Training a top priority for Fijian nursing services

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The Department of Health and Medical Services will expand training opportunities for the professional development of the Fijian Nursing Services (FNS). Fiji Nursing Services Director Silina Waqa-Ledua reiterates

The Department of Health and Medical Services will expand training opportunities for the professional development of the Fijian Nursing Services (FNS).

Fiji Nursing Director Silina Waqa-Ledua reiterates the importance of education as a key strategy to strengthen the role of nurses.

“One of the main priorities of the Nursing Division is to offer more training programs to help support the professional development of our nurses.

“The impacts of training can be seen in the quality of their work and the supervision of the young nurses who join the service.

“There will be more emphasis on training in specialized nursing such as coronary care, intensive care, accidents and emergencies, pediatric nursing, midwifery and public health.

“We also need to ensure that the role of nurses in the fight against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is much more developed.

“The training programs will integrate the development of the general competencies of nurses, namely their communication skills, professionalism, leadership, teamwork, networking and service with compassion and empathy.

“We also have a monitoring and evaluation strategy in place that allows nursing managers to monitor nurses’ performance.

“The APA (Annual Performance Assessment) allows supervisors to discuss the outcome of the assessment with nurses. It is therefore an open book assessment.

“The other 251 nursing positions that will be filled by next year are certainly a step in the right direction.

“At the national nursing meeting last month, we decided that the way forward for nursing services in Fiji was to develop and have their own network of clinical services for nurses and a strategic plan. for nursing care for the next five years, ”Ms. Waqa- said Lédua.

Improving maternal health and promoting safe motherhood through the training of midwives is another key program to be undertaken by the nursing services in Fiji.

“The demand for midwifery services is accelerating year by year and we can only respond by increasing the number of midwives.

“There are nearly 400 midwives in Fiji and they provide services in major hospitals and subdivision hospitals, as well as emergency deliveries in health centers.

“The strategic plan of the Ministry of Health specifies that for the next five years, there must be three to four midwives per 1000 inhabitants, so if we want to follow the standard of the WHO (World Health Organization), Based on our population, we must have around 3,500 midwives in the country, ”Ms. Waqa-Ledua said.


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