Posted on Sep 28, 2012 · Posted in News, Nursing School

Tenwek Hospital School of Nursing Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Tenwek Hospital School of Nursing celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding on July 27, 2012. The school’s first class of 10 men and four women arrived on July 6, 1987.

The mission of the School of Nursing is to inspire student nurses to become servant leaders by modeling excellence in compassionate nursing while equipping and empowering them to do so through education and training. Many of the nursing school graduates remain to work at Tenwek Hospital, providing vital patient care while assisting current nursing students in their learning.

Since its founding, some 285 nurses have graduated with a success rate of 97.2 percent. Sixteen classes have graduated at the “enrolled” level, which is similar to the professional designation of licensed practical nurses, with the additional qualification as midwives and community health nurses. Two classes have upgraded to registered nurse level and the school also has enrolled its 12th class of basic registered Kenya community health nurses.

One highlight of the anniversary celebration was the planting of five trees. The trees were planted by Rev. Dr. Robert Langat, bishop of Africa Gospel Church and chairman of Tenwek Hospital’s board; Geoffrey Langat, CEO of Tenwek Hospital: Jim Vanderhoof, Kenya field director for World Gospel Mission; Robyn Moore, World Gospel Mission missionary and Tenwek Hospital board member; and Barbara Pinkley, a nursing school instructor and World Gospel Mission missionary.

“Planting trees is often done during special occasions as a type of memorial to remember the occasion over the years,” noted Barbara. “We will continue to be reminded of God’s faithfulness to us as we see the trees grow.”

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