The Nursing and Midwifery Council has held a Close Out Conference to mark four years of innovations and transformation in Nursing and Midwifery examinations.
The N&MC started the online licensing examination in 2018 and by 2020 all 15 regulated programmes had been digitised, making the Council the first in Africa to conduct licensing examinations online.
Speaking at the close out conference, Mr Felix Nyante, the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said hitherto the council had to go through a laborious process of conducting paper-based examination that had to be carried to all centres across the country, hiring invigilators and markers but the online licensing examination has reduced all these processes.
He said, apart from reducing the cost of conducting an examination, the online licensing examination has also reduced the duration of releasing results from 70 days to 20 days.
He commended the Netherland Embassy for supporting the programme with 1 million euros and CINOP Global, a Netherland-based consultant, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Times-End “C” Ghana for their technical support.
The Minister for Health, Mr Kweku Agyeman-Manu, who joined the conference via zoom said the objective of the NICHE/GHA/261 Project was to improve the organisational capacity of N&MC to conduct efficient, effective, as well as credible licensing examination for nurses.
He commended N&MC for the progress it has made where the online licensing programme has been conducted to all nurses and midwifery students in Ghana.
The Minister said Ghana’s stringent nursing and midwifery regulatory system has earned global applause, attracting countries like Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Liberia to send delegates to understudy the operation of the nursing and midwifery council of Ghana.
He said: “The online licensing examination is not the only tangible outcome of this project. Throughout the whole project, the Staff of the Council has also benefited from capacity building in higher education. This means that the Council now has a network of Staff to whom they can turn for advice or share information.”
He added: “E-learning in nursing and midwifery education is a means to an end, rather than the end in itself. Utilizing e-learning can result in greater educational opportunities for students while simultaneously enhancing faculty effectiveness and efficiency.
However, this potential of e-learning assumes a certain level of institutional readiness in human and infrastructural resources. Institutional readiness for e-learning adoption ensures the alignment of new tools to the educational and economic context.”