MURAMBINDA – Some 84 nursing students have graduated from Murambinda School of Nursing and Midwifery with certificates in midwifery and Primary Care Nurses.
The graduation took place at a time the School was celebrating its 3rd Midwifery and PCN Upskilling graduation ceremony.
Forty two of the graduates got certificates as Midwives and the remainder graduated as Primary Care Nurses (PCN).
There were three groups of the midwives that graduated and four from the PCN.
Two Midwifery students Kamutanho Eugene and Joyce Munhangu were outstanding after receiving four awards each. Kamutanho received the highest aggregate in clinical assessment for 2014 class, highest marks in state final exams, highest marks in labour ward assessment and highest marks in postnatal assessment and Munhangu won awards for the following; highest aggregate throughout the training in theory, highest aggregate in clinical assessment, highest marks in theory and practical and highest marks in the State final examinations category.
In the PCN upskilling programme, Tafadzwa Tirivanhu scooped a number of awards. He got six out of nine awards that were being given to outstanding students.
Addressing the graduants, the Principal Tutor at Parirenyatwa Schools of Nursing Regina Kanyemba who was the guest speaker congratulated the graduates for a job well done and encouraged them to strive to acquire more knowledge on midwifery and improve their attitudes in order to give or provide effective maternity care to women and their neonates.
“I want to congratulate everyone who gave out their best and to the graduates let us go and be good ambassadors of this institution and the Midwifery fraternity as a whole.
“I also challenge you to continue acquiring more knowledge as some of the higher tertiary institutions have now introduced nursing and midwifery educational programmes,” said Kanyemba.
Murambinda Mission Hospital is a Catholic Hospital under the Archdiocese of Harare which offers training course for Midwifery and PCN Upskilling programme.
It started operating long back before independence and was closed for some time, but was re-opened in 1990 and its first group of trainees were 12 students who enrolled as State Certified Martenity Nurses.
The programme ran up to 1994 before the 6 months conversion programme started and ended in 1996, however, the school temporarily closed due to shortage of qualified tutors. It re-opened in 2003 with a Primary Care Nurse programme which also ended in 2011.
At the present moment the school is running the Midwifery and PCN Upskilling programmes.
The school of nursing and midwifery operates under District Medical Officer Dr Shelton Kwiri and the overseer of the day to day operations is the Hospital Executive Manager Sister Mary Mugodzeri.
The Mission Hospital will be celebrating 50 years of existence next year in April.-Masvingomirror