A forum aimed at reviewing a five year (2012-2017) strategic plan of the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) has begun in Monrovia.
The five-day gathering will focus on political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal issues. The forum is expected to also analyze and strengthen the weaknesses, opportunities and eliminate threats posed to the sector.
Other areas to be considered will include the LBNM’s vision, mission and core value, guiding principles as well as key results and strategic goals.
Professor Sebalda Leshabar, Dean of Nursing and Midwifery at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, underscored the important role nurses play in the health sector and as such the strategic plan of the LBNM must be given key attention by its members.
Dr. Leshabar, who is also facilitating the five-day midterm review, cautioned the participants to take keen interest in the strategic plan as they go through the discussions.
She told the participants to get involved in the process and continue to collaborate with other partners, particularly lawmakers, to ensure that the plan becomes workable.
LBNM’s Board Chairperson, Ms. Cecelia A. Morris, said the plan is to ensure continual improvement of service to the public in anticipation of future public needs and evaluation of performance.
“It is also intended to create an environment that will allow professional and career development so that nurses and midwives are able to use their skills to enhance the patient experience, while working with their partners in health and social care,” Madam Morris indicated.
Liberia’s Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Musu Washington, who was proxy for Health Minister Bernice Dahn, pledged the Ministry’s support, working with the LBNM to improve the professional and ethical skills of nurses across the country.
The strategic plan was developed by the Ministry of Health, Deans of Universities, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and local health training institutions.
It was established in 1949 under the Nurse Practice Act of 1948. The Board began actual activities in 1952, when it started licensing practical nurses and midwives who were admitted as auxiliary members.