The Barbados Community College and Duke University School of Nursing celebrated their ten-year educational partnership in which they have trained nursing students to become qualified nurses.
The partnership has allowed students from the Duke University School of Nursing, awarded the best nursing school for Nurse Practitioners in Paediatrics in 2018, to travel to Barbados and undergo training by qualified nurses at some of the polyclinics around the island.
Principal of Barbados Community College (BCC) Cheryl Weekes said the institution was thrilled to help them develop as they journey on their nursing career.
“This has become more than just an annual affair as we have two groups coming and I welcome to Barbados you who are coming for the first time. We are always happy to have you with us, to help you develop that part of your nursing career that you would not be able to develop in the USA. What you are able to attain here in Barbados you will not [be able to develop there] and I say that without any fear because I know that as a fact. We are always happy to facilitate the process and to welcome you not only to the college but to Barbados in general… As you spend your two weeks with us, I know you are going to be enriched; you are going to have an experience second to none that you did not dream of. When they say that Barbados is beyond your imagination, this experience is beyond your imagination,” she said, adding that BCC also thanks the nurses from the polyclinics around the island.
“We give appreciation for our staff from the polyclinics and the Ministry of Health because without them this experience would not have been possible. They normally do an excellent job in taking over and ensuring that your experience is not only in the clinical area but a cultural one as well. But there are certain fixtures in the non-clinical aspects that you will enjoy,” Weekes said, adding that the university has also donated teaching tools which benefit the Barbados Community College.
Weekes presented a plaque to Clinical Instructor of the Duke University School of Nursing Barbara Hotelling for the ten years that they have been collaborating.
After receiving a token of appreciation on behalf of the US-based University, Hotelling said she appreciated the hard work that BCC was doing in the Nursing Programme.
“They made room for us and we are very grateful for this relationship, I, more than anyone else. I appreciate all the hard work you do, all the paperwork, all the guiding of our students and without you, they would not go on with their lives and have this wonderful knowledge about how they should practice,” she said.
She also presented tokens of appreciation to the Barbados Community College, representatives from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and representatives from the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic and Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic for the outstanding work they have done with students from the Duke University School of Nursing. (LG)