President of the Dominica Nursing Association Rosie Felix told a workshop organized in celebration of International Nurses Day at the Fort Young Hotel on Wednesday, that unity must form an essential part of dealing with the problem.
She said that while nurses are grateful for partial medical coverage, “we still await insurance coverage for nurses being driven on government vehicles.”
“While we are grateful for financial assistance to pursue post-graduate studies, we are overdue for remuneration for specialized nurses. While we are happy for training for our nursing managers, we still await an increase in their numbers and pay, as they are extremely stretched and underpaid,” Felix noted.
According to her, although nurses are happy for 100 new nursing positions, the position of deputy matron has still not been filled.
“We anxiously await the restoration of the appointment of a new deputy matron, considering the importance of nursing as an essential service, no less as important to that of the police and fire and ambulance services,” she added.
Felix also recognized while they are happy that other managers in health care work in comfortable offices, they would greatly appreciated that nurse managers be treated similarly.
– DNO Correspondent