The Solomon Islands Nursing Council board awarded full nursing registration to 151 part one registered nurses. In its meeting on Tuesday 2nd August, the board was satisfied with the reports of assessment on the nurses who have fulfilled the requirements of the nurses supervised practice program (SPP).
This means that the newly registered nurses are now ready to practice wherever they are recruited.
The last component of the SPP is a week of “Knowing Your Public Service and Public Service Code of Conduct” which will be facilitated by Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) of the Ministry of Public Service. This is planned for next week followed by another week of evaluation of the program. This will be followed by the registration ceremony which will see the official pinning and commissioning of the newly registered nurses.
Mr. Michael Larui National Director of Nursing and Chair Solomon Islands Nursing Council Board said this however depends on the timely availability of financial support.
“As we speak, the Nursing council administration still has outstanding payments to be made to the nurses for their allowances and to accommodation and transport owners that the nurses used when they were attached to health facilities for their rural community block”, Mr. Larui said.
Also at the meeting, the board awarded part one registration to 180 graduate nurses. 159 of these are from the Solomon Islands National University and 21 are from Atoifi Adventist College of Nursing. This group is now ready to undergo the one year nurses SPP (internship program).
“We are aiming to start the program for this group on September of this year depending on funds. Given the budget pressure, we may defer the program to 2024”, the chairman said.
During the meeting, the board also discussed the current review of the Nursing Council Act as part of the consultation to develop the policy to guide renewal of the Nursing Council Act.
The chair acknowledged the technical support by the World Health Organization and MHMS senior executive management in this review process.