Wisconsin has launched its School of Nursing and its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programme at a colourful Inauguration Ceremony on 9th May, 2016.

The ceremony, which took place at the University College’s main campus in North Legon, was attended by dignitaries from the Ghana Health Service; the Ministry of Health; the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, nursing and medical professionals from various hospitals and teaching hospitals; management, staff and students of Wisconsin.

Delivering the keynote address, guest speaker Prof Ahmed Adu-Oppong, Dean of the School of Nursing at University of Cape Coast (UCC), said: “When we came to start the nursing school at UCC, the facilities were nowhere near what Wisconsin has.”

Prof Adu-Oppong added that nurses trained at Wisconsin would be extremely fortunate as they would not only benefit from superior learning facilities, but would also have exposure to the many cultures represented in the student community, as well as opportunities to learn French and Chinese.

Wisconsin’s vision is to develop a Nursing Educational Center of Excellence which will train exceptional professional nurses who are marketable globally.
Dean of the School of Nursing at Wisconsin, Dr  Carlos Arrow, said leadership through empowerment would be his approach to running the School of Nursing and training the students.

Dr Arrow said: “Wisconsin has arrived at a new milestone in Leadership in Education and is moving forward.

“As one Jim Collins said: Leaders have a mindset that sees possibilities rather than the problems created by change. As nurses, we already possess the characteristics of leadership – we are creators, innovators and developers.”

He added: “Here at Wisconsin, we will endeavor to change the world in our own little way by training and empowering nurses who will transform the landscape of healthcare in Ghana, in Africa, and across the world wherever they go.”

To showcase Wisconsin’s rich student talent, there were performances by gospel singer Pere and a cultural dance by the Nigerian Students Association cultural troupe.

The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the site of the skills laboratory. Thereafter, student ambassadors took guests on a tour of the school’s facilities, which include a state-of-the-art Nursing skills laboratory, and its dedicated Nursing library and the modern Main library, which covers two floors.

Wisconsin was granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programme on 29th March, 2016. The programme is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, the professional body responsible for the training and regulation of nurses and midwives in the country, has also approved the programme, the institution’s facilities, and its instructors.

Wisconsin’s student nurses will benefit from:
•    a fully-equipped skills laboratory that simulates a real-life ward
•    a well-stocked library and access to leading electronic library databases
•    modern, air-conditioned classrooms with cutting-edge technology and visual teaching aids
•    IT, French and Chinese skills for greater marketability
•    skills in Sign Language to enable nurses to communicate with persons with hearing and speech impairments
•    a low student-to-instructor ratio
•    disabled access to classrooms and the skills laboratory
•    an on-site physician on call
•    an on-site Sick Bay
Admissions are currently underway for the Summer Semester, which starts on 11th  May, 2016.
Eligible applicants include Senior Secondary School leavers, healthcare assistants, community or enrolled nurses, who will enter the programme at level 100.
Holders of a Diploma in Nursing, professional nurses and state-registered nurses will be placed at level 200 or higher.
Mature applicants who are non-nursing professionals can also apply, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Photos of the event are available at facebook.com/wiucghana