38 nurses fail exam
THIRTY-EIGHT out of the 232 nurses who graduated with a degree in nursing will have to re-sit their registration exam before they can be posted to health facilities across the country.
The 38 intern nurses failed their registration exam, which, if they had passed, would have enabled them to obtain a nurse’s licence and become registered nurses after their internship.
Director Nursing Selina Waqa-Ledua said apart from the 38, all other nurses who had graduated had been posted to the three major hospitals in Lautoka, Labasa and Suva.
She said two of the graduates were regional students who had left Fiji for their home countries.
She said the timing of the intern nurses’ posting to the main hospitals was perfect with the Ministry of Health playing a crucial role in ensuring people’s safety.
“It’s very appropriate (nurses posting), even though we’re still in a State of Emergency, I think the rationale to conduct this induction program is more for the post-cyclone initiatives that will come in place,” Mrs Waqa- Ledua said.
“There may be a need to post senior nurses on the field so these are the interns and we will need to post them as soon as possible to the places where they are needed most.”
She said in that way, it provided cushion staffing to hospitals which had senior nurses out on the field.
The induction program would run for four days before the nurses start work.
This is the first induction program to be conducted at national level.
Source Fijitimes 16 Mar 2016