School of Nursing Sciences and Public Health

Catherine Syombua M. Mwenda is an Associate Professor- Nursing Sciences and Dean, School of Nursing Sciences and Public Health. She holds a BSc Nursing, MSc Nursing and Phd in Nursing all from The University of Nairobi (UoN). Catherine was awarded PhD in Nursing Sciences and graduated in 2012. She started her professional career as a BSc Nurse (NO I) at Isiolo Level 4 Hospital from January 2002 to February, 2007. Her teaching career started at Kenya Methodist University from March 2007 to July 2008 as a Full time lecturer. She then moved to Kenyatta University (KU) from August 2008 to February 2013 as a Full time Lecturer and School of Health Sciences examination coordinator. In March 2013, Catherine moved to Mount Kenya University, School of Nursing Sciences where she was promoted to Senior Lecturer. She worked at different capacities include academic leader at the school, postgraduate coordinator and chair of Medical Surgical Nursing department. She also participated in writing of various proposals for funding through which she managed to win a multidisciplinary-multi institutional research grant by National Research Fund as a Principal Investigator. Catherine is currently employed as an Associate Professor of Nursing Sciences at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), Main campus as the dean School of Nursing Sciences and public Health.
Catherine has done several scientific researches, supervised over 30 postgraduate student (masters and PhDs) and done over 35 peer reviewed research article publications. She has mentored several students and lecturers to attract funds through research proposals. She has participated as a committee member of the nursing council and national nurses association of Kenya for several years. Catherine has served as an external curriculum reviewer and external examiner of various universities in Kenya.

Presentation of Papers at Academic and Professional Scientific Conferences

  • 19th April 2018: Determinants of Psychoactive Substance Use among Undergraduate Students in a Private University in Kenya. In a Scientific International Conference organized by National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) held in Mombasa- Kenya
  • 31st September 2014: Presented a paper on testing the Nursing intervention model for the care of psychoactive substance dependent in-patients in Nairobi Kenya. In a Scientific International Conference organized by National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) held in Eldoret- Kenya
  • 25th April 2013: Presented a paper on substance abuse and depression in a Scientific International mental health Conference held in Nairobi Kenya
  • 21st November, 2012: Presented a paper on a nursing intervention model for the care of psychoactive substance dependent in-patients in Nairobi Kenya. In a Scientific International Conference held in South Africa, Cape Town by University of Western Cape.
  • 17th – 18th February, 2012: Presented a paper on psychoactive substance use among women of reproductive age in the 2nd international health care scientific conference held at Masinde Murilo University of Science and Technology
  • 23rd April 2009: Presented a paper on psychoactive substance use and HIV/AIDS in a scientific Conference organized by Mental Health Chapter of National Nurses Association of Kenya.

