Last year the Ministry of Health filled in a number of Ward Sister vacancies after first advertising the positions.
Prior to that, in 2010 a couple of Departmental Sisters were appointed without any advertisement of the positions.
Recently the top nursing position of Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) was appointed to Nurse Cesareana Ferrol without any advertisement of the position.
This position was previously held by Mrs Shirley Augustine who had been seconded to PAHO for the last 4 years.
The appointment of the PNO now makes the position of the PMH Matron vacant.
Interestingly the person acting in the Matron’s position was not appointed simultaneously with the PNO probably due to her lack of qualifications.
Will the powers that be eventually appoint her unqualified without advertising the position?
Will they wait another 4 years until she is qualified?
Will they advertise the position and appoint a new Matron and bring some stabilization to the uncertain tense nursing management at the hospital?
It is well known that many nurses in the hospital and community are more highly qualified than the current acting Matron who does not even hold a bachelors degree in nursing.