Batch of local nurses selected to work in Trinidad and Tobago

9
Batch of local nurses selected to work in Trinidad and Tobago
St. Lucian nurses being recruited for employment in Trinidad and Tobago participate in a two-day orientation exercise in August 2014. * Ministry of Health
St. Lucian nurses being recruited for employment in Trinidad and Tobago participate in a two-day orientation exercise in August 2014. * Ministry of Health

Nineteen local nurses have been selected to work in Trinidad and Tobago and could leave before the end of this year.

Acting Senior Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health Beverly Felix told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview today that the ministry is currently preparing documentation to send off the successful applicants.

The ministry, she said, was given three months to complete the entire process. A majority of local nurses are Cuban-trained.

Felix told SNO that the recruitment process was encouraging, but the only factor that created a barrier for some nurses was the criteria for eligibility.

She explained that it was a requirement to pass the regional examinations and registered with the Nursing Council of St. Lucia.

“Many of them were not successful in their exams and were not eligible for the opportunity in Trinidad,” she stated.

Asked whether this would encourage persons to work harder, she said it would, but according to her, the examination is a very rigid and challenging one.

“It doesn’t really speak to whether people can work hard or not, but it is challenging,” the official told SNO.

Felix said most student nurses sit the exam twice, explaining that the standard is very high. “That is one of the things that was pleasing to the Trinidadian team because they hold their nurses at a similar standard.”

It is hoped that the local batch of nurses will gain more experience, while earning a monthly income.

While the Trinidadian team has hinted that they may return in search for more nurses in the future, Felix said discussion in that regard have not commenced.

“For now they are looking at the current set and making sure that everything is in place for them to start working in Trinidad,” she added.

The nurses will be placed to work in teaching hospitals during their stint in the twin-island republic. There are currently three such hospitals there.

The initiative will see local St. Lucian-registered nurses being employed to work in Trinidad and Tobago for a minimum period of two years.

While there have been criticisms about this move, Health Minister Alvina Reynolds has stated that the initiative is to create opportunities for local nurses who are unemployed, but have the requisite qualifications.

Reynolds said the island is faced with a surplus of nurses, especially with a number of nurses having returned from Cuba recently. While on the other hand, each year, more student nurses continue to graduate from local universities.

The St. Lucia Nurses Association (SLNA) has argued that while the organisation is not against having nurses employed, government should seek to employ these nurses, claiming that there is a shortage right here.

(0)(0)

No posts to display

9 COMMENTS

  1. @WISDOM. If you say you are "a member of the government" you really need to be careful with your spelling. Now I can support you on the comments you made because I have close family and friends working at the hospitals. These nurses and other staff are over worked and therefore some of them usually fall sick. Remember night time was made to sleep and they are up working 2 to 3 nights straight.

    (0)(0)

  2. to those who no nothing and speak on hear say, the nursing staff at VH is under stuff. having 3 nurse per shift with sometimes 8-10 patients per nurse. Tell me how can one nurse manage so many patients efficiently especially when some a critical cases and need round the clock care. You may say that here are health aids and porters, which believe it or not are not sufficient as they too are understaffed, not training and not trained to the level of education that the nurse need to meet the demand of poor nurse staffing. And of cause these nurse get burnt out and sick as they too are humans and can only do so much under the conditions. The ministry is out of tune with the association because all they see is dollars and scents. there is a surplus of unemployed nurses. As a member of the government I can tell you the government is and continuing to put dollars before our healthcare. Inside they pay big salaries to admini staff and not the invest it to health of the country. A sick country is a dying country

    (0)(0)

  3. oppression is felt in every corner of this profession got the Cuba trained.Trained for 5 yrs under a rigid system, being formed not only professionally but mentally and given the opportunity to come back to your homeland to make a difference and feeling welcomed. Nut the opportunity comes for another sister country to provide that end for much needed professionals and all i see is a bunch of bureaucratic red tape. We need to stop enslaving our minds and the minds of others, be an advocate, when did empathy die?

    (0)(0)

  4. nurses eating de government money by staying away from work and paying other nurses to come to work overtime in their place -- aa look it

    (0)(0)

  5. There is aworld of oppoirtunity for everyone. I did not hear thr SLNA when the US came to recriut larger number of nurse. Plz stop the hippocracy.

    (0)(0)

  6. I just had to comment on this, i would first like to clarify what Beverly Felix said about many of cuban trained nurses not successful in the regional exams, just last Octeber there was a 90% pass by the cuban trained, 60% by AIMU and 30% by Sir Arthur. And the only reason most persons might not have accepted the Trinidadians offer might be because to them, it was not as good as they made it sound.

    (0)(0)

  7. Who is giving the correct information? The Nurses Association states there's a shortage of nurses in Saint Lucia. However, Minister of Health states there's a surplus of nurses.

    (0)(0)

  8. Who doesn't know what they talking about, minister saying SURPLUS association saying SHORTAGE get you'll act together and be on the same page. Choooooops.

    (0)(0)

  9. While I applaud the initiative, our nurse to patient ratio still needs improvement especially at St Judes where some night shifts are severely understaffed. Hopefully, when the economy picks up we will be in a position to absorb these nurses into the system and they would have been better off for the experience.

    (0)(0)

Comments are closed.