SVGCC Partners with UWI for New Masters Programme
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) has partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus – Faculty of Medical Sciences to offer Vincentians an opportunity to pursue a Masters in Nursing (MScN) locally through the SVGCC’s Division of Nursing Education (DNE).
The programme, which intends to welcome its first cohort in September 2021, targets registered general and psychiatric trained nurses who have at least five years post RN experience.
Director of the SVGCC - Nigel Scott, welcomed the new initiative by reiterating the importance of continued development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ human capital. Scott also commented that the partnership is another indication of the UWI’s and the SVGCC’s joint commitment to providing growth opportunities for students and supporting them in their pursuit of excellence as they step into the future. The UWI’s Dr. Wendy Sealy, Programme Coordinator of the MScN programme at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, echoed similar sentiments by expressing “such collaborations will build the capacity of the staff and students in the various organisations’ departments and serves to enhance the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, expertise and skills.”
The MScN offers two areas of specialisation (i) Nursing Administration and (ii) Nursing Education. It will be delivered through the blended format of online and face-to-face sessions and consists of 17 courses over a 2-year period.
Step into the Future: Partnership between UWI, FMS Cave Hill and SVGCC for Quality Nursing Education
The Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, Cave Hill Campus in September, 2018, introduced the Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) degree in the specializations of Education and Administration. This initiative increased advanced training opportunities for nurses in Barbados and the OECS.
Given the alarming World Bank statistics on the English-speaking Caribbean’s nursing labour force deficits, and the need for strategic quality nursing education to build capacity in that labour force, and given the UWI’s vision and mission of advancing learning and creating knowledge and fostering innovation for positive transformation, the UWI expanded its programme offerings through partnerships with regional and international entities.
The remarkable intersect between the UWI’s strategic objectives; the region’s nursing labour force needs; and the facilities available to the Cave Hill Campus’ Faculty of Medical Sciences presented a unique harmonisation of purpose for the nursing profession, the Caribbean populace, and the UWI. Moreover, these conditions create an enviable opportunity for the existing MScN programme and course offerings in collaboration with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, commencing in September, 2021. According to Dr. Wendy Sealy, Programme Coordinator of the MScN programme at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, such collaborations will build the capacity of the staff and students in the various organizations’ departments and serves to enhance the cross-fertilization of knowledge, expertise and skills.
The MScN programme will be delivered through the blended format of online and face-to-face sessions and consists of 17 courses to be delivered over a 2-year period. Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to contact the St. Vincent and Grenadines Community College for further details on how to apply. Step into the Future.
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