Call for improved standards in nursing education

The original article can be found in: Antigua Observer By Brenton Henry

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The principal tutor at the Antigua State College School of Nursing, Margaret Smith, has called for a new nursing school to bring the facility in line with international standards.

Nurses are currently being trained at the former Barrymore Hotel and Smith has said that the plant is “very inadequate.”

“We would like to get that improved,” she said.

According to Smith, since its inception in 1956, the school has never had a permanent home.

“We would like to get our own building. We’ve never had a proper building,” the principal tutor told state media.

She made an appeal “to the relevant authorities that we really need a building right now.

“The location is inappropriate because of all the buildings that are around there. We also need proper skills,” she added.

Seventy-three students, mainly female, attend the school of nursing. At the end of their training, nurses receive a diploma but Smith said plans are in the pipeline to have a full-fledged degree programme for nurses.

She said internationally, the entry level of nurses is a bachelor’s degree “and we are hoping that we do get there soon because that’s where the world is going.”

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