Second Phase of Nurse Mentorship Program Launched

vlcsnap-2014-04-07-18h05m29s73The second phase of the nurse mentorship program was launched on Friday April 4th, 2014.

This program will consist of the mentoring and/or coaching of 75 nurses from the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and Community Health Districts.

The Nursing Service is committed to its vision of “Professionalism and Excellence in Nursing,” and this programme recognizes the significant role that nurses play in health care.

Mrs. Caesarina Ferrol, Principal Nursing Officer

Mrs. Caesarina Ferrol, Principal Nursing Officer

Mrs. Caesarina Ferrol, Principal Nursing Officer says the main objectives include; developing supportive and encouraging relationships to guide nurses in growth, to communicate information and to strengthen management and clinical practice.

The training was designed in three phases.  The first phase involved conceptualization, organizing and approval of the program and culminated in the selection and training of 84 mentors and coaches in addition to other senior staff.

Mrs. Helen Royer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Health commended the initiative, as the Ministry of Health seeks to meet increasing demands from the population.

Nurses form the largest single group of professionals in the health sector in most countries and as such they widely influence and impact health outcomes.

Mrs. Helen Royer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Health

Mrs. Helen Royer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Health

Mrs. Royer added, the Ministry of Health is continuing to make citizen-centered care, the central focus of the services they provide, adding that mentors are critical in the health profession.

The program will be institutionalized and conducted on an ongoing basis for 6 months period.

Apart from trained mentors and coaches, facilitators include retired senior nurses, complemented by an in service education program coordinated by a senior nurse.

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