About the Institution.
The Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) is a body corporate with perpetual succession established by the provisions of the SPECIALIST HEALTH TRAINING AND PLANT MEDICINE RESEARCH ACT 2011, PART THREE (ACT 833).
Our Mandate of GCNM
- Promote specialist education in nursing, midwifery and related disciplines
- Promote continuous professional development in nursing, midwifery and related disciplines
- Promote postgraduate nursing, midwifery and related disciplines for the College
- Contribute to the formulation of policies to improve health outcomes and public health generally.
The Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives is established to:
- Organise and supervise specialist training, continuous professional development and support postgraduate or post diploma research in nursing, midwifery and related disciplines
- Conduct and organise specialist examinations in nursing, midwifery and related disciplines
- Publish journals and pamphlets
- Award diplomas and certificates on completion of specialist training and confer professional distinctions
- Foster cooperation with other institutions with similar objectives
- Initiate and participate in actions and discussions aimed at improving health outcomes, and formulation of public health policies in collaboration with other relevant institutions
- Perform other functions that are ancillary to the objectives of the College
The professional academic institution aims at further nurturing a cohort of nurses and midwives with a capacity to provide specialist services for health improvements in Ghana and beyond.
The details below describe the criteria for the categories of potential members of the College and their eligibility criteria.
The descriptions take cognisance of the various levels of training of nurses and midwives in Ghana and their rights to access to career advancement through academic structures that recognise previous learning.
Also described are the emblems and colours of the College and their significance; backgrounds to the College and inter-linkages.
The descriptions take cognizance of the various levels of training of nurses and midwives in Ghana and their rights to access to career advancement through academic structures that recognize previous learning.
Also described are the emblems and colours of the College and their significance; backgrounds to the College and inter linkages.
What Programmes are offered at Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives( GCNM )?
Their specialty programmes are as follows:
- Paediatric Nursing: Pediatric nursing is a specialty in nursing that focuses on the care and health of newborns and children through adolescence, or babies to teenagers.
They must have a thorough understanding of child development and growth, as diseases and problems in children are frequently manifested and treated differently than in adults.
- Accident and Emergency Nursing: is a subset of professional nursing that focuses on the treatment of patients who require immediate medical attention in order to avert long-term impairment or death.
In addition to dealing with “real crises,” emergency nurses are increasingly caring for persons who are unable or unable to seek primary medical care elsewhere and seek assistance from emergency rooms.
- Palliative Nursing: is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.
- Neuroscience Nursing: a distinctive area of the nursing profession. It focuses on the treatment of people who have problems with their brains, spines, or nervous systems.
Nurses who specialize in neuroscience work in a variety of settings, including university medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation units, and epilepsy monitoring units.
Neuroscience nurses can work in almost any situation where nurses work.
- Oncology Nursing: An oncology nurse is a type of nurse who specializes in caring for cancer patients. These nurses require advanced qualifications and cancer clinical experience beyond what a conventional bachelor of science in nursing program may provide.
- Haematology Nursing: A hematology nurse is a nurse who specializes in caring for patients who are dealing with blood-related illnesses, diseases, or disorders such as cancer, hemophilia, Hodgkin‘s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and sickle cell anemia.
- Neonatal Intensive Care: A neonatal intensive care unit, also known as an intensive care nursery, is an intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. Neonatal refers to the first 28 days of life
- Women’s Health: A women’s health nurse practitioner is a nurse practitioner that specializes in continuing and comprehensive healthcare for women across the lifespan with emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their life cycle
Existing MoH Programmes to be rolled-out
Ophthalmic, Peri-operative, Critical care, Mental health/Community psychiatry and Public health nursing will be rolled-out in due course
Programmes to be implemented in the medium to long term at GCNM
- Nephrology Nursing
- Diagnostics in Medical and Surgical Care
- Diagnostics in Obstetric and Gynaecology
- Cardiothoracic Nursing
- Dermatology Nursing
- Dental Nursing
- Orthopaedic Nursing
- Medical/Surgical Nursing
- Endocrinology Nursing
More courses may evolve as the need arise over time and guided by resource availability and stakeholder partnerships.
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