Ten Trained Clinical Nurses became the first group to complete the Core Competency Strengthening Certificate Program for Trained Clinical Nurses 2017, when the Nursing Administration of the Grand Bahama Health Services held a graduation ceremony on Thursday (February 8) in the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH) foyer.
The ceremony was held under the theme, ‘Building New Bridges.’ Cherlyn Bain, Principal Nursing Officer for the Grand Bahama Health Services explained that the nurses completed a four-month long program.
She added that the nurses participated in the program, “to better themselves.
“Certainly, it is a good feeling in terms of educating themselves, bettering their personal perspective and eventually, it will translate to what we do here in nursing around the bedside in terms of patient satisfaction,” she said.
She added that the program’s participants were exposed to many “elements of newness” as it relates to health care delivery.
“We know that nursing is a science, it is an art and the nurse should not stay obsolete just like any other profession or any other person in the global sense. We have to be on the cutting edge as it relates to what is required from us to our clients that we serve,” she said.
Bain explained that moving forward that they will look at the skills that the nurses bring around the bedside to assist registered nurses to receive a first-hand look at what is done, in terms of patient outcomes and making sure that they get the best quality care.
She noted that the program will welcome a new cohort on February 19, 2018.
Guest speaker for the ceremony, Maggie Turner, Assistant Professor at the University of The Bahamas spoke to this daily prior to bringing remarks.
“I am going to be talking about building bridges and how building bridges is important. I am talking about being here and then moving to there, but then there becomes here,” she said.
Turner added that she was also focusing on the characteristics that nurses should possess within their respective field.
She explained that in her address she utilized the letter ‘T’ which, she noted, was the only difference between here and there. The significance of that technique was to use words beginning with that letter to describe how nurses should behave.
“We are talking about the fact that they are trustworthy, that they are trendy as far as keeping up with the various changes and trends in nursing. With the play on words I hope they will find it very interesting,” she said.
Turner furthered that although she did not know the specific contents of the program, she knew that the intent of the program is to ensure that nurses are always on the cutting edge of the nursing profession.
“As the world changes and as our population becomes more diverse we need our nurses at all levels to be prepared for the skills that they would need to administer the care that patients need,” she said.
Turner finally encouraged nurses to embrace every learning opportunity and striving to improve their professional performance.