WHO WE ARE
KENYA PROGRESSIVE NURSES ASSOCIATION
KPNA is the national and global professional voice of Kenyan nursing, representing over 135,000 nurses in all 47 counties across Kenya.
Our Members include:
- Other nursing associations, unions and colleges that KPNA is affiliated to (nurses belonging to either of these organizations are automatically members of KPNA
- Licensed/registered practical nurseswho have joined KPNA
- Registered psychiatric nurseswho have joined KPNA
- Independent RNs from all the 47 counties in Kenya who have joined KPNA
- Retired nurseswho have joined KPNA
- Nursing Students derived from various Kenyan Nursing Institutions
- Network of Nurse Practitioners in Kenya
OUR VALUES & PRINCIPLES
- Professionalism and integrity
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Participatory leadership
- Respect for Members’ rights and privileges
- Equal representation for all members
- Result orientation
OUR OBJECTIVES & GOALS
- To advance nursing excellence and positive health outcomes in the public interest;
- To promote profession-led regulation in the public interest;
- To act in the public interest for Kenyan nursing and nurses, providing national and international leadership in nursing and health; and
- To advocate in the public interest for a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
- In pursuit of the vision and mission, KPNA has established the following goals:
- To be a leading association in members welfare and service provision
- To promote socio-economic well-being of the members through resource mobilization, training and collaboration with partners
- To promote and enhance the role of nurses to strengthen nursing and the Kenyan health system.
- To shape and advocate for healthy public policy provincially/territorially, nationally and internationally.
- To advance nursing leadership for nursing and for health.
- To broadly engage nurses in advancing nursing and health.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT OUR HISTORY...
In 1986, a group of nurses led by a senior nurse; Mrs. Murigu converged at Kenya’s oldest health facility; the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where an association that would advocate for equal representation of Kenyan nurses irrespective of cadre was registered. A memorandum was subsequently written and presented to the office of the Director of Medical Services.
One year later, the then Head of State, H.E Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, gave the Association’s registration exercise a nod. A draft of the constitution was also submitted to the Registrar of Societies. Having attained all the legal requirements, the Association (Kenya Enrolled Nurses Association (KENA) was officially registered.
In 1998, it held its inaugural elections whereby Mr James Muiruri was appointed as the Association’s first Chairman. At a later date, during the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), members unanimously resolved to rebrand consequently changing its name to Kenya Professional Nurses Association (KPNA). The core objective of the re-branding exercise was to ensure that nurses in all cadres of the profession were duly registered. A launch to officially unveil the Association was also held. The occasion was befittingly graced by the then Minister for Health Hon. Dr. Amukowa Anagwe at the Eldoret S.O.S Hall.
However, a petition advocating for a change of the Association’s official name was brought forward by one of our affiliates.
After several deliberations, KPNA Members agreed to review the Association’s official name thereby settling for the Kenya Progressive Nurses Association.
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Awards and Recognition
The KPNA NEC board is responsible for honoring those who have made an outstanding contribution to nursing