THE launch of the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Degree marked a significant milestone for nursing in the country.
Officially launching the new program was the Director Nursing Services in Fiji Silina Waqa Ledua at the Fiji School of Nursing in Tamavua yesterday.
Mrs Ledua said the launch was a major breakthrough in nursing education as they embark in the upgrading of the undergraduate nursing qualification to the Bachelors level.
"The genesis of this new program would see nursing soaring to greater and newer heights in the world of academic excellence which is the cornerstone for constant development in the overall nursing profession," Mrs Ledua said.
"Developing locally designed internationally equivalent Bachelors in Nursing Degree program is a gigantic step forward.
"I am positive and confident that this new curriculum is objectively and holistically set out to achieve just that.
"I am adamant that this new curriculum would focus greatly in improving the delivery of quality nursing services and health care to the people of Fiji which was the core of the Ministry of Health's vision and mission.
"I am confident that this new curriculum would address this ongoing outcry where nurses graduating with an undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Degree would possess excellence in academic qualification and also the best attributes and attitudes that the people of Fiji can enjoy and entrust their ill lives to."