Fourteen Community Health Nursing Students from Barbados are currently on island to observe and learn from Dominica’s Community Health Team.
Dominican nurses have been training in Barbados for a number of years and so the Ministry of Health was pleased to welcome students here for a fourth time.
Principal Nursing Officer, Caesarina Ferrol in her address at the official opening ceremony remarked that this collaboration demonstrates a spirit of regional unity.
“Over the years the primary healthcare department of the Ministry of Health has consistently facilitated this learning experience for individuals and groups from various countries including the registered nurses pursuing the diploma in community or public health nursing at the Barbados Community College. Even at this point of evaluating our success and challenges with a view to the renewal of the system we continue to share our experiences in community health care,” she said.
The group of nurses will visit several health districts where they will interact with the community health nurses and other members of the health teams. The PNO encouraged the visiting nursing students to make the best of this opportunity as “nurses engaged in public health at the primary care level are key players in the achievement of universal access to health and the sustainable development goals as articulated in this year’s international nurses’ day theme ‘Nurses, A Voice To Lead Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals.’
She asked the nurses to take note of the structures and mechanisms for decentralized decision-making and client services and the role and functioning of the primary healthcare nurse, a staff category which is unique to the primary health care system in Dominica as well as the reporting system and surveillance methods and practices.”
Community Health Nursing Course Coordinator from the Barbados Community College, Chloir Springer hopes the information learnt will benefit the students when they return home.
“We are proud to identify ourselves with your primary health care system as our purpose for this visit is to expose our students to the outstanding delivery of public health here in Dominica and to observe for best practices which we may adopt to improve our own Barbadian health care system.”