Rwamagana School of Nursing and Midwifery rolled out 198 health workers with Advanced Diplomas in nursing and midwifery during its second graduation ceremony yesterday.
The graduands included 128 nurses and 70 midwives.
The school is operated by the Catholic Church in partnership with the government.
Addressing hundreds of residents, local leaders and academicians from various institutions, the school’s Principal Sister Epiphanie Mukabaranga, said the graduands were well-equipped with skills to serve the nation.
“The students acquired important skills to serve in a number of health centres and hospitals. Some of them were in-service trainees. We are thus happy that our products are on high demand,” she said.
Mukabaranga said the institution had a bigger dream to start offering Bachelor’s degrees.
“Our wish is to start offering degrees in near future…it’s however, left to the concerned authorities to work it out.
We shall let you know as soon as modalities are finished,” she said attracting applause from the nurses.
The school was established in 1962 by Bernardine Cistercian with St. Bernard as Patron saint.
The school started offering certificates auxiliary nurses in 1966 and from 1966-2007, it offered full certificates.
Since 2007 and under the supervision of Ministry of Health, the school transformed to a higher learning institution training both nurses and midwives.
Reacting to the school’s request to start offering degrees, Dr. Innocent Mugisha, the executive director of the Higher Education Council said it was possible.
“We commend the work done by the school and assure them of full support. The government is committed to maximise skills achievement of its citizens. It would be welcome if in future they can offer degrees,” he said.
Meanwhile, the graduate nurses promised to make a difference in general patient care.
“I know I have a difficult, demanding job as a nurse but with these skills I will try my best. I know patients sometimes don’t make it easy for you but I will use the acquired skills to treat and care for them,” said Ester
Mutesi, a nurse serving in Rwamagana Hospital.