Saida Waheed FMH College of Nursing SWCON
The Fatima Memorial Hospital (FMH) was established in 1977, by Begum Saida Waheed as a non-profit community hospital for women and children with the purpose of supporting and augmenting services provided by the government. Realizing the acute shortage of nurses and midwives, she set up a school of midwifery in 1978, which was upgraded to a school of General Nursing in 1995 and to a College of Nursing offering post basic diploma courses in 1999.
In 2007 it was expanded into the Saida Waheed College of Nursing; the nurses graduating from SWCON are among the best in the nation, as reflected by the 33 UHS positions and 256 UHS distinctions secured so far in the Nursing Board Examinations.
Both our Degree and Diploma programmes lead to professional nurse registration. They are both equally divided between academic study and practical experience. The B.Sc. Nursing Studies programme also has an extended project within your third year, further developing research skills, an understanding of the scientific basis of nursing, and management and communication skills. Opportunities exist for Diploma students who perform well in both academic study and practice to proceed to a B.Sc.N, Post RN B.Sc.N or Post Basic Specialties, with the agreement of the programme team.
Our Nursing programmes are taught by experienced nurse tutors and academics from a variety of disciplines. To ensure seamless links between theory and practice, all staff work very closely with experts in local healthcare institutes and related services We have nationally recognized nursing leaders and researchers, and all our teaching staff are committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience, enabling you to emerge as confident, competent professionals.
You are allocated a clinical placement/training in various hospitals in and around Lahore. You will therefore benefit from consistent support from registered nurses qualified to be student mentors. They will guide your learning on a day-to-day basis, helping you to achieve your learning targets. Very positive experiences in practice lead many of our students to obtain employment in their hospitals at the end of the programme.
The single largest issue faced by the health care systems worldwide is the increasing demand of nurses. The Saida Waheed FMH College of Nursing feels this sense of urgency and the need to develop more nurses to serve communities’ health care needs.
With this endeavour we not only hope to fulfill 30% of the critical shortage of nurses faced by the Punjab province, but also to export trained nurses to other countries in the region to help earn foreign exchange for Pakistan, to empower women through professional education, as well as to catapult hundreds of families above the poverty line, while at the same time lowering the maternal and child mortality rate through their services.
Last but not least, help in producing a world class faculty to teach future nurses of Pakistan.