Mentorship programme for junior nurses

Nurses at the workshop on Monday
Nurses at the workshop on Monday

Nursing managers and supervisors, who will serve as mentors of a mentorship program for junior nurses, began a two- day coaching and mentoring training workshop, at the Public Service Training Centre (PSTC) in Roseau on Monday.

During the two days, the mentors will be equipped with the tools to assist in coaching and moulding junior nurses toward professionalism and competence during their first six months of nursing practice.

The nursing mentorship programme, a first for the Ministry of Health, is the brainchild of Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Caesarina Ferrol.

In addressing the opening ceremony, Ferrol stated the objectives of the mentorship programme.

“The main objectives of this programme are to develop supportive and encouraging relationships to assist nurses in their professional, personal and inter-personal growth, to promote mutuality based on the needs of colleagues, and to communicate information concerning expectations, learning opportunities and stressors,” she said.

Ferrol noted that some of the specific objectives of the programme will be “to provide holistic support and individualized guidance for selected nurses to support ongoing development and evaluation of junior nurses, to provide individualized counseling and support for new nurses, to facilitate quick adjustments to new roles and responsibilities and gaining self confidence”.

According to the Principal Nursing Officer, the mentorship programme will also seek to promote ownership among nurses for the professional improvement of the nursing service and to support the performance improvement activities for nurses who have not met requirements for the job during performance appraisal review.

The programme will also seek “to assist and support nurses who require individualized attention and to improve competence and customer relationship and nursing practice within the clinical setting,” she pointed out.

The nursing mentorship programme, to be implemented in phases will be institutionalized at the Princess Margaret Hospital and at various health districts.

Selected nurses will be assigned to train mentors over a six month period, during which there will be various planned activities, including an in-service education programme, and continuous monitoring and evaluation.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Nurse Helen Royer, also spoke at the opening ceremony. She said that efforts are being made by the Ministry to support, encourage and motivate new and inexperienced nurses in order to retain competent, productive and efficient nursing staff.

“Our vision at the Ministry of Health, is partnering for optimum health for all and we have realized, and are very much aware of the significant role that nurses play in making this a reality. Nurses are definitely the main contributors to delivery of health care in Dominica and the wider region,” she said.

“The Ministry of Health remains committed to providing quality health care for all those who utilize our health facilities and in order to achieve this, several initiatives have been implemented in ensuring improvement of the care we give to those that we are called to serve and it is commendable that this programme is finally launched,” Royer stated.

The workshop is being facilitated by Educator, Mrs. Lucina Lafond-Charles.

A similar coaching and mentoring training workshop has been planned for October 28 and 29, 2013.

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  1. OMG
    October 9, 2013

    That’s a very good initiative, however I hope that the PNO and the PS realize that being in the nursing service for 10 – 20 years does not qualify an individual to be a good mentor. I also hope that those chosen to be mentors are okay with the idea and are willing to take some extra time to do just that, because if the responsibility of being mentors was forced on the senior nurses then they may end up doing more harm than good.

  2. really
    October 8, 2013

    Now seriously these mentors to the junior nurses need mentors themselves!o well oops… thats why they are being trained. my bad. just think most times junior nurses are more pleasant with the public.

  3. Manicou
    October 8, 2013

    Some of those nurses we have really need training in customer service. Some of them are too unprofessional. Those in authority should look at customer service as a requirement to get into the nursing service.


  4. wondering
    October 8, 2013

    Excellent idea by the PNO. Stand tall..

  5. PP
    October 8, 2013

    Well,, that is good to think big… But her objectives should also include the improvement of nurse’s working conditions… they should be fighting for the nurse to get a better salary and at least a health insurance… I wish the above could be added to the objectives for the workshop… Anyways good ideas..

  6. good for nothing
    October 7, 2013

    Alas to the junior nurses not at all!!! Some of his nurses do their jobs much better than the the Senior nurses with the peanut they receive

  7. Teacher
    October 7, 2013

    The facilitator is very knowledgeable………….so I know it’s going to be beneficial to the health personnel!

  8. "O" STRESS"
    October 7, 2013

    Wonderful idea, the private sector should implement such a program for the service sector we are lacking when it comes to delivering professional and timely service to those we serve.AS it stands we should take the mantle and strive to be the best others will follow.

  9. sharp tooth
    October 7, 2013

    Good one. Nurses really need that. Hats off to the brain box PNO. Blessings

  10. pure Dominican
    October 7, 2013

    great. some of those junior nurses alas. where are all the nice nurses. I am scared to go to PMH

    • good for nothing
      October 7, 2013


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