Author: Dwaght Sampson | Date: 03 January 2018
An end to the challenge of recruiting nurses to staff the Montserrat’s lone hospital is on the horizon, with the reintroduction of the Nursing Training Program, facilitated through the Montserrat Community College.
The announcement was made by Health Minister, Hon. Delmaude Ryan, during the 2017/18 festival day celebration at Festival Village in Little Bay
According to the Hon Minister, the first batch of nine trainees will commence eighteen months in the Nursing Assistant Program which will commence early in the new year.
Upon completion of that 18 months training, once successful, the newly qualified Nurse Assistants will join five other current nursing assistants who will go on to complete their Bachelor's Degree, and become Registered Nurses on Montserrat.
During their time in the classroom, the nurses will be tutored by local nurses as well as given practical exposure at the Glendon Hospital. They will also complete all exams right here on the island.
Minister Ryan also highlighted that in next three to five years approximately 35% of the current nursing stock will be retiring from the service. This, coupled with a number of current vacancies will not pose any major challenges, as the newly trained nurses will serve as replacements.
Currently, nurses are being recruited from Africa, Guyana, and other CARICOM countries.