Continuing professional education for nurses
Nurses in Barbados will soon be required to undergo continuing professional education for re-registration.
Health Minister John Boyce said the Nursing Council is currently finalising logistics for the new requirement, which is expected to take effect by January next year.
“Support for renewal of registration for nurses and midwives in Barbados on presentation of evidence of continuing professional education activities is predicated on the fact that lifelong learning is an essential component of continued professional competence,” Boyce said.
According to him, the legal requirement, which is stipulated in the Nurses’ Act 2008, will ensure that nursing personnel remained accountable and engaged in continuous quality improvement.
“This will only serve to enhance the quality of nursing care delivered to the public,” he added.
Boyce made the comments while addressing a ceremony to honour nurses who successfully completed the 100 Improvements in Nursing Organisational Challenge.
Under the programme, public health institutions within the Ministry of health submitted 139 improvements, including the introduction of a triage room to ensure the shortest possible wait time for patients, the development of pre and post-fall assessment tools and improved signage.
Other submissions included the introduction of a recycling programme; the implementation of a kitchen garden programme and sponsored staff appreciation days.
“Such interventions aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing costs in health care must also be considered as key contributors in the achievement of universal access and health coverage,” Minister Boyce said.