NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
THE General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) has registered and approved 60 nursing schools countrywide to offer training in nursing and
The training schools that have been approved include 29 private institutions, 24 state-owned, and seven faith-based institutions.
The nursing council has also advised Choma Medical College in Choma, North-rise University in Ndola, and Movement for Economic Freedom University of Lusaka to stop offering training in nursing until they put in place measures aimed at improving their training standards in nursing.
GNCZ regulation and compliance manager Thom Yungana said in an interview yesterday that the 60 training institutions are the only ones authorised to offer training in nursing.
Mr Yungana said the council wants to regulate the mushrooming of nursing schools in the country that are compromising the training standards in the nation.
“As a council, we are concerned about the mushrooming of nursing schools in the country and so we have come up with a list of nursing schools approved and authorised to train nurses,” he said.
Mr Yungana said before a nursing training school is approved, the GNCZ has to ensure the school has good infrastructure, qualified lecturers, and is also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with any hospital, to facilitate students’ practical lessons.
And Mr Yungana urged nurses countrywide to take advantage of the amnesty on the renewal of practising licences to obtain the warrants.
He said the amnesty is from June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017, and thereafter, nurses will be expected to pay when renewing their licences.
Mr Yungana said currently, the council does not know how many nurses are in the country because of lack of a system to capture all personnel currently working in various health institutions.
He urged employers, both in the public and private sector, to notify the council on the demise of their employees for it to have accurate information on the number of nurses that are currently working in the country.