A recent site visit to Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery (JSNM)- MUST site was organised on 3rd March 2017 by the  administrator faculty of Medicine.  The team comprised of the Academic Registrar – Ms Martha Kyoshaba Twinamasiko,  Dean- Associate Professor Samuel Maling, Administrator – Ms Betty Namusoke Okumu,  Head and one lecturer from Department of Nursing – Dr Grace Nambozi and Ms Florence Beinempaka respectively, and one lecturer from the Department of Biochemistry – Mr Justus Murokore.  On arrival the team was given a guided tour of the school and the facilities.

MUST team with the Principal (seated centre), coordinator of the programme   (second left) and Academic Registrar (extreme right)

JSNM is an affiliate of MUST for the training of Bachelor of Nursing Science (Completion) course. The purpose of the visit was to find out how the pioneer students admitted onto the programme were progressing. The team first met with the Management and Lecturers of the Institution in the morning and later in the afternoon met with the students.  Both meetings were very insightful.

During the meeting with Management, the team was made to understand that the Institute was very enthusiastic with the programme and had already acquired a five (5) acre piece of land within the municipality where it plans to build a Campus for the degree programmes.   The principal briefed the team that already, the teaching staff had started working on the curricula for two more programmes which they wished to be brought on board in the near future; and these are Bachelor of Nursing in Paediatrics and Child Health and Bachelor of Nursing in Public Health.  Other specialty programmes could be added on later, but sought for the guidance of MUST, their parent Institution.

MUST Team with the students (in their uniform), Chair – Governing Council and Principal - JSNM

In the afternoon, the team met with the 24 pioneer students who were very delighted of being associated with Mbarara University of Science and Technology.  They are looking forward to a time they shall physically set  their feet on the Main Campus of their great University.

The visiting team was happy to note that:

  1. The Management of JSNM is so thrilled with the programme and wants to take it to greater heights;
  2. The Management had recruited qualified staff to teach the programme;
  3. The facilities available for teaching are adequate;
  4. The Library has the necessary materials for the programme;
  5. The students were appreciative  that they had been given an opportunity to build their carrier;