COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE

History/Profile

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.

1. Basic programmes/ courses offered and the intakes

Kenya Registered Nursing (KRN)

Mode and duration of study: Full-time; 3 years;

Minimum Entry requirements: KCSE or equivalent

examination:
• Mean Grade: C (plain)
• English/Kiswahili C (plain)
• Biology: C (plain)
• Any other science Mathematics/Chemistry/
Physics): C – (Minus)

Intake: April & September each year Tuition Kshs 199,000 per year.

2. Post-basic courses offered and their intakes

Kenya Registered Critical Care Nursing (KRCCN)

Mode and duration of study: Full-time; 1 year;
Minimum Entry requirements:
• KRN/M, KRCHN or BscN
• 2 years working experience in a hospital
• Additional post basic qualifications will be an added advantage
• Valid practice license
Intake: April of every year
Tuition fee: Kshs. 285,150

Kenya Registered Accident & Emergency Nursing (KRAEN)

Mode and duration of study: Full-time; 1 year;
Minimum entry requirements:
• KRN/M, KRCHN, or BScN
• 2 years working experience in a Hospital
• Additional post basic qualifications will be an added advantage
• Valid practice license
Intake: April of every year
Tuition fee: Kshs. 252,500

Kenya Registered Peri-Operative Course

Mode and duration of study: Full-time; 1 year;
Minimum entry requirements:
• KRN/M, KRCHN, or BScN
• 2 years working experience in a Hospital
• Additional post basic qualifications will be an added advantage
• Valid practice license
Intake: April of every year
Tuition Fee: Kshs 259,000 per year.

Neonatal Critical Care Nursing (NCCN)

Mode and duration of study: Full-time; 1 year;
Minimum entry requirements:
• KRN/M, KRCHN or BScN
• 2 years working experience in a hospital
• Additional post-basic qualifications is an added advantage
• Valid practice license
Intake: September of every year
Tuition fee: Kshs 285,150

3. Other short courses offered, their duration and requirements

 

Course Duration Mode of Study Participants
Basic Life Support (BLS) 1 day Full time All health workers
Basic Trauma Life support (BTLS) 3 days Full time Nurses, EMTs, Paramedics, Clinical officers
Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS) 3 days Full time Nurses & Doctors
Neonatal Life Support (NLS) 1 day Full time Nurses & Doctors
Diabetic education and management 5 days Full time Nurses and Doctors
Phlebotomy 2 weeks Full time Nurses, Radiographers, Laboratory Scientists
Basic counselling for health care workers 2 weeks Full time All health workers
Essential Pain Management Course (EPM) 1 day Full time Nurses, Physiotherapists,
Fundamentals of Cancer Care for Nurses 2 weeks Full time Nurses
Wound Care 3 days Full time Nurses & Doctors
Theatre Technicians 6 months Part-time Theatre attendants
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

DAYS OPENING CLOSING
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00a.m. 5:00 p.m
C. Conduct

a. 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.
b. 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 hospital 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.
c. All readers are expected to maintain silence and act with decorum. Use of mobile phones in the library is not allowed
d. Smoking, eating and drinking are strictly forbidden in the Library.
e. All official notices will be displayed in the Entrance Hall of the Library and carry the full force of the Regulations.

D. Borrowing and Use of Material
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. Bone fide members shall borrow a maximum of TWO (2) resources for a period that will be determined by the nature of the resource. (Three days for short-loan, a week for inspirational and two weeks for normal loans 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).
d. A fine shall be levied on overdue books at the rate of KShs. 10 per day on normal loans, KShs. 20 per day on Short loan / inspirational resources and KShs. 20 on Videos, CDs, DVDs.
e. Internet search shall cost KShs. 100 per search; Articles downloaded will cost KShs. 20 per article. Printing will cost KShs. 10 per page and Kshs 30 for colored print outs. Photocopy services shall be offered at a cost of Kshs 5 per page.
f. Downloading and installing unauthorized software(s) is not allowed
g. Personal items like bags/briefcases are not allowed into the reading area. Readers shall take full responsibility of their valuable items, e.g. money, laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc

ADMISSION INTO NURSING TRAINING FORM.

Click on link to download: APPLICATION FORM revised January 2019 (540 downloads)

1. When is it appropriate to submit my application? We accept applications throughout the year.
2. After submission of the application, what is the next step? You will be notified in writing when you are scheduled for an interview. The outcome of the interview will be communicated after two weeks.
3. What if I do not meet your minimum requirements, do you offer bridging courses? No, we do not.

4. Do you offer certificate courses?

No, our courses start from Diploma level.

5. How long does it take to upgrade from Certificate Nursing to KRN?
Two years.

6. Do you accept credit transfer?

Yes, we accept credit transfers from recognized nursing training institutions.
7. Do you offer accommodation facilities, uniforms and meals to students?
We provide accommodation at a fee, meals are at pay as you eat (PAYE) basis. We will guide you where to buy uniforms.
8. Do you provide books for the Nursing training? No, but we do have a well-equipped medical library.
9. Are visitors allowed to visit students?

Yes, but in accordance with the rules and regulations of the institution.
10. Do you allow time off during training?

We give 31 days’ leave per year, days and nights off as outlined in our policy.
11. Is your school accredited and by which organization?

Yes, by the Nursing Council of Kenya since 1956. We are also accredited by Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority as from 2018
12. How many students do you admit per class? 40 students. We also admit 20 students per class for higher diploma courses in KRCCN, A/E, Peri-op/ NICU.
13. Do you have an age limit for KRN Training? No, there is no age limit.
14. Can I get employment abroad after training?

Yes, our nursing program is recognized internationally.

15. Am I guaranteed of a Job with the Nairobi Hospital after 3 years of Training? Yes, however you will have to undergo an interview process.

The welfare of students at the Cicely McDonell College of Health Science is of utmost importance to the management as it supports holistic development of student nurses. The students are therefore provided with homely environment and are encouraged to participate in 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, gym, 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, corporate social responsibility activities and inter college competitions.

a) The College has spacious lecture theatres
b) Well-equipped skills lab
c) Single and double duplex accommodation facilities (this is optional)
d) Transport to and from clinical placements
e) Well-structured mentorship programmes