Dr. (PhD. RN) Wvannie Scott-McDonald has expressly told the Daily Observer about her joy over two Master’s holders who are back to beef the quality at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) at the hospital.
Dr. McDonald, who is the General Administrator for John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC), including TNIMA, in Sinkor, said the arrival of the two would help strengthen and augment the manpower at the hospital.
Dr. McDonald spoke with the Observer in an exclusive interview at a recognition ceremony for the two ladies—Ada C. Brown-Wraynee and Cynthia Kokro-Bondoe—who earned their Master’s degree in Nursing Education from the Indiana University (IU) School of Nursing in the United States of America in December 2013.
Ada and Cynthia, who could not make the December graduation ceremonies in the US because they were in Liberia where they had come to do the remaining of their thesis papers, were blessed to have senior officials, including the Dean of IU—Madam Marion E. Broome, to attend their recognition program, which was held in the conference room of the University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet Dennis.
Other IU officials, who also graced the ceremony, were Mary Beth Riner, Associate Dean for Global Affairs; Deanna Reising, Associate Professor and Evelyn Stephenson, Clinical Assistant Professor. These officials hooded the two graduates.
The two fellows, Ada and Cynthia, were sponsored by the USAID/Higher Education for Development Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences, in order to support the implementation of the BSc Midwifery and Nursing degree program to be offered during the next academic year through a UL-TNIMA partnership.
As part of their graduate research activity, the two nurses were trained as trainers in the Helping Babies Breathe technique. Since they returned in December, they have trained 154 midwives and nurses on the technique.
The Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences is a $2.6 million partnership between the University of Liberia, Indiana University, and University of Massachusetts, supporting development and strengthening of health and life sciences at UL and TNIMA. As part of its mission, grant also supports the development of the undergraduate life sciences at UL and pre-clinical courses at A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.
Also speaking with the Observer, one of the fellows, Ada, said she feels great coming back to augment the workforce at TNIMA. She said she had acquired special skills in managing infant and child mortality, which is high in Liberia.
Ada: “When you tell fellow Liberians in the States that you are coming back to Liberia, they tell you ‘are you crazy’. I have the passion for my job and I think Liberia needs me most so I decided to come back.”
She said she would be shuttling among UL, TNIMA and JFK, because TNIMA is about to begin a Bachelor of Nursing Program in collaboration with UL.