The challenge of delayed issuance of licenses by the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council was raised by many students especially those upgrading their studies during a three day annual general assembly-AGM for Uganda National Association of Student Nurses and Midwives-UNASNM leaders held at St. Francis School of Health Science, Namataba in Mukono.
The Chairperson for the Principals of Health Training Institutions in Uganda, Rose Nassali has advised nurses and midwifery students in their final year to always remember applying for practicing licenses immediately after graduation to avoid complaints of delays.
Nassali, who has represented Dr. Safina Musene, the Commissioner for Health Training Institutions at the Ministry of Education and Sports at the closure of the assembly noted that currently the registration process was made easier since it can be done online.
She says the challenge with graduates is to wait until they want to upgrade or get job opportunities and then rush for registration.
Sanon Lubaale, who has been the UNASNM president in his report noted that delayed issuance of licenses is now the major challenge affecting graduates seeking employment opportunities and other major academic upgrades.
According to him, such a situation discourages students’ nurses especially those upgrading and also contributes to poor performance among others whenever they think about life after school.
The assembly brings together student leaders from all the nurses and midwifery schools in the country to discuss student’s matters besides electing for the new leadership. Among other issues that are still challenging student nurses are poor meals, less or delayed facilitations for internee nurses and prolonged period practice for certificate graduates to diploma.
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