The Liberian Board of Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) last Friday, September 9, restored full accreditation to the Bomi County Community College Nursing Department.
In 2015 the LBNM withdrew the accreditation because nursing department lacked standards, instructional staff and materials, among others. These deficiencies have all been overcome for the department to reach the required standards of the Board following the appointment of Dr. Zobong Norman as BCCC president.
At a dissemination of accreditation results held at the LBNM’s conference room in Monrovia before a large body of BCCC officials and representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Mrs. Mona Sankoh, chairperson for LBNM’s accreditation section, presented the certificate of full re-accreditation to BCCC President, Dr. Zobong Norman.
Mrs. Sankoh said the LBNM was impressed with the remarkable improvement at the BCCC department of nursing that eventually caused the department to meet the LBNM standards, which led to it regaining full accreditation.
“While we are satisfied with your full restoration,” Mrs. Sankoh said, “we encourage the BCCC to continue to ensure that the standards set will continue so that we will have graduates from your department who will expand the healthcare system.”
She commended BCCC President Norman for his exceptional leadership, persistent and cooperative support to ensure that the nursing department regained its full accreditation.
“Our goal and your goal should be the protection of the public’s health by producing competent and ethical nurses with the necessary knowledge and skills in the field of nursing,” she said.
Earlier, LBNM Registrar, Mrs. Cecelia C. Kpangbala Flomo, gave an extensive overview of the strenuous two-day process by a team of officials at the BCCC and the Liberian Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
Mrs. Flomo said the LBNM team concentrated on four areas, including classroom and practical instruction and assessment of learning (79%); clinical instruction; practice and assessment (83%); institution, infrastructure and training materials available (92%); and management (74%).
She said the college secured an overall 81% and expressed appreciation for President Norman, his BCCC team, and the administration of the Liberian Government Hospital for their cooperation and support.
Responding, Dr. Norman noted that while it was frustrating upon assuming leadership of BCCC to know that the department of nursing had lost accreditation, he realized that much was needed to ensure that everything was on the right track.
He said the new administration recognized the need for the department to produce quality graduates and therefore he never relented in his quest to ensure that the required standards were established and applied. He said he was grateful that the initial140 students, who had to be turned down, would now have the excellent privilege of getting nursing educational experience beyond compare.
Dr. Norman assured the LBNM of his administration’s determination to raise every standard of discipline at the college to benefit students from Cape Mount, Gbapolu and Bomi counties.
It may be recalled that in an effort to regain the nursing department’s reaccreditation, Dr. Norman upgraded the nursing department’s demonstration lab, added classrooms, hired experienced clinicians, purchased air conditioners and generators, developed various policy documents, and acquired current and mandatory nursing text books.
He also expanded the school’s library, divided classroom sections to accommodate the required number of 45 students per class, created a spacious computer lab, provided a television set, and is installing an internet center.
LBNM assessors included Mr. Zenus Flomo, Director, Grand Bassa Community College, Health Sciences; Mrs. Darboi Korkoyah, Director Nursing Education, LBNM; and Mrs. Nowai Johnson, Collaborative Support for Health (CSH).