Nurses’ licensing examination underway in Bolgatanga

Godfred Polkuu, GNA

Bolgatanga, Aug. 23,
GNA – The Nurses and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) licensing examination which
commenced smoothly on Monday in various health training institutions in the
Upper East Region ends on Wednesday.

The three-day
examination saw the students write papers in Medicine and Medical Nursing,
Surgery and Surgical Nursing, and a General paper.

A total of 253
students comprising 161 males and 92 females from the Bolgatanga Nursing
Training College (BNTC) partook in the examination.

When the Ghana News
Agency visited some of the examination centres, it observed that the exercise
was conducted under strict supervision by invigilators under the watch of an
external examiner.

Mr Awalu Bawa, the
Principal of the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College (BNTC), in an interview
with the GNA, said the NMC examination was a nationwide exercise and urged the
students to concentrate on what they were taught.

He said students
misunderstood the essence of the examination, “the essence of examination is to
assess how knowledgeable the candidates are, and so we encourage them to read
and prepare well”.

Mr Bawa urged the
continuing students to take their studies seriously and to inculcate in
themselves the habit of reading their textbooks and not depend on pamphlets and
handouts which were mainly summaries.

He said despite the
numerous infrastructural challenges facing the college, it has over the years
strived high in its academic performance which was evident in the overwhelming
number of professional nurses it had churned out.

The Principal, who
advised nurses to adhere to the professional dress code, urged them to always
appear neat, avoid long hair and beard, look simple and approachable especially
at work.

Mr Abraham Achire, a
candidate, said their tutors prepared them adequately for the examination
through extra contact hours with them amidst series of mock examinations, “I am
very confident that by the grace of God, we shall all excel.”


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