Barbados to re-introduce scheme of stipend payment for Nursing students

After nearly eight years of the end of the termination of the scheme, which facilitates the Students Nurses with the payment of a stipend has been going to re-introduce in Barbados by the Government.

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Barbados to re-introduce scheme of stipend payment for Nursing students

Barbados: After nearly eight years of the end of the termination of the scheme, which facilitates the Students Nurses with the payment of a stipend has been going to re-introduce in Barbados by the Government. The statement was issued by the minister of Health and Wellness of Barbados, Ian Gooding Edghill, on Saturday, February 19, 2022

While informing about the move, Health Minister Idghill remarked, “The Government has decided to introduce the scheme of giving the stipend to the students studying nursing again as this move will aid 273 students. The move will cost approximately $2 million per year”. 

He further exclaimed that the policy would boost the nursing profession in the country, which helps to reduce the current nursing shortages. The re-introduction of the scheme will encourage to study more by not taking the pressure of doing a proper job in between the studies. The step would also help to enhance the skills of the students by giving them clinical training for the service provided to healthcare facilities, outlined Health Minister Edghill. 

The Minister of Health and Wellness further described the criteria by which students could qualify for the financial stipend: 

  • The duration of the stipend will be four-year according to the programme. 
  • The students studying in the First year will be given a $458.89 per month stipend, a second-year $578.53, while the third-year $698.16 and the fourth-year $798.16. 
  • After the completion of the four-year nursing degree, the students would be promoted to a two-year Government performance bond. 
  • It is compulsory for the students to complete their degree with passing grades for all courses, as per the criteria enrolled by the Barbados Community College
  • Attendance in the classroom, clinical area, and in the other requirements set by the ministry is compulsory for the students. 

While emphasising the status of the nurses’ profession in Barbados, Health Minister Edghill cited, “The profession of the nursing in the country has faced huge shortages across all the government institutions. As of now, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has appointed 95 nurses from Ghana, while 111 Cuban nurses have been appointed in the Government to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they are recruiting more nurses”. 

He further asserted that there are 69 first-year, 59 second-year, 87 third-year and 89 fourth-year students – a total of 304 in the government institutes, and further cleared that around 31 nurses are employed and not eligible for a stipend. 

Meanwhile, the health Minister also appealed to the students to choose nursing as their carrier by specifying that the Barbados Community College offers a four-year nursing degree programme and re-introduction of the incentive of a stipend would facilitate the parents and families while educating their children and also leads to the enhancement of the new services in the health care. 

The students in the nursing colleges would be provided clinical training under the experts, and the students would be given the training of polyclinics, medical-surgical, obstetrics, paediatric wards at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, noted health minister Edghill. 

The investment in healthcare is essential to expand it as with the step the health care employment opportunities will also boost, added Edghill.