LBNM Warns About Fake Nursing Schools



The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

September 1, 2004

The Liberian Board of Nursing & Midwifery {LBNM} has cautioned students desirous of taking up nursing as a profession to enroll at schools that have been duly accredited.

The LBNM said this is the only way such students would obtain license upon completion of their studies.

A release from the LBNM, signed by its chairman, Cecelia Morris and approved by the Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Dedeh F. Jones, named institutions that have been accredited by LBNM as Cuttington University College, Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts(TNIMA), Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, United Methodist University School of Health Science, Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing, and the Smythe Institute of Management and Technology.

The LBNM’s release further warns expected nursing students to attend one of these institutions because if they are practicing nursing without being licensed they will be acting against the laws of Liberia.

“If you graduate from a school that has not been accredited by the LBNM, you will not be recognized as a professional nurse in any other country”, the release which was also signed by Dr. Benson Barh, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia concluded.

Recent times have witnessed the proliferation of First Aid training centers which are masquerading as nursing institutions.

These training centers continue to graduate students who are not qualified as professional nurses but are practicing on the field as professional nurses in the country.

This has apparently claimed the attention of the Liberian Board of Nursing & Midwifery and so, has decided to take this stance to curtail what medical practitioners consider as fraud in the profession.

They said as assemblymen representing their people and the county, they are calling on concerned to adhere to their recommendations made earlier or else they will meet stiff resistance from citizens of the county.

Rep. Wilson and Rep. Wallace in a very disturbed and emotional mood said, “ we will mobilize our people and apply violence if anyone challenges us. We will take to the streets and make the county uncomfortable for those appointees.”

They further threatened that they will not allow any other tribe least to say a ‘Krahn’ man to occupy any seat in the county adding, “Grand Gedeh is not the god-father for southeastern counties, therefore we will not accept them to dictate to us.”

“People will not continue to carry non Marylanders to our county to occupy positions while our people clap for them as though we do not have competent people in the county”, the lawmakers pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Jet Publishing Inc. last week honored Rep. Wilson for his what they termed, for good service rendered to the society.

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