Department of Child, Adult and Mental Health Nursing


Head of Department: Owino Richard Ogutu

Qualifications: BSc.N, MSc.N (Mental Health).



The academic year of 2011/12 opened a new dawn for a new school in Moi University, “The School of Nursing” comprising of highly compressed three departments. The Department of Medical-Surgical and Mental Health Nursing is one of the three departments which have been in existence for barely five (5) months just as the new School of Nursing in the new College of Health Sciences of Moi University.The department houses three (3) discrete nursing specialties; that is, Mental Health, Child Health and Adult Health Nursing.Efforts are being made to rename the department so as to reflect all the three areas of specializations in nursing.

As nursing continues to emerge it is important that professionalism that is rooted in quality assurance is maintained by all institutions of higher learning including this wonderful University.

The department’s mission is in line with that of Moi University, which is to produce graduates with practical and intellectual skills appropriate to the needs of present and future Kenyan society.As a department, we endeavor to ensure that the students acquire such skills using modalities that encourage active learning as students and during their practice as health professionals.The General orientation of its educational programmes is population and community focused.The teaching and learning strategies have been deliberately chosen to encourage the acquisition of an integrated and holistic body of knowledge and skills through innovative learning-teaching methods.The department participates in teaching, research and facilitation of learning of Nursing and Medical students within the College of Health Sciences.Moreover, as a unit in the School of Nursing, there are fifteen (15) courses in the curriculum that are run by the department.

Concerning staff establishment, we are however acutely understaffed; a situation that has attracted the attention of University Management as evidenced by recent urgency to recruit additional specialized academics in the relevant areas in the discipline of nursing profession.Currently, the department has two (2) of its members of academic staff pursuing doctorate degrees in the United States of America and Canada, respectively.N.K. Mutea (Adult Health Nursing specialist) is on her final year at Indiana University (USA) while O.M.Kyololo (Child Health Nursing specialist) has just begun his PhD in Canada.Clearly, we as a department envisage growth and development of postgraduate programmes in nursing specialties including Mental Health, Child Health and Adult Health Nursing as the staffing situation improves.Finally, I would like to take this humble opportunity to thank the University Management for their continued support and contributions towards building the nursing profession and improvement of the lives of population of this country through provision of modern training of graduate and under graduate nurses.

Members of Academic Staff







Designation / Qualification


Fulltime academics


Richard O. Ogutu

HOD – Lecturer

BSc. N.; MSc.N (Mental Health)


Naomi K. Mutea


BSc. N.; MSc.N (Adult Health)


O.M. Kyololo


BSc. N.; MSc.N (Child Health)


Millie C. Obel


BSc. N.; MPhil (Medical Education)


Elima J. Kulei


BSc. N.; MSc. N (Adult Health)


Emily Muthoni Nyaga

Assistant Lecturer



Anne Lydiah Wawire

Chief Technician


Support Staff


Jane Boit



Purity Kiptoo

Office Assistant

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