Fiji Time: 8:27 AM on Sunday 21 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Waqa-Ledua: Nurses play a pivotal role

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

INCREASING the number of nurses in the country was among other top priorities that the government has responded positively to in the last five years.

This was revealed by director of nursing Silina Waqa-Ledua at the aamp lighting ceremony to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale at the Labasa Sangam College of Nursing yesterday.

Mrs Waqa-Ledua said nurses made up the largest numbers in terms of human resource in the health sector in Fiji and other parts of the world.

"Nurses play a pivotal role in the overall response to the ever- changing health needs of any given population," she said.

"Increasing our nursing numbers has been the top priority in the last five years which government has responded well to.

"The Ministry of Health's initiative to rationalise and supply the right level of drugs, consumables and other medical supplies to support the delivery of nursing services is also high on agenda. Changes in nursing education to meet the demands of improving nursing practices and support capacity-building have also continued to gain momentum."

Mrs Waqa-Ledua said the paradigm shift towards nursing specialisation had also placed a great pressure on nursing faculties in the quest to develop corresponding specialist nursing qualifications.

"The country's two nursing education providers, The Fiji National University and the Labasa Sangam College of Nursing, have continued to pursue curriculum review and upgrade in both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

"The bid to improve nursing academic standards and practice competencies has also seen significant changes.

"We continue to emphasise and solicit greater investment in nursing by securing all opportunities and efforts to provide a conducive, well-resourced work environment that allow nurses to deliver their service with its right-sized well educated workforce."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Millionth man
  2. Wardens win Mokani 7s meet
  3. Rodgers makes sharp exit
  4. $10m for State coffers
  5. Joy of sharing and caring this festive season
  6. Help for beggars
  7. In the top 3
  8. Spirit of joy
  9. Charity gives funds
  10. Good Samaritans bring smiles to gloomy faces

Top Stories this Week

  1. TV pair sent home Wednesday (17 Dec)
  2. My boy, my hero Monday (15 Dec)
  3. Justice and sleep at last Thursday (18 Dec)
  4. She's gone but the pain stays Tuesday (16 Dec)
  5. TERROR ALERT Gunmen strike Sydney cafe Tuesday (16 Dec)
  6. Clan leader calls for harsher penalties Wednesday (17 Dec)
  7. Five-try Fiji forge Plate final berth Monday (15 Dec)
  8. Court told of baby's tragic end Thursday (18 Dec)
  9. 441 new positions Wednesday (17 Dec)
  10. A-G: Claim ludicrous Friday (19 Dec)