Nurses urged to multi-task

Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete poses with participants of the 5th Minister of Health Nursing symposium at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Picture: Supplied

NURSES need to multi-task to ensure that they are relevant to what the rest of the world is doing, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

While speaking at the fifth Minister for Health Nursing symposium at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday, Dr Waqainabete said while nurses made up a very significant portion of people in the health workforce, there were still some areas that needed improvement.

“In this day and age we have to be innovative, we have to be able to multi-task to ensure that we are relevant to what the rest of the world is doing,” he said.

Dr Waqainabete said health and nurses were evolving and nurses needed to make sure they were relevant to what the expectations were and also relevant to the evidence suggested.

He said he was pleased with how nursing had developed compared with the past 20 years.

“I’ve seen the growth from strength to strength,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“That is something we are very keen on working hand in hand with the nursing council and also the Fiji nursing colleges which are institutions that support the work of the Ministry of Health. We are also working hand in hand with the Fiji Nursing Association.

“It’s about innovation and it’s also about looking beyond the horizon. It’s also about empowerment and making sure we have a true health profession in nursing.”

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