Article Publications

  • Effects of post basic psychiatric training on knowledge, attititude and skills of nurses in the management of substance dependent patients at Mathari hospital, Nairobi by Catherine S. Mutunga and Ann Karani in the Kenya Nursing Journal 36 (2) ecember 2007 issue.
  • Descriptive characteristics of Substance Dependent Patients in Nairobi Kenya by Mutunga-Mwenda C,S; Karani A, James Mwaura, Ganga-Limando. Published in the Kenya Nursing Journal 42(1) 2012.
  • Implementation of World Health Organization Hand Hygiene Guidelines among Nurses Working a Referral Hospital in Kenya by Adero Delvin. A., Mutunga-Mwenda C, S., Evelyn Ogugu., Otenyo, Sallie. & Maranga Alice. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016; 1:2, pp65-73
  • Hospital Governance for the Counties in Kenya, ‘Emphasis on Government-Run Institutions' by Maranga, A. K., Mukthar, V. K., Mutunga-Mwenda C, S., Chemoiwa, R. K. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 1:11 2016
  • The Nurses’ Knowledge on Psychiatric Patient Admission Procedures at the National Teaching and Referral mental health Hospital in Kenya by Mutunga-Mwenda C, S., Kangethe, A., Maranga, A. K. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 1:11 2016
  • Determining Factors Influencing Implementation of Hand Hygiene Guided By WHO Guidelines at Thika Level Five Hospital by Adero D.A., Mutunga-Mwenda C, S. Evelyn O. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 1:10 2016
  • Determining Cancer-Related Pain Management Practices by Nurses at the Nakuru County Referral Hospital by Maranga, A. K, Mutunga-Mwenda, C,S. Karonjo, J, K. Otenyo, S. Adero, D.A. Published in the EPH - International Journal of Medical and Health Science 1:10 2016
  • Self-Care Practices among Diabetes Mellitus Type II Patients Attending The Diabetes Clinic of A Referral Hospital In Kenya by Wilson A. Lugaya, Mutunga- Mwenda, C,S. & Fatuma Affey. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016 1:2, pp84-96
  • Perception and Utilization of Hospice Care among Residents of a Rural Settlement in Kenya by Mutunga-Mwenda, C,S., Orango Moraa. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016; 1:2, pp51-57.
  • Gaps in Clinical Instruction: Student Nurses’ Perceptions by Kaloki Luciana N, Mutunga-Mwenda C,S, Omondi Eunice. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016; 1:1, pp20-28.
  • Utilization Of Integrated Blood Transfusion Guidelines By Nurses In A County Referral Hospital In Kenya by Kimani S. W, Mutunga-Mwenda C, S, Fatuma A. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2016 1:2, 97-110
  • Utilization of the Partograph among Nurse-Midwives at a County Referral Hospital in Kenya by Maina, R M., Mutunga-Mwenda,C. Published in the Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing ISSN 2422-8419. Volume 44, 2017
  • Assessment of Knowledge on Self-Care Practices by Diabetes Mellitus Type II Attending Diabetes clinic at Kakamega County Referral Hospital by Mutunga-Mwenda C.S, Wilson A.L. Fatuma A. Maranga A,K. Published in the Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing ISSN 2422-8419 Vol.45, 2017 [https://iiste.org/Journals/index.php/JHMN/article/view/40048]
  • Perceived influence of Nurse-Patient Ratio on the Implementation of Nursing Process among Nurses at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet County by Karen J. Yego, Mutunga-Mwenda Catherine, and Mageto Irene. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 2:3 2017.
  • Perceived Influence of Advancement of Technology on the Implementation of Nursing Process among Nurses at Tenwek Hospital, Bomet County by Karen J. Yego, Mutunga-Mwenda Catherine, and Mageto Irene. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 2:3 2017.
  • Evaluation of the Nursing Care Administered to Psychoactive Substance Dependent Patients Mathari Hospital in Nairobi- Kenya by Mutunga-Mwenda Catherine S. Fatuma Affey. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 2:4 2017.
  • Ethical Distress as Perceived by Nurses in Kenya by Alice. K. Maranga, and Vincent K. Mukthar; Sylvia K. Abunga, Mutunga-Mwenda Catherine S. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2017; 2:1, pp45-53
  • Factors Influencing Quality of Clinical Teaching in Pre-Service Nursing Education at St. Joseph Mission Hospital Peramiho, Tanzania by Evodia Elenziar Ngonyani, James Mwaura, Mutunga-Mwenda C S. Published in the Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing ISSN 2422-8419. Volume 41, 2017. https://iiste.org/Journals/index.php/JHMN/article/view/38395
  • Management of Hypertension in Mentally Ill Patients: A Review of Literature by Sally Otenyo, Alice Kemunto Maranga-Ondieki, Mwenda Catherine Syombua. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, August 2017, http://www.kjnm.co.ke/index.php/kjnm/article/view/Otenyo%20et%20al
  • Attitude and Practice on Psychiatric Patient Admission Procedures by Nurses at a National Teaching and Referral Mental Health Hospital in Kenya by Catherine Syombua Mwenda, Alice Kangethe, James Murithi Ngutiku, Alice K Maranga. Published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, April 2017 http://www.kjnm.co.ke/index.php/kjnm/article/view/7
  • Student Nurses’ Perceived Gaps In Clinical Instruction at Machakos Level-5 Hospital and Chogoria Mission Hospital, Eastern Region Of Kenya: A Cross Sectional Study by Kaloki L.N, Mutunga-Mwenda C S, Omondi E. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 2:3 March, 2017
