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UniFiji Launches Master of Nursing Programme

The Umanand Prasad School of Medicine of the University of Fiji launched Fiji’s first Master of Nursing programme at its facility in Saweni, Lautoka, yesterday. The school marks another milestone
21 Aug 2014 20:23
UniFiji Launches Master of  Nursing Programme
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The Umanand Prasad School of Medicine of the University of Fiji launched Fiji’s first Master of Nursing programme at its facility in Saweni, Lautoka, yesterday.

The school marks another milestone achievement as it continues to offer training and development programmes developed locally for our medical professionals.

This programme will prepare nursing students and nurses in advanced theory and practices that meet the current global nursing needs. The Director of Nursing Services Fiji, Selina Ledua, said it was a noteworthy achievement for the university.

She said the programme would be instrumental in the academic and professional development of nurses in Fiji.

“Encouraging and ensuring a well-trained and qualified nursing workforce in Fiji is a prime objective of the Ministry of Health’s Division of Nursing,” Ms Ledua said.

Ms Ledua believes that universities such as UniFiji and the Fiji National University are strategically placed to respond to these training needs.

“It is presumed that such post- graduate programmes will not only meet the training needs of nurses but can also become a retention strategy,” she said.

She said findings from researches in 1999 and 2002 indicated that training opportunities were the foremost reasons for nurses migrating.

“The impact to the industry is going to be positive as more and more nurses will have a variety of programmes to venture into; thus building a strong nursing workforce that is well equipped with relevant skills and knowledge.”

Since 2011, approximately 30 from the Health Ministry were accommodated each year at Sahaydri Hospital in India for neurology, orthopaedic, cardiology and intensive care attachments.

The Master of Nursing programme is believed to have the potential to gain significant momentum and also attract regional counterparts if the university intends to market the product off-shore. Enrolment for this programme started earlier this month and has had a good response from nurses.

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