Poor working conditions, lack of proper resources and remuneration are some of the challenges that the island’s nurses face in the performance of their duties.
This is according to the chairperson of a committee that organized a three-day workshop to mark the 50th anniversary of formal nursing education in Dominica.
Denise Edwards said nurses in Dominica have remained focused despite the formidable challenges facing them and hopes the conference will raise the morale of the nurses since “a motivated community will give better care.”
“The conference is to give thanks for 50 years of successful implementation of nursing education in Dominica … 50 years where we have moulded men and women to become nurses to provide health care,” she said.
A participant at the conference, Cleotra Dodds-St. John, has given her a different perspective on nursing. “Participating in the conference has strengthened my whole approach to the nursing field. It has been a while since I have done nursing and just a refresher in the courses has helped me in delivering better care to my patients,” Dodds-St. Jons, who has been a nurse for 18 years, said.
The conference dealt with issues which included multi drug resistant organisms, breast examination, the role that a nurse takes on in delivery of health care, pain management and modern trends in obstetrical nursing.
The anniversary celebrations will continue on Thursday evening with a dinner where people and businesses who contributed to the success of the nursing education will be awarded and recognised, followed by an “oldie goldies dance”.
The nurses will also enjoy a day of relaxation and fun at the Macoucherie river on Friday.