The Ministry of Health, in its focus to continuously improve professionalism and ethics in the nursing practice, has formed an Elite Nursing Squad.
The main objective of this group is to adequately train a cohort of nurses, who will role model the concept of professionalism and ethical practice in the delivery of nursing services in the country.
This initiative is also envisaged to address patient complaints more effectively to allow better responses to patient needs.
To date over 80 nurses have been trained in the three divisional hospitals and a number of sub-divisional hospitals in the country of which 25 nurses were from the CWMH and Central Division, 30 from Lautoka Hospital and the Western Division and 25 from Labasa Hospital and the Northern Division.
The training which was convened over a three day period in April, 2014 basically covered contents such as Professionalism & Ethics, Psychology, Service Excellence and Customer Care.
The trained officers have been deployed to various units and wards in the three divisional hospitals to influence their colleagues on these pertinent nursing concepts.
These officers would also be the major nursing support group to the Ministry?s overseas visiting teams.
The Ministry will continuously evaluate this training?s impact on nursing practice and patient care and is planning to conduct such trainings in future.