first_img Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsRegionalTertiary Barbadian nursing students on study tour in Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – July 3, 2017 Sharing is caring! 299 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Caesarina Ferrol, Principal Nursing OfficerCommunity Health Nursing students from the Barbados Community College are currently in Dominica engaging in a one week study tour. The fourteen (14) nurses will focus on observing and learning from Dominica’s Primary Health Care system. During a welcome ceremony at the Acute Psychiatric Unit conference room on Monday 3 July 2017 Caesarina Ferrol, Principal Nursing Officer, said the Nursing Division of the Ministry of Health is very pleased to be associated with such an activity.The study visit, the fourth one since it began in 2009, is an activity which is a “demonstration of regional unity where as we as a small region can harness our limited resources and benefit from best practices” Ferrol said. “Even at this point of evaluating our successes and challenges with a view to the renewal of this system, we continue to share our experiences in primary health care. Several of our own competent and hardworking community health nurses received their training at the Barbados Community College,” Nurse Ferrol said. She therefore promised that the Nursing Division will spare no effort to ensure that the objectives of this study tour are realized and that reports from previous groups have highlighted the mutual benefits of the staff interactions during this visit. “The primary health care system in Dominica in its uniqueness has been a model for several decades and the key role of the community health nurse in the administration and delivery of programs and services by the district teams cannot be overemphasized,” Ferrol stated. The group, which will be visiting various health districts, will interact with various community health nurses and other health teams members.“Notwithstanding the brief duration of this experience, you are encouraged to make the best of this opportunity. Nurses engaged in public health at the primary care level are key players in the achievement of the universal access to health and the sustainable development goals,” she said. Ferrol encouraged the students note the structures and mechanisms for decentralized decision making and client services, structures which provide for a team approach in the delivery of programs and services and which facilitate health care access at the doorstep of remote areas, the role and functioning of the primary health care nurse, a staff category which is unique to the primary health care system in Dominica, reporting systems and surveillance methods in practices are also noteworthy of attention among others.Nurse Ferrol reiterated the Nursing Division’s commitment to continuous support to their visiting colleagues who have chosen Dominica as a model for best practice. “I am confident that the local coordinator for this visit…will ensure the success of this visit as for previous groups,” she said. Community Health Nursing Coordinator of the Barbados Community College, Chloir SpringerMeanwhile, Community Health Nursing Coordinator of the Barbados Community College, Chloir Springer expressed gratitude to the Nursing Division for their willingness to accommodate another study tour. “We are really hoping that this is relationship can continue for as long as we can. As we know primary health care is essential and forms an integral part of a country’s health system, therefore as community health nurses we must recognize the critical role we must play in providing scientifically sound, evidence based, holistic care to the individuals, families and communities,” she said. Therefore the Community Nursing Programme is proud to identify with Dominica’s primary health care system as their focus for this visit. Nurse Springer said the purpose of the visit is “to expose our students to the outstanding delivery of public health care in Dominica and to observe for best practices which we may adopt to improve our own Barbadian health care system”. The Barbados Community College, which has trained many Dominican nurses, pledges to continue to do so, Springer said. “We also encourage that you continue to choose Barbados as your place to send your students for training as we promote the creation of learning networks linked at the importance of human resource for health for achievement of goals for the universal health coverage, grounded in the development of health systems based on primary health care and the improvement of the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities,” she said.– / 8last_img

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