St Lucia to conduct review of nursing situation, celebrates month of nurses

This year, in keeping with the theme, the Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs will conduct a review of the nursing situation in St. Lucia and develop a strategic plan to address the growing challenges in education, practice, service delivery, employment, leadership and workforce planning.

St Lucia to conduct review of nursing situation, celebrates month of nurses
St Lucia to conduct review of nursing situation, celebrates month of nurses

St Lucia: The month of May is a very special Month for Nurses, and the government of St Lucia celebrated International Midwifery day on May 5th and International Nurses day on May 12th, which is a global celebration of commitment, and dedication, devotion and bravery of nurses around the world.

This year, in keeping with the theme, the Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs will conduct a review of the nursing situation in St. Lucia and develop a strategic plan to address the growing challenges in education, practice, service delivery, employment, leadership and workforce planning.

Ministry stated that these celebrations highlight and bring to focus the valuable contribution of nurses and midwives in the health care journey of our population.

It is important to note that there can be no high-quality health care systems without highly skilled, committed and motivated nurses.

There is a need to invest in nursing education and continuing professional development; there continues to be major under-investing in these areas.

 Health Ministry, therefore, call on: 

Nurses and Professional bodies to:

– Prioritize investment in education as a means to improve health system outcomes and effectiveness in discussion with Governments and Organizations.

– Advocate to employers the need to support study leave for nurses.

– Advance a common standard of education for entry to practice.

– Lead and participate in robust research and quality improvement designs progressing the link between nursing education and clinical practice.

Health Care Providers

– Invest in the continuing education for nurses

– Plan career pathways with nurses that acknowledge higher educational attainment.

– Foster supportive environments that enable nurses to pursue education opportunities.

– Expand formal academic partnership

Governments

– Plan and invest in growing the domestic production of nurses to meet the health system demand.

– Establish standards for continuing professional development and monitoring it.

– Advance the process for the accreditation of education programmes and providers to ensure standards are met.

– Increase emphasis on educational facility development and career development.

– Ensure that faculty staffhave the required skills, competencies and experience.

International Organizations

– Report to the World Assembly and to the public progress on the strategic directions for Nursing and Midwifery ( SDNM) 2021-2025.

– Facilitate engagement between regulators to establish baseline global standards of practice.

Nurses, to include midwives, represent the highest proportion of health care workers globally and St. Lucia is no exception.

Midwives provide care and support during pregnancy, labour and delivery and play a vital role in ensuring the well-being of mothers and babies.

As nurses and midwives together celebrate International Nurses Day 2022, there is an urgent call for investment in Nursing in line with the theme: “Nurses: A voice to Lead-Invest in nursing and respect rights to global health.”

It is the opportune time to translate all acknowledgments of nurses’ dedication, sacrifice and selflessness into governmental support as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) calls for increased investments into Nursing Education, Nursing Jobs, Nursing Practice and Nursing Leadership amid the growing global crisis of shortage of Nurses.

Chief Nursing Officer Kerthney Charlemagne-Surage stated:  

As we continue on with our celebrations throughout the month of May, I take this opportunity to thank every nurse in St. Lucia for your unwavering commitment, professionalism, compassion and dedication to the nursing profession and to the health and well-being of our people.

I encourage you to stay steadfast and vigilant as we approach the 6th wave of COVID-19 and I invite all Saint Lucians to help celebrate and recognize our nurses as true unsung heroes.

Let us all continue to pray for Gods continued protection upon us and our families.

Have a great celebration for you are all worthy of the recognition and praise you receive.