KANYE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST COLLEGE OF NURSING

History

History

Kanye Seventh Day Adventist College is a mission and outstanding institution with a proud and distinct history. The College was established in 1947, to recognize Christ as a unifying factor between secular knowledge and the Bible. Hence, it embraces the principles of integration of faith and learning.  The college grew as an integral part of Kanye Seventh Day Adventist Mission Hospital, therefore provided education and trained nurses to function within the philosophy and objectives of the Seventh - day Adventist education worldwide. When the institution was opened, it trained only the general nurses who were registered with the Executive Nursing Council for the Bechuanaland Protectorate. From 1964 – 1978, a significant number of intake increased from five (5) to twenty- two (22). The intake continually improved, over a period of times, though at time, for instance in 1983 the college was challenged by shortage of the teaching staff. In response to the situation the college affiliated with the University of Botswana in April 1989. It had a student body of seventy-seven (77) which rose to 120 in the 1999-2000 academic year.   Thereafter the yearly intake increased to 50 on average. Historically and to date, the College receives candidates from Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe amongst many other countries.

The fascinating thing about our college history is that by re-telling the past, it teaches us about the present and in doing so, it lays the foundation for our future and channels our mandate.  In February 28, 2013 the Kanye Seventh Day Adventist Hospital and College of Nursing Board voted separation of the college from the hospital per long overdue recommendation from the appropriate authorizing/governing bodies; namely: Ministry of Health; 14th December 1994, Department of Health Ministries of the Eastern African Division and General Conference (GC) of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church; 14th November 2002.

These separation allowed the College to get the needed support from the education boards whose functionalities differ from the current board which is primarily medical for the College of Nursing to move from non-collegiate to full collegiate status so as to offer degree programmes and facilitate the future plans to elevate the institution to a University. The education board is responsible for advancing the purposes of the College; promoting and protecting its independence, academic freedom, integrity; and enhancing and preserving assets for the benefit of future generations of students and society at large.

The College offers three (3) programmes with total enrolment of 260 students in one campus in Kanye. A three (3) year Higher Diploma in General nursing accounted for 67 % of the total student’s enrolment. While the two years Advanced Diplomas have been introduced, namely the Advanced Diploma in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Midwifery only accounting for 33%. The programmes prepare nurses who can provide quality nursing care and in collaboration with other members of the health team, will be able to plan for and deliver comprehensive health care services to meet the health needs of Botswana

The college believes that the appropriate use of the name of the Christian doctrine of Seventh –day Adventist will bring credit to all its members and to the institution itself. The departments, staff, administrators, and students of Kanye SDA College of Nursing are proud of the accomplishments of the Institution. As reflected in the Self-Study Report, the period from 2016 has been characterized by growth, change, and excitement. Throughout all of the changes and growth, Kanye SDA College has remained committed to radical transformation and is still relevant, fit and will continue to be education and training provider in the context of Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) Accreditation policies.