Malawi nursing council accreditation ‘confused’

Disgruntled nurses have questioned the manner in which the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi issue their licences and certification, arguing they are “unrealistic.”

Nurses in Malawi

Nyasa Times understands the Council led by Dorothy Ngoma, a professional nurse from the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), has impacted negatively on the nurses working but have been to “lesser” colleges in the names of Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS) and the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) nurses’ colleges, among others.

We could not get through to Ngoma on Saturday but others within the Council confided to us that “there have been plenty complaints.”

“There’s a lot of bulldozing. The Council has been too intimidating and over-lording for all the applicants,” a member of the Council said.

For example, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) get a whole four years in college but if they don’t get a certificate by the Council exams they can’t practice.

“In fact, once one gets a university diploma from nursing and midwifery from College of Health Sciences they can only get a degree from KCN and nowhere else. Is that not unfair?

“And if one decides to get the same degree within other colleges while coming from the College of Health Sciences it becomes a thorn in the flesh. Now that is a problem. Because of this guideline has resulted into a lot of nurses taking up to 17 years just to get a simple first degree at KCN. Now what is the aim of the Council: to demoralize or to motivate?” wondered our Source.

Charles Amos, of Association of Midwives of Malawi (Amami) said on Thursday that he knew of the tendency but wanted to consult.

“Let me come back to you,” he said.

But Nyasa Times has learnt that Ngoma who has been a long time serving Council executive director “is a frustration.”

Some nurses that talked to us wanted Ngoma to resign, but others wished her to stay but wanted her to make amends.

The country employs around 400 nurses each year but most of them unhappy with deplorable working conditions.

Recently, nurses have made strikes in various districts, including Rumphi because of Ngoma’s, attitudes towards work.

But Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume, has promised – before – that conditions in terms of health delivery are going to improve.

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27 thoughts on “Malawi nursing council accreditation ‘confused’”

  1. Tasauka Kwambiri says:

    I think here in Malawi all councils feel that there are above everything. See what is happening with University council. Does it mean that people who are working in these councils are the only ones highly educated? or they graduated in heaven`s universities? come on do not oppress the young ones let the learn with favorable conditions.

  2. watcher says:

    better she looks more like a man but u look worse than a dog jealousy basi

  3. Kambuku says:

    The Nyasatimes Reporter who wrote this article should be embarrassed with his ignorance. IGNORANCE IS NO DEFENCE. Maybe your intention was character assassination. The aggrieved nurse midwives are equally ignorant of their own nursing professional institution. PATHETIC

  4. myz says:

    Whether the article is misrepresenting facts of not, one thing is still clear that There are serious problems with the nursing profession in malawi.

  5. Pakaya says:

    The council should really reconsider. It’s not fair to nurses. How can someone progress in such a way. And that is why other are doing other courses coz they can’t get a first degree in their field so frustrating indeed

  6. Chibwatiko says:

    Nyasatimes please verify your stories. Dorothy Ngoma does not work for Nurses and Midwives Council. She is not incharge of accreditation. It also shows ignorance on the part of the aggrieved nurses. Get your facts right people.

  7. nanyati nanyati says:

    Nursing profession is a rare breed that one cant understand. They are naughty, proud, incosiderate, unpredictable and capricious to the last degree. Who on earth would understand the logic of subjecting graduates to another set of exams (worse still, multiple choice) inorder to be licenced? Internship would be the best as the nurse would practically demonstrate her prowess. Wake up Nurses Council from your slumber and be realistic, humaine, mature, motherly, Godly and kind. When you do this the good LORD shall reward you a millionfold!!

    1. Nino says:

      Law, does the same
      Legal practice training
      Then 18 months of training
      Legal training contract
      Then exams to be registered as a solicitor
      Accountants it’s even worse
      After degree, you study 8 other subjects, Then 3 years training contract
      Engineering aaah! It’s almost impossible to qualify as an engineer

  8. mkanda says:

    This article is also coming from the confused lot. Dorothy Ngoma as far as I can remember is not a NMCM Executive Director so I am wondering that someone is alluding that she is the long time ED. It may be helpful to note the the ED is Isabella Musisi Msolomba. The issue of getting a degree at KCN taking 17 years, it may not be NMCM’s confusion but the academic system that we have. Everyone is Malawi whether Nkhoma-trained or Oxford-trained nurse has to be licenced to practice. Therefore, the issue of Mzuzu or that does not seem to hold water. Advice is that those who have had to go through a CHAM college, then Malawi Colleges of Health and the KCN, encourage your kids not to take that longer route.

