The Ministry of Health is pledging to provide support to local nursing and one of its objectives is to come up with ways to attract more persons to the profession.
Health Minister Carvin Malone shared these sentiments in an address to mark the start of International Nurse Week which runs from May 6 to 12.
“The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to supporting nurses, and providing the resources they need to deliver professional, compassionate, high-quality health services to meet the needs of residents on each island,” Malone said.
“This includes creating opportunities for nursing education and continuous professional development, expanding efforts to attract young people to the profession, and enhancing the appeal of the Virgin Islands as we compete with other jurisdictions for highly skilled healthcare professionals.”
The minister also applauded the dedication and efforts of all nurses while stressing the important role they play in the structure of the healthcare system.
“Being the first point of contact for many people in community settings, hospitals and specialized healthcare facilities their voices are also pivotal in promoting effective, sustainable and culturally appropriate care,” Malone said.
He added: “Nurses also play a leading role in healthcare administration and the formulation and implementation of effective health policy. Their ongoing efforts are truly invaluable.”
The theme of this year’s Nurses Week is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All’ and the legislator is encouraging “all health facilities, both private and public, to celebrate nurses for their integral role and unwavering commitment”.
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