledged the crucial role of nursing professionals in patient care, stating that nurses are the only cadre of health professionals that provide continuous and direct caring service. In recognizing the unique role of nurses in the vast Turkana County, the Principal stated that in rural health centres, a nurse plays the role of doctor, nurse, midwife, pharmacist, nutritionist, counselor, and so forth.
In an effort to promote nursing education in Turkana County, the Principal reported thatTUC has embarked on the process of establishing a Bsc Nursing upgrade programme which will benefit hundreds of nurses in the County. Further, he stated that the Programme will contribute towards increasing access to nursing education in the County as well as reducing the Nurse to Patient ratio, which is an imperative in delivering patient-centered care.He called upon the Turkana County Government and other relevant stakeholders to join TUC in the efforts to promote nursing education in the County. See Principal's full speech
Other speakers who gave remarks during the Conference include the Principal Kenya Medical Traning College (KMTC)-Lodwar, Mrs. Rachel Lomechu, Prof. Deborah Lindell-US Full Bright Scholar at TUC and Ms. Jane Gitau-National Nursing Association of Kenya. During the Conference, the presenters shared on various topics including Continuous Improvement in Healthcare, Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare and Nursing as well as Patient-Centered Healthcare and Nursing Practice.