Uganda Nursing School Bwindi (UNSB) graduated its first class of students on March 11, 2017, a milestone occasion for Bwindi and all of Uganda. The UNSB Class of 2017 is the only nursing school in Uganda to reach the prestigious goal of 100 percent of graduates passing the national nursing exams, receiving licenses and finding employment.
The full day of celebration featured traditional Batwa dancers and choristers whose performances offered thanks for supporters of the nursing school. The guest of honor was the Honorable Janet Kataaha Museveni, First Lady and Minister of Education, who encouraged the graduates to search for God’s wisdom as they begin their careers. She emphasized that “ethics and integrity must be part of the curriculum and this field of study.”
UNSB Principal Jane Anyango, RN, also addressed the graduates. Jane is deeply aware of the challenge of delivering healthcare. For many years, Jane was the only registered nurse serving Bwindi Community Hospital. Jane earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education at Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and returned to Bwindi to lead the new school.
UNSB opened in 2013 and is the only RN-level nursing school for a population of nearly a million people. Its graduates will work in the southwest region of Uganda, greatly improving healthcare to a desperately under-served population.