  • Descriptive characteristics of Psychoactive Substance Dependent Patients in Nairobi Kenya by Mutunga-Mwenda C.S. Published in EPH International Journal of Medical and Health Science 2:4 April 2017.
  • Caregiver’s Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Care of Schizophrenia at Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenya by Edna Anab, Agatha Christine Onyango, Catherine Mwenda. Published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience 2018; 6(1): 15-27. http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/paperinfo?journalid=653&doi=10.11648/j.ajpn.20180601.13
  • Detection of Obstetrics Early Warning Signs among Midwives at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi, Kenya by Makena Raiji, Karonjo Jane, Mwenda Catherine, Obura Timona. Published in the International Journal of Scientific and Research, 8:4, April 2018 issue 181 ISSN 2250-3153 http://dx.doi.org/10.29322/IJSRP.8.4.2018.p7626
  • Knowledge on Nursing Process among Nurses in Selected County Referral Hospitals in Kenya by Bernard W. Mbithi, Dr. Catherine Mwenda, Dr. Jane Karonjo. Published in International Journal of Scientific and Research (IJSR), Volume 8, Issue 11, November 2018 ISSN 2250-3153 http://dx.doi.org/10.29322/IJSRP.8.11.2018.p8305
  • Institutional Factors Affecting Utilization of Nursing Process among Nurses in Selected Public Health Care Facilities in Kenya by Bernard W. Mbithi, Dr. Catherine S. Mwenda and Dr. Jane Karonjo published in International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering (IJASRE), 4:10, October – 2018
  • Observed Utilization of the Nursing Process among Nurses in Selected Public Health Care Facilities in Kenya by Bernard W. Mbithi, Catherine S. Mwenda, Jane Karonjo. Publisched in the International Journal of Nursing Science 2018, 8(5): 77-82 DOI: 10.5923/j.nursing.20180805.01
  • Institution Factors Affecting Adherence to National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Guidelines among Nurses in Embu Kenya by Stanly Njau. Catherine Mwenda Mutunga, George Kimani Njoroge. Published in International Journal of Innovative Research in Information Security (IJIRIS) ISSN: 2349-7017 Issue 08, Volume 5 (October 2018)
  • Knowledge of Nurses on National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Guidelines In Embu Kenya by Stanly Njau, Catherine Mwenda Mutunga, George Kimani Njoroge published in International Journal of Innovative Research in Information Security (IJIRIS) ISSN: 2349-7017 Issue 09, Volume 5 (November 2018)
  • Prevalence, Effect and Management of Cancer Pain at Garissa, Kenya by Fatuma. A. Affey, Catherine Mwenda, Wesley Too, Mohamed Elmi published in the Journal of Nursing and Health Science (IOSR-JNHS)e-ISSN: 2320–1959.p- ISSN: 2320–1940 Volume 7, Issue 6 Ver. X. (Nov.-Dec.2018), PP 43-49. www.iosrjournals.org
  • Clinical Nurses’ Perspective of Cancer Pain Management of Adult Patients at Garissa County, Kenya by Fatuma Affey, Catherine Mwenda, Wesley Too and Mohamed Elmi published in International Journal of Health, Medicine and Nursing ISSN 2520-4025 (Online) Vol.3, Issue 3 No.5, pp 61- 68, 2018 https://www.iprjb.org/journals/index.php/JHMN/article/view/785
  • Influence of ICT Knowledge on Documentation at Embu Level 5 Hospital in Kenya by Jane Nyambura Nyaga, Catherine Mutunga Mwenda, Everlyn Ogugu published in the Researchjournali’s Journal of Public Health Vol. 4 | No. 11 November | 2018 www.researchjournali.com
  • Practices by Nurses to Prevent Pressure Ulcers among Patients at a Level Five Hospital in Kenya by Stanley Kiarie Njau, Catherine Syombua Mwenda, George Kimani Njoroge published in Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2018; (3)2; pp64-72 ISSN: 2518-8631 http://www.kjnm.co.ke/index.php/kjnm/article/view/137
  • Nurses’ Knowledge and Practice of Cancer Pain Management in Adult Patients at Garissa County Referral Hospital, Kenya by Fatuma. A. Affey, Catherine Mwenda. Published in the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN: 2319-7064. Volume 8 Issue 7, July 2019
  • Cancer Patient Factors Influencing their Perception on Nursing Care: A Study at a National Referral Hospital In Kenya by Tabitha Karimi Ntarangwi, Catherine Mwenda, Beatrice Nkoroi. Published in the International Journal of Innovative Research and Advanced Studies (IJIRAS) Volume 6 Issue 8, August 2019
  • Cancer Pain Management at Garissa County Referral Hospital, Kenya by Fatuma. A. Affey and Catherine Mwenda. Published in the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 9, Issue 8, August 2019 143 ISSN 2250-3153
  • Knowledge on Cervical Cancer Screening among Female Nurses Working at Thika Level Five Hospital, Kenya by Joseph M. Ngutiku, Catherine S. Mutunga Mwenda, Jane K. Karonjo & Alice K. Maranga. Published in the Kenyan Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 2019; 4:1, pp12-19 Numid Publishers ISSN: 2518-8631
  • Satisfaction with Nursing Care among Cancer Patients Admitted In Oncology Wards at a National Referral Hospital in Kenya by Tabitha Karimi Ntarangwi, Catherine Mwenda, Beatrice Nkoroi. Published in the Saudi Journal of Nursing and Health Care, 2019; 2:11, pp ISSN 2616-7921. https://scholarsmepub.com/sjnhc-211/
  • Influence of Attitude on Utilization of Personal Protective Equipment among Nurses at Thika Level 5 Hospital by Usman Yusuf and Mwenda S. Catherine Published in the World Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research WJPMR 2020,6(3), pp 34-40 ISSN 2455-3301 Impact Factor: 5.922

Contacts
0723 846 810 OR 0763 846 810
cmwenda@seku.ac.ke OR mutungacs@gmail.com