The School of Nursing and Midwifery (SNM), in collaboration with the Directorate of Research,
Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC), has held its maiden Research Support Grants Award
The Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Nancy Innocentia Ebu Enyan, explained
that the principal goal of the ceremony was to work towards achieving the current Research
Agenda of the University of Cape Coast which focused on “Education and Environment for
Sustainable Development”. She said, “In line with this goal, the School developed four thematic
areas in 2018 which were influenced by patient and client needs, and national health sector
priorities.” The priority research areas identified to guide the development of departmental
research includes: Promoting quality nursing and midwifery education, clinical and community
management of chronic conditions and disabilities, women’s health, maternal and child health,
Hospital-acquired infections and HIV/AIDS management.
She congratulated the Heads of Department and faculty for their immense support in achieving
the initiative. "I'm hopeful that we will be energized by this and stay focused in our research
paths to enhance the visibility of faculty members, the School and the University at large," she
The Director for DRIC, Prof. Frederick Ato Armah, presented the keynote address on the topic,
“Twenty-first-century nursing education, responsible research and innovation for national
development and impact”. He noted that the ability of nurses to make use of new and future
technologies, such as robotics, automation and digitalization, would be an important competitive
advantage which is crucial for success in a world of globally competitive markets.
“Long-term focus on research quality is an essential prerequisite for a high university innovation
impact. UCC in general, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery in particular, therefore need
to keep up our efforts for research excellence along the entirety of the Technology Readiness
Level (TRL), which requires a close and long-term collaboration between academia, research
organizations and the private and public sectors,” he noted.
Prof. Armah stated that the future of nursing would depend on experienced nurses taking a
leadership role to train incoming generations, a community-based approach to care, and a focus
on demographic shifts.
“This implies that nurse researchers, educators, and leaders must work with professional nursing
organizations for a structured process to develop new research-related policies, standards, and
recommended guidelines to help shape innovations in nursing scholarly research partnerships,"
There were 13 awardees from the Departments of Adult Health, Maternal and Child Health, and
Mental Health. The grants awarded were for the following research projects:
Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Clinical Placement of Nursing Students and
Midwives' experience of providing care during COVID-19 Pandemic in the Central
Region of Ghana.
Psychotropic Medication adherence/Non-adherence among patients in Psychiatric
Hospitals in Ghana.
The Grants Award ceremony was chaired by Prof. Mrs. Rosemond Boohene of the School of
Present at the ceremony was the Provost, College of Health and Allied Sciences, Prof. Martins
Ekor, Deans, Deputy Directors of DRIC, Heads of Department, and faculty members.