[www.inewsguyana.com] – Fifteen nursing assistants have joined the local healthcare system as the first batch graduated from the nurses evening class programme.
The classes which were being held at the old Guyana Water Authority (GUYWA) building in Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown saw its first batch of students amounting to 19. However four of these dropped out.
According to Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran, the move to establish the evening classes was influenced by the need for more professionals, as well as space for classroom during the course of the day. Another contributing factor was need for tutors who also weren’t available in the day due to their employment commitments.
The Minister congratulated the management team for coping with the situation despite challenges such as the shortage of furniture for the tutors.
In turning his attention to the batch, the Minister congratulated them and stressed their importance in the health care system, noting that nurses and nursing assistants are the ones who interact most with the patients.
Minister Ramsaran highlighted the fact that nursing is a great field and is “going places”. He said that the administration in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance has organised for a consultant to visit Guyana over the next six months.
This undertaking will see this individual visiting and analysing the nursing schools, and meeting with both nurses and tutors.
Minister Ramsaran pointed out that that the ministry will be emphasising nursing ethics, and urged the class to conduct themselves in a respectable manner. [Extracted and modified from GINA]