Regional Nursing Body meets – strengthening nursing exam high on agenda

The Regional Nursing Body is holding its annual interim meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, with the performance of the CXC managed Regional Examination for Nurse Registration (RENR) among the items on the agenda.

Deputy Chair of the Regional Nursing Body and Chief Nursing Officer in Barbados Dr. Wendy Sealy says the meeting had the opportunity to hear from the Registrar of CXC which has been managing the exam for the past three years.

CXC Registrar Mr. Glenroy Cumberbatch said he was able to point to some aspects of the performance of the exam that can be improved.

The Meeting which began on Monday is being attended by a wide cross section of Regional Health officials and representatives of several institutions including the CARICOM Secretariat, PAHO, University of Guyana, University of the West Indies and CXC.


Caribbean can boast of one of world’s highest immunisation rates

The Caribbean can boast of having one of the highest immunisation rates in the world. That’s the word from Assistant Secretary-General in charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater.

He made the announcement on Tuesday morning during the opening ceremony of the Forty-Second Annual General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body, which is being held at the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana.

Dr. Slater said that many persons did not realise that the Region had one of the highest immunisation rates and found it unbelievable that the Region’s coverage was better than a country as developed as the United States. He attributed this accomplishment to the work of nurses in the Region and noted that they made a valuable contribution to other areas such as maternal health and child health. (more…)

Forty-second Regional Nursing Body AGM begins Tuesday

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The Forty-Second Annual General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body will be held at the CARICOM Secretariat beginning on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The four-day meeting will start with a formal ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the Secretariat’s Large Conference Room.

Assistant Secretary-General of CARICOM, Directorate of Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater, and Chair of the Regional Nursing Body and Chief Nursing Officer of Antigua and Barbuda, Mrs Elnora Warner, will speak at the ceremony.  Minister in the Ministry of Health, Guyana, Dr. Karen Cummings, will declare the meeting open.

The objectives of the meeting are to review the current status of preparations for the October 2015 Regional Examination for Nurse Registration (RENR) and give guidance on any outstanding issues related to the CXC-managed  RENR over its first year. Participants will also approve the way forward for a new Strategic Plan for Nursing in CARICOM and will receive updates on current areas of Regional and global health policy of particular relevance to the nursing community.

It is also expected that officers for the Regional Nursing Body for 2015-2016 will be elected.