Federation to benefit from new CFBC nursing laboratory

Speaking with the media shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, Phipps said, she believes that the government has made an effort to bring higher level of nursing education to the federation, which will have a spillover effect in the local health sector.

“I think it means, for me personally as a citizen of this country and also as a minister of health, that it is a signal that we have made a consulted effort in taking health care education to another level. We have placed ourselves at a very high bar that we have imposed,” Phipps noted.

She added that the student nurses, who will be trained at the institution, would do so in one of the best facilities in the entire Eastern Caribbean.

“While we have said that this simulation laboratory might be the top in the Eastern Caribbean, it also means that we have to be offering the top in terms of tutorials, laboratory techniques for the student nurses. It also means that we will be producing top tier graduates whom the country will benefit from the higher level of service from the health care sector,” the Junior Minister stated.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education Shawn Richards stated that the development of the laboratory is a significant milestone for the health science division of the learning institution

“With the introduction of the Bachelors of Science Nursing degree and accreditation of the college looming around the corner, it was inevitable that the clinical skills lab would have to be upgraded to a simulation skills lab,” said Richards.

He noted that the division could not continue to function with “business as usual” with their old facility, but, now they will have the hands-on training that is necessary to have the students be more involved.

“Health education and patient care are being transformed through innovations here at CFBC,” Richards posited. “No longer will our students be seated in classrooms listening to lecturers and the experiences of lecturers, they will be actively involved in their own learning using evidence based clinical dimension.” he added.

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