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Dec 2, 2015

PAHO Hosts Nurse Educators Workshop

A sub-regional workshop on the development of competencies for nurse educators in the region commenced today at the Ramada Belize City Princess. Organized by the Pan American Health Organization office both locally and regionally, the three-day meeting is bringing together nursing professionals from the region to review objectives to improve the nursing education system and ensure that the quality of healthcare and the professionals in the sector are up to par with modern systems. News Five spoke today with Doctor Marvin Manzanero of the Ministry of Health and PAHO Regional Advisor Silvia Cassiani about the health workshop.

 

Silvia Cassiani, PAHO/WHO Regional Advisor, Nursing & Midwifery

Silvia Cassiani

“The education of health professionals is one of the concern of PAHO and one of the priority activity of the unit of human resources for health. So the nursing education is a concern for all the region—the America region, the Central America, the North America, South America and the Caribbean. We have more nursing schools right now; we have more students looking for nursing as a profession so we have to guarantee that the quality of the professionals that we are graduating and also to better improve the quality of the healthcare in the region is one of our priority.”

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Interim Director of Health Services

“It’s trying to make sure that you have adequate quality of services being rendered by human resources and that they are evolving in what they are learning and what they are being taught. So for example, the University of Belize is undertaking, as we understand it, a curriculum review of their nursing aspect; they are doing that in conjunction with the University of the West Indies. And we have educators in nursing from different universities across the Caribbean region here. So the intention is how we can learn from each other to see how that can translate into an improve curriculum, an improve nursing persons coming into the field and how that trickles back to quality of services that these nurses will be giving patients across the country.”

 

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