The Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College (NMTC) comprise the Nursing Training College and the Midwifery Training School. Both institutions developed as individual offshoots of the Holy Family Hospital at Berekum to train the requisite nursing personnel for the hospital and sister health facilities in other parts of the country. Since its establishment, the NMTC has trained so many health personnel who are working in different parts of the country.
According to the genesis of the NMTC, in 1943, the late Nana Boakye Yiadom Owusu II, the then Paramount Chief of Berekum Traditional area, appealed to the then Catholic Bishop of Kumasi, Most Rev. Paulisan, to establish a hospital in Berekum to cater for the health needs of the people in Berekum and Jaman Districts. Nana’s appeal was favourably considered by Bishop Paulisan and his overseas sponsors. Following the approval of Nana’s appeal, the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) arrived in Ghana in 1948 and established the first clinic of the Holy Family Hospital at Berekum.
Over the years the clinic grew bigger to become a hospital under the care and management of the Medical Mission Sisters. As the hospital continued to expand and increase services, the Medical Mission Sisters became mindful of the importance of training and replenishing of human resources for health institutions, especially professional nurses for their own hospitals and clinics. They therefore advised the church to immediately establish a Nurses Training School. As a result, Rev. Sr. Catherine (Patrick) Shean of the Medical Mission Sisters founded the Nursing School on 21st January 1957. This was later followed by the establishment of the Midwifery Training School in 1964 by Rev. Sr. Rosemary Smith to train midwives for the hospitals. The two schools went through different stages of metamorphosis and maturity until they weaned from the hospital and became autonomous in 1991.
The Nursing School initially prepared students for the Qualified Registered Nursing (QRN) programme, which was a three-year programme for students with the Middle School Leavers Certificate (MSLC). The curriculum at the time followed the syllabus set out by the Nurses Board for Ghana. The method of training for the Q.R.N. programme was mainly by apprenticeship, with few hours of formal instruction. Those who successfully completed the Q.R.N. programme were duly registered with the Nurses Board for Ghana. By 1971, the school had produced eighty-nine (89) QRN nurses (79 females and 10 males).
The nursing tutors at the time included Sr. Mary Ann Tregoning, Sr. Joan Coughlin, Sr. Gerarda Conijn and Rose Kershbaumer.
Following the advice of the Nurses and Midwives’ Council to improve the health care delivery system in the country, the Government terminated the policy on Q.R.N. training in 1968 and replaced it with the State Registered Nursing (S.R.N.) training programme. The College did not, at the time, meet the requirements to start the S.R.N. Programme. Nevertheless, in order that the infrastructure would not lie idle, the Enrolled Nursing programme was started in 1969 and continued till 1983, when it was also phased out. By 1983, the school had produced 289 Enrolled Nurses (222 females and 67 males). During this period the school recorded a 100% pass rate at the Final State Examinations with many students excelling with credits and distinctions in various subjects. As a matter of fact, the school translated into action its motto:“Before you learn to care, you must care to learn”.
Vision of the College
To continue the healing ministry of Christ, by training young men and women to provide high quality patient care through professional nurses and midwives with ethical and moral standards; who are conscientious as well as professionally competent, motivated and united in their common respect for fundamental human values.
Mission of the College
To train all prospective students without regard to religion, tribe, nationality and social standing as nurses and midwives in order to render nursing and midwifery services to the people of Ghana by:
- Selecting qualified candidates through interviewing
- Teaching and assessing students with all ethical values and discipline presented by the Nurses and Midwives council of Ghana and the catholic church
- Ensuring that students are molded into client oriented responsible nurses and midwives
- Running the college by qualified and experienced tutors in accordance with the Ghana Education Service Standards.
“Before you learn to care, you must care to learn”.
Aim and objectives of the College
The aim of the college is to train the requisite and qualified nursing and midwifery personnel to supply the manpower needs of health institutions in the country.
As part of our objectives we train nurses and midwives to uphold ethical and professional standards.
As a catholic institution we instill in our nursing students the gospel values of the kingdom of God, among which are love, compassion, forgiveness, humility, sacrifice, tolerance; and care for the sick, women, children, and the vulnerable.
In other words we train not only the mind but the heart too and that is what makes us unique.