The Nairobi Hospital Cicely McDonell College of Health Science, an initiative of the Kenya Hospital Association, was opened in 1956. It is named after Sister Cicely McDonell, a woman who made an immense personal contribution to the welfare and health of Kenyan people. She set high professional standards in all her work and she spent most of her life in Maternity Nursing in Nairobi.

Her life of devoted service was and has remained an inspiring example to Kenyans who undertake the Nursing profession. The school was the first privately owned nursing school in pre-independence Kenya. Headed by Miss Campbell, the first sister tutor, the school admitted only five students who were white. African student nurses were first admitted in 1962.

Today, 60 nurses graduate every year from the school on average. To date, over one thousand six hundred nurses have graduated from the institution, a third of which have been absorbed by the Nairobi Hospital.

The rest have joined public and private organizations locally and abroad. Located in a serene environment with beautiful and well-maintained gardens, the school offers a favorable environment that molds the right attitude for nursing education. The resources available include well equipped lecture rooms, skills laboratory, computer skills laboratory and a library resource centre equipped with modern books, internet services and other teaching and learning materials.

The management of the school has built an exemplary institution that continues to produce graduates who are professionally outstanding through education and practical training. Today, it has become a necessary resource in medical care in Kenya producing qualified responsible nurses who deliver healthcare with a difference.

Student Nurses Welfare

The welfare of students at the Cicely McDonell College of Health Science is of utmost importance to the management as it gives a state of equilibrium of the physical, mental, social and spiritual components of student nurses. The students are therefore provided with homely environment and are encouraged to participate in charitable and spiritual activities such as the Christian Union, Catholic Action among others. The facilities include a nurses’ home, catering, health care and recreational facilities such as swimming pool, football, darts, netball, volley ball and other indoor games.

The students also organize major activities which include charity events, a swimming gala, a Christmas concert, sports activities, open days and corporate social responsibility activities.

Basic Programme

This is a 3 year Kenya Registered Nursing (KRN) program and is approved by the Nursing Council of Kenya. The Programme trains first level hospital based Nurses and prepares them to work efficiently in an acute health care setting. The curriculum which is structured to include Nursing, Biological, Behavioral and Social Sciencescourses provides a sound foundation for individual nurses to develop in the areas of career choice.

These areas include:

  1. Midwifery,
  2. Mental health Nursing /Psychiatry,
  3. Pediatrics,
  4. Critical Care Nursing /Intensive Care Nursing,
  5. Peri – Operative Nursing /Theatre and to embark on degree programs.

The Kenya Registered Nursing program is regionally and internationally recognized and the graduates have been registered in countries like Britain, USA, and Australia.

Admission Requirements for the Basic Programme

Admission Requirements for the Basic Programme
KCSE or Equivalent with mean grade C (plain) and above
English C (Plain)
Biology C (Plain)
Chemistry or Physics or Mathematics C – (Minus)
Applicants with foreign certificates should have them verified by the Kenya National Examination Council

Post basic courses

Intake : April of every year

How to apply:  Download and fill the application form from The Nairobi Hospital website or collect it from Cicely McDonell school of nursing.

A non-refundable application fee of Kshs. 1,000/- paid through bankers cheque in favour of “The Nairobi Hospital “must accompany the duly filled application form



Basic Life Support 3 days full time All healthworkers
Advanced Cardiac Lie Support 4 days full time Nurses and Doctors
Advanced Trauma Life Support 4 days full time Nurses and doctors
Pediatric Advanced Life Support 3 days full time Nursesand Doctors
Palliative care 2 weeks All healthworkers
Phlebotomy 3 weeks Nurses andlaboratory technicians
BasicCounseling for health workers 2 weeks All healthworkers
Diabetic Management and Education 1 week All healthworkers
1st April (Annually) Intake of both basic programmes and post-basic programmes
1st September (Annually) Intake of both basic programmes and post-basic programmes

Applications accepted all year round

Medical Library

The Nairobi Hospital Library is a fully equipped medical resource centre located on the ground floor of the new doctors consulting rooms. Managed by the Cicely McDonnell School of Nursing, the library is strategic in supporting medical research as it is equipped with the latest books, videos, articles and journals that give the medical fraternity an international point of view.

There is access to the internet which assists in online research as well as communication.

Rules and Regulations

Use of the Library

  • Admission to the use of the Library is restricted to The Nairobi Hospital Employees, Nursing Students and Members of the Admitting Staff only.
  • All users must carry a valid Staff or Student card or be dressed in official uniform.
  • The Librarian reserves the right of admission.

Business Hours

The Library is open from Monday to Saturday (except on Public/National Holidays)

Library Operating Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m


  1. The Librarian may exclude a user from the Library for any willful or persistent infringement of the Regulations, or for acting in any way which may interfere with the convenience of other persons using the Library, or with the work of the Library.
  2. Willful damage to Library materials will result in payment of a penalty charge and the cost of replacing damaged material. A report of the incident will be made to the TNH management of the individual concerned. Depending on the seriousness of the damage the person responsible may also be suspended from the use of the Library for an appropriate period of time.
  3. All readers are expected to maintain silence and act with decorum. Use ofmobile phones in the library is not allowed
  4. Smoking, eating and drinking are strictly forbidden in the Library.
  5. All official notices will be displayed in the entrance hall of the library and carry the full force of the regulations.

Borrowing and Use of Material

  • All loan transactions, including refusal to lend, will be at the discretion of the Librarian, though borrowing facilities will not be denied without good cause.
  • The user shall be responsible for the safety of any items used for reference or borrowed from the Library and shall be liable to pay the cost of repair or replacement, plus an administration fee, for any item which has been lost or damaged, or which cannot be produced when requested.
  • Bone fide members shall borrow a maximum of TWO(2) books for a period of TWO (2) weeks with an option of renewal for a similar period. Videos, CDs, and other electronic resources shall be borrowed overnight (extension of period depended on the circumstances, e.g. Training)
  • A fine shall be levied on overdue books at the rate of KShs. 3 per day on ordinary books, KShs. 5 per day on Short loan books and KShs. 10 on Videos, CDs, DVDs
  • Internet search shall cost KShs. 100 per search, printing will cost KShs. 10 per page and articles downloaded will cost KShs. 20 per article.
  • Computer games are not allowed
  • Downloading and installing unauthorized software(s) is not allowed
  • Personal items like bags/briefcases are not allowed into the reading area. Readers shall take full responsibility of their valuable items, e.g. laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc


  1. Chairperson: Mrs. Margaret Sirima – Lecturer – Cicely McDonell School of Nursing
  2. Vice chairperson: Mr. Fredrick Wambu – The Nairobi Hospital
  3. Secretary:
  4. Treasurer: Ms. Janet Kantai – Retitred nurse/Business
  5. Vice secretary: Ms. Maggy Muoki – The Nairobi Hospital

The patrons of the Association are:

  1. Mrs. Norah A. Onyango – Matron The Nairobi Hospital
  2. Mrs. Rose Omutanyi – Principal, Cicely McDonell School of Nursing


Click on link to download: APPLICATION FORM revised January 2019 (246 downloads)