Education Minister, Santia Bradshaw hopes the recent refocusing of the Barbados Community College’s (BCC) nursing programme will result in more students becoming registered nurses.
She stated this as she addressed the recent launch of the Nursing Auxiliary Studies Programme at the College.
Bradshaw said a review was conducted and adjustments to the College’s nursing programme were done last year. However, “for many years prior to 2019, most of the Barbados Community College students in the Bachelor’s programme failed the regional exam. The lowest failure rate was 88 per cent in late 2018.
“I asked the Board of the Barbados Community College to conduct a review of the College’s nursing programme and report on the steps needed to improve the regional exam results. A committee – chaired by the Principal and including a member of the Board and representatives of the Nursing Council and others – made a number of recommendations, many of which were put into place by late 2019.”
“As a result, 62 per cent of the students who took the regional nursing exam in October 2019 passed. Hopefully, this refocusing of the programme means that more Barbados Community College graduates will take their places as registered nurses in Barbados and the region going forward,” she said.