Half Of Nursing Students Don’t Return

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July 10, 2018 8:55 am AST
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The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) still needs qualified nurses and allied health specialists, but Minister for Health and Social Services, Hon. Ronnie Skelton announced that efforts to find qualified Virgin Islanders to fill the positions remain a challenge, since half of the students sent overseas to study do not return to assist the Territory.

During the Fifth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly, Hon. Skelton explained that the Human Resources Department of the BVIHSA is trying to fill some of the vacant positions like nurses and allied specialists, and in order to do so, they have had to recruit overseas. He said that most of the needed staff have been sourced from outside of the local population.

“We have to employ them, we have to bring them in…until we start training more nurses. I understand we have quite a few overseas now being trained,” Hon. Skelton explained.

The Health Minister said that persons are going away to study, but the BVI is not reaping the benefit.

“If you send out ten, probably five might come back, but that’s the reality of what we are dealing with. So if you have these positions in the hospital requiring nursing, medical practitioners, allied health practitioners, you want to have the service here on island, you’re gonna have to employ these people from outside to fill these positions.”

Nonetheless, Hon. Skelton noted that the health service is not as transient as would be expected from the overseas recruitment strategy, as many who are employed from elsewhere stay on.

“Quite a number of people, once they get here and they understand the tranquility and the life we live here, a lot of people stay. We have nurses that stayed with us for 25/ 30 years because they like it here. Some people use it as a stepping stone to go for higher opportunities and that’s the reality.”

The need to hire more nurses was previously mentioned by former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVIHSA, Paula Chester-Cumberbatch during her appearance before the Standing Finance Committee this year. Chester-Cumberbatch said that the drive was ongoing and that the BVIHSA had recruited a few nurses since Irma and they were trying to find accommodations for them.

She said that the Health Services Authority had an additional pending list of nurses and they were reaching out to the islands with full nursing programmes.

The former CEO also added that through Caribbean Jobs, they ensured that their vacancy notices for nurses go far and wide.
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Humble Woman
Tired of applying to them as a physical therapist side..i 've a be longer status and all they told me is pending ..yet cat and Rats getting work there.
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Lilly
As far as I am aware, the students on scholarships have guarantors, and if they fail to return, then enforce the rules and others will learn.
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Jay
Then they turn around and treat the locals like s**t. How can a bachelor of nursing be paid the same as a diploma nurse.
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Doesn't matter where they are citizens of. A bond is a bond. A legal contract is a legal contract. They enforce it for who they want and they let others ride into the sunset... Also, I'm pretty sure those same US Citizens also have a Virgin Islands passport, else they would not have qualified for the Scholarship. But, let's continue to play games and throw money in the bottomless pit.
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Hmmmm
I am laughing so hard at some of these comments. If our govt were to call in these scholarship bonds they would be the worst ever. But yet our own people continue to take advantage of tax payers and we blame politicians and expats. This is only the beginning, keep watching! We are our own worst enemy!
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Ausar
Are the territorial salaries competitive with national/kingdomer standards? I think when the government addresses such issues, many students will return. Of course, if students have defaulted on such contracts, perhaps, the printing of their names in the Gazette or other public medium in a similar manner like we do it here in the US VI via the Commercial Reporter, should knudge students to remain true to their contractual obligations.
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Boo
lol Every last one of these Scholarship recipients has a local guarantor. What we have here is another admitted failure of the NDP government.
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Management
Look at your management!! They said they upgrade salary give an increase and then took back allowances that equals half of the increase. This is the reality of what is happening. Your recruitment processes needs to be revamp. Its like going to the inquisition. Lots of the student nurses came back sit around can for a while then just pack it up and go back to the USA and within a week began working. Management. Management. Management.
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WTF
Come back here to barely make ends meet? Doing so many years in school to come back here and make entry level money makes no sense!
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MUMU
NO GOOD SALARY CHUPES.. I GONE TOO
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No Accountability
The main problem with this is that majority of students are American Citizens...............
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Oh Really...........
they don't return? are they on scholarships? if so, then reel them in or have them pay the Gov back........
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Make An Example
These person are sent away without guarantors signing? We need to put something in place or make sure these persons signing have collateral that can be taken from them if needs be. Examples need to be made. It’s unfair to have tax payers dollars wasted on sending persons away to school for another country to benefit from our investment. The government needs to crack down on persons who have went away and if it means making who signed on these scholarships or loans pay the price then so be it.
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Detective
if people from overseas can be recruited why not locate and recruit the bvislanders who defected???
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OVERDOING IT
BACK-BENCHERS LIKE ARCHIE THEM SO SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO THIS
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