Nkhoma College of Nursing and Midwifery

Malawi

Overview

  • Total Students Enrolled this year –104Nkhoma Nursing Students
  • Graduates last year: 46, 42 of which passed the licensure exam (96% pass rate)

Target Areas for Sustainable Impact

  • Enable students to acquire full time employment
  • Impact community by increasing the number of qualified medical worker 
  • Impact mission hospitals by increasing number of qualified staff available.

Nkhoma is a hill in the Lilongwe District of Malawi. Nkhoma College of Nursing and Midwifery offers a nurse training program and a nurse midwives program; both of which are three-year diploma programs. The school originally started as a department of the Nkhoma Hospital, but it now is a college of Nkhoma University. Like many developing countries around the world, Malawi is desperately in need of trained health care workers, specifically nurses, so Nkhoma College is provided a vital resource to it’s local community.

Nkhoma College uses a block system that requires students to attend classroom work for a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of twelve weeks. During the weeks students do not have classroom work they are in a clinical placement for four to eight weeks. This cycle continues throughout the duration of their schooling there.

In 2007 Nkhoma was able to build a new college dormitory so they could accept more students. The new dormitory was able to increase the number of students enrolled to 160. In 2012 the college also added an 18-month training program to train community midwives. The college continues to grow and progress to meet the growing health care demands of the surrounding region. They recently received approval from the Nkhoma University senate to begin a BSN program and they will be looking to start this degree program in the fall of 2015. Other initiatives that will take place in the next few years include: an upgrading program where those holding a Nurse Midwives Technician diploma can upgrade to be registered nurses and be awarded University certificates; a new program training health professions that work as junior doctors and can meet many of the needs in the rural hospitals; and they are looking to develop an exchange program for staff and students between other institutions that would broaden learning and improve academic standards.

To accomplish these goals, Nkhoma College will need to increase its resources. They will need more housing to accommodate both students and teaching staff; a Biochemistry/Microbiology lab for coursework in the new BSN program; a new lecture theatre, as the current one only holds 70 students per class; office space to accommodate more and visiting staff; scholarships for staff development and training; and equipment such as computer hardware, software, books, and general office equipment.