The road to the Saint John of God Catholic School of Nursing began in 24th June 2006 with the very first step. It was under the directorship of Bro. Peter L. Dawoh that a Management Team of five(5) members with the support of the Brothers community and Hospital Staff decided to celebrate the forty years of the existence of the hospital erected since 7th January 1967. It was during that meeting that the five members brainstormed to come out with the idea of doing something worth remembering to mark the forty years of the existence of Saint John of God Catholic Hospital in Mabesseneh—Lunsar.. Present at the meeting were: Bro. Peter L. Dawoh, (Hospital Director) Bro. Simon Z. Bakaar (Superior), Bro. Linus N. Tangu, (Lungi Clinic Administrator), Fr. John Di Tarawalie (Parish Priest), Mr. Mohamed Lamin Bah (Staff Rep) The above members with Mr. Mohamed. O. Kanu (Community Rep.) will form the Central Planning Committee and Mr. Mohamed Lamin Bah being the Central Planning Committee Secretary. In a letter dated 28th July, 2006 the first Anniversary Planning Committee meeting was convoked for Saturday 1 July, 2006 in the Director’s Office. The above members with some stakeholders came together to see how the forty years of the hospital existence could be celebrated in grand style.
During the first joint meeting a lot of brainstorming was done to define the purpose of celebrating the forty years of the existence of the hospital. Among many suggestions made, the idea of a nursing school dominated the discussion. Members finally settled to begin the process by organising a “Walk towards a Nursing School”. This suggestion received the strongest support from all the committee members leading to its adoption.
The strong reason advanced from the brainstorming was the creation of a nursing school. It is a fact that it will be the first private Nursing School in the Northern province of Sierra Leone. It was noted that this idea is long overdue as many young girls and boys wishing to do nursing strain to do so elsewhere. In addition, the existence of the nursing training school will go along way to sustain and strengthen staff capacity of the hospital.
The hospital has been in existence for the past forty years and most the staff are drawn from other part of the country . Most often they come only to gain experience and leave. This has often caused a high labour turnover.
So the creation of a nursing school was seen as a way to train and retain brilliant pupils who would wish to stay and serve the hospital. In addition, the hospital will sponsor the present auxiliary nurses for training.
When the idea was becoming more realistic and practicable, giving it a proper name become necessary. The Central Planning Committee went back to the brainstorming table to come out with a fitting name. The first idea was to think of the former missionary brothers (Founding Fathers) who have served tirelessly in the mission of Sierra Leone. They include Bros. Richard Botifal, Jose-Mª Perez, Rafael Perrello, Fernando Aguilo etc.
Finally, members settled on the name “Saint John of God School of Nursing” with the aim of reflecting the name of the hospital enjoying the forty years of existence. The school will become the first child of St. John of God Catholic Hospital on the eve of its anniversary.
After a very long strugle the St John of God School of Nursing finally opened its doors on the 07 October 2007 and it is now proud of being one of the schools recommended in the country. It has in its program both theory and practical to satisfy the students desires to be the best in their future carrier. God be thanked each year we have a promotion of new graduates of nurses from the school after passing and satisfying a three years course in the school.