By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana School of Nursing is being accused of discrimination in the granting of registration to students who successfully completed the nursing programme in the last quarter of 2013 and more particularly accusations of victimization have been leveled against the acting Principal.
The concerned was raised on Thursday, April 24 by Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament, Valerie Garrido-Lowe who claimed that the Linden School of Nursing and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing would have been granted their registration that allows them to practice as RNs [Registered Nurses] while some of the students from the Georgetown school are finding it difficult to get their RN status despite having successfully completed the programme and paying for their registration.
The students are reportedly being shuttled between the School of Nursing, the Nursing Council and the Ministry of Health when they enquire about their registration.
Lowe said at present the students are working at the Georgetown Hospital and are being given a stipend as Nursing Students instead of an RN’s salary.
In this regard, the AFC urged for discriminatory practices to be set aside and the eligible students be granted their RN registration.
Meanwhile, iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) was reliably informed by one student who opted to remain anonymous that threats were made to particular students in this regard.
The student supported claims that they are working like staff and being treated and paid like students.
The student complained that the Acting Principal demonizes students with threats that become reality, adding that the acting Principal is being aided by other teachers in what appear to be victimization.
Several attempts to contact the school and the Minister of Health all proved futile.