  9. nasson says:

    wabodza iweyo Ngoma siwa council koma nurses organisation kkkkkkkkkkk kafufuzenso

  10. ccg says:

    I have observed that there is misrepresentation of facts in this story: 1. Ngoma is not Executive Director of Nurses and Midwives Council and she is not at KCN. 2. Licence to practice is a requirement for all nursing cadres and it is not perculiar to Mzuni nursing graduate nursing only. It is not the fault of KCN that it is the only University College which offers Mature entry programmes for nurses neither is it a problem of the regulatory body. The council prescribed the syllabi and it is up to the training institutions to implement them. unfortunately CHAM colleges are not interested to train degree nurses (Do your research on this). However, it is worrisome indeed that performance in Licensure exams has not been satisfactory in recent years. it is also sad that a career path for lower cadres of nurses has many challenges for upgrading

  11. mbili ya bakha says:

    ngoma has been like mkhate wa kona. she has been there while i was at secondary school, then in nursing then zidzukulu iye ali pa mpando. vuto lathu ndi cani. we got yuong vibrant nurses, who can have tsogolo la nursing. uyu angolemeella po pa mpandowu sakutipindulila olo

  12. Malawian Nurse says:

    Which Council are you talking about? Dorothy Ngoma is Director of National Organization of the Nurses and Midwives and not Nurses Council. You are confusing us, can you make your homework thoroughly before putting the issue here please! Mind you there are different groupings within the Malawian nurses and midwives cycle. I dont know if am the only one who is confused..

  13. Ogwugwu says:

    The problem with the so called bosses is selfishness. That’s why we still live in abject poverty.

  14. nasson says:

    Is NGOMA working for council or nonm? which Dorothy is this? I know Dorothy Ngoma of nonm.

  15. Shashwi says:

    Do your research properly. Ngoma for the council?

  16. Rushdie says:

    My honest plea to Nyasa times, please be professional! For how many times do you need to be told that Dorothy Ngoma does not and has never worked for Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi (NMCM). Dorothy Ngoma is the President of National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM). As journalists you are supposed to know about this. You have only exposed how unprofessional you are. How could you accuse somebody on allegations for an institution they do not work for? Shame on you!

  17. BLM says:

    Dorothy Ngoma is not a good administrator. She was here at.Banja LA.Mtsogolo, everything was bad. Mind you she is a frustrated person both in the family and politically. She wants to agitate the nurses to think the government is not doing well. Please DPP government fire her, she will negatively affect your health sector which nurses are a critical work force. Remember she is a PP member. Get her out of this organization. She is a failure in her marriage as well. She thinks is beautiful but she is much worse than a man, so ugly woman.

    BLM staff

  18. Studying for four years and passing a degree at Mzuni as nurse and yet failing to practise because of council’s certificate? What skills and standards is the Council looking for? Does it mean that lecturers at Mzuni and Cham colleges are less knowledgeable than Dorothy Ngoma and her colleagues? There are only three options here:
    1. Let the nursing curriculum reflect what Council demands, or
    2. Let the training institutions train and give licence to their students, or
    3. Let the Council open its own college and apply those standards on its own students

  19. Concerned says:

    Ngoma is not director of Nurses and Midwives council shame on you nyasa times Ngoma belongs to NONM

  20. Kingsley says:

    The above story leaves a lot to be desired. No wonder the article doesn’t have the name of the reporter because it is full of hearsays. Please journalists, be investigative. Know who is leading what organisation before you publish your work.

    The story is just confusing the minds of people as the author can’t delineate The Nurses and Midwives Council from Nurses and Midwives Organisation. These are two different entities, led by very different people not as presented in this article.

    Character assassination is clear here.

    At least I know something compared to the journalist who is supposed to inform me, instead S/he is busy with disinformation

  21. coolboy says:

    please when these people will be revising the nursing working condition they have also to remove the white lining of male uniform. its cruel to make men wear brouse like clothes like women.
    men are not respected by officials in the nursing proffession . when you complain they just say you nare a nurse so just do what we do (a man putting on a white top with blue lining over colar, arms and pockets which is typically women’s dressing, a brouse)

    1. coolboy says:

      i mean removing a blue linning not white as indicated above.

  22. Amaduh Cassim says:

    mayiwa amatha asiyeni

  23. mitole says:

    This profession needs the highest level of accreditation as it deals directly with human life. There should be no compromise wheresoever. One can not just be allowed to practice direct from college as it poses a serious risk on the patient. I wonder why some would want to promote short cuts in this sensitive profession. That should not be allowed. There are some professions where laxity can be tolearted but not health profession. NO!

  24. ko says:

    ngoma s an embarassment to the council,get her ass out

  25. ko says:

    ngoma sukulu sinampindulire shf s a bitch

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