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.

Source: BGIS

13 Responses to Continuing professional education for nurses

  1. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    “….a triage room to insure the possible wait time for patients,” What does that mean?

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley August 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Patients are checked to see who is the most urgent so they can prioritise the treatment needed

    • Thomas Katt
      Thomas Katt August 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Whatever room there is, there will always be wait time. Right now there is wait time. So why say so in the first place? Like that is something new…

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley August 10, 2015 at 3:02 am

      Naturally there will always be wait time in any hospital – often around 6 hours, but by having triage the most serious can be seen first – hopefully !

    • Thomas Katt
      Thomas Katt August 10, 2015 at 8:58 am

      That’s what usually happens. Even at the polyclinics. So again, nothing new

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    It’s hard to believe this is only now coming in to force, in the UK even a dental nurse has to have continuing education and be registered each year

    • Cynthia Blackman
      Cynthia Blackman August 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Just saying .. EVEN a dental nurse …don’t quite understand what that meant …. It is understood that All should be doing refresher courses thereby upgrading their Certification .. as required by law .Should I say EVEN a HAIRDRESSER has to attend Workshops and Seminars to keep abreast with changes /products and Licence (in some instances yearly ) has to be paid to be able to practice .

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley August 10, 2015 at 3:01 am

      I meant that a nurse caring for lives is the one who certainly should have continuing education above all others. dental nurses in the UK have to pay around $370bds to work legally each year and be registered. Though some bosses do pay or contribute to the cost, but certainly not all !!

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Sharon my friend people running Barbados just straight up backwards these people operate like its still 1915 not 2015 and while they at it police fire departsments should be getting same kinda continuing training.

  3. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair August 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

    What a scary thought to think nurses have not been attending continuing education. They should also be required to brush up on interpersonal communication skills and learn how to show respect and treat people with compassion.

    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar August 10, 2015 at 9:46 am

      To set the record straight nurses always do continuing education the ministry is now recognising it

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 10, 2015 at 6:53 am

    While ya at it minister get ethics professional training for politicians they really can use it.

  5. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 10, 2015 at 7:08 am

    First things first. .a better environment to facilitate those skills required. When people are trained by others who are lacking the same protocol, what do you expect?


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