The president of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union has called for a review of the nursing and midwifery curriculum to produce a generation of motivated and enthusiastic professionals.
Speaking at Victoria University’s open day at the weekend, Ms Janet Obuni said congestion in government training institutions and hospitals does not give room for trainee nurses and midwives to correlate classroom work with the clinical work because the student-teacher ratio is too high.
“We have very few nurses and officers to supervise students. Many of them are learning on their own yet they need to be mentored. The wards are not well equipped and this affects the learning environment,” Ms Obuni said.
“If nurses and midwives are well educated theoretically, they are able to make critical and rational decisions which improve the patient-outcomes resulting in good quality care of patients,” she observed.
Although the recommended tutor to student ratio in nursing schools is 1:20, in many missionary and public nursing schools, the ratio is 1:60 and 1:120 respectively.
The nurse to population ratio stands at 1:5,000 while the midwife-to-population ratio is at 1:10,000.
Dr Stephen Robert Isabalija, the vice chancellor of Victoria University, said the institution would expose the nurses to new professional methods like new technology and partnering with other universities.
The university is owned by property Mogul Sudir Ruperalia.