Twenty-two start nursing course

POSTED: 02/21/12 12:16 PM

St. Maarten – Twenty-two people, who are mainly, between 16 and 24 began a three year course that will lead to them becoming licensed practical nurses on February 15. The LPN program is a new course of Advanced Secondary, Professional & Technical Education (formerly referred to as SBO). Four students that completed the nursing assistant course last year are also part of this LPN group.

The students will receive six weeks of introductory training consisting of the modules “Basic Care”, “Professional Interaction”, “Care for Household”, and an introduction program consisting of anatomy, reporting skills for nurses, maths, psychology, anatomy and physiotherapy (e.g. how to properly lift a patient out of bed). They will then continue with three days of job training and two days of school. The other modules that will be covered during the three year course are: planning and coordination of care, prevention and health Info, quality care & expertise, nursing skills, care for chronically ill patients/the elderly/the mentally handicapped and obgyn.

The course has been developed with Dutch Development Funds for Education and was a cooperative effort of the renowned nursing school IFE (Curacao), White and Yellow Cross, St. Maarten Medical Center, SVOBE and SBO Service Center.

During the selection procedure, the students showed an enormous drive to work in the care sector and Wednesday they expressed their joy that their dream to pursue a nursing career will finally become a reality, with the actual start of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) classes and receipt of their books and readers. The next nursing course that is expected to commence next year is the “Registered Nurse Course”.

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