The Nurses and Midwives council was first created in 1922. Since then, it has undergone a number of modifications especially in it’s founding act – the nurses and midwives act – to reflect the ever changing demands of the profession.
The nursing profession in Uganda is governed by The Nurses and Midwives Act 1996 that came into force on 8 November 1996.
The act was designed “to provide for the training, registration enrollment and discipline of nurses and midwives of all categories and for other matters connected to the above”
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Functions of the council
To regulate the standards of nursing and midwifery in the country
To regulate the conduct of nurses and midwives and to exercise disciplinary control over them
To approve courses of study for nurses and midwives
To supervise and regulate the training of nurses and midwives
To grant diplomas or certificates to persons who have completed the respective courses of study in nursing or midwifery
To supervise the registration and enrollment of nurses and midwives and the publication of the names of registered and enrolled nurses and midwives in the Gazette
To advise and make recommendations to the Government on matters relating to the nursing and midwifery professions
The senior principal nursing officer of Mulago and Butabika national Referral Hospitals automatically hold seats on the uganda nurses and midwives council by virtue of the positions they hold that the two hospitals. https://t.co/84LcgQApxw
— The Ofualoka Post (@TheOfualokaPost) August 31, 2019
Composition of the council
A chairperson who’s a senior registered nurse or midwife or both appointed by the Minister
Commissioner for nursing services
Chief training officer (nursing)
Senior principal nursing officer, Mulago Hospital
Senior principal nursing officer, Butabika Hospital
Head of the department of nursing, Makerere University
12 members representing the following-
• 2 representatives elected by the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Association
• 2 tutors representing all nursing and midwifery
schools in Uganda, elected from among their number
• 1 representative elected by public health nurses from among their number
• 1 representative elected by psychiatric nurses from among their number
• 2 representatives of nurses and midwives working in nongovernment organisation hospitals
• 1 representative of the Uganda Private Midwives Association
• 1 representative of the Uganda Community-based Health Care Association
• 1 representative of the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council
• 1 representative of the Uganda Allied Health
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How the Council Operates
The council’s day-to-day activities are run through a Secretariat which has the registrar serving as it’s chief executive and a secretary to the council.
Committees are used to fulfill other functions of the council.
Each member of the council is eligible to serve at the council for a maximum of 3 terms with each term consisting of 3 years, subject to renewal by the appointing authority.
Checks and balances
The members of the council are accountable to their respective appointing authorities.
The financial year of the council begins on 1st July and ends on 30th day of June, the following year.
The council is required to submit projected expenditures for the financial year coming atleast 3 months before the end of financial year to the Minister for health for approval. Only approved expenditures will be spent on.
As for auditing, books of account and the annual statement of accounts for the year ending are to be submitted to the auditor general within 3 months of the end of a financila year.
Summing it up
These definitions are adopted from the Nurses and Midwives act 1996, keep them in mind for when you’ll need them.
–Health unit includes a private hospital, clinic, nursing home, maternity centre or other specialised establishment, as well as a Government unit of the same nature
–Midwife means a person who is trained and qualified in the care of women in relation to childbirth and in the care of infants and who is registered or enrolled
–Nurse means a person who is trained and qualified in the promotion of health, the prevention of disease and the care of the sick and who is registered or enrolled
–Registered means having the name entered in the register
–Registrar means the registrar of the council
–Traditional birth attendant means a person recognised by her community as being able to assist women in childbirth