Health services in Jersey are continuing to face a shortage of nurses. Despite a continuous recruitment campaign, there are currently 38 vacancies - about 5% of the workforce.
Retaining staff is particular problem. Every year around 10% of the workforce leave their jobs.
The Nurse Education Centre at Health and Social Services are hoping a programme they intend to launch in May will help fill the gap.
The 'Return to Practice' programme is encouraging former nurses back into jobs. It gives them the opportunity to re-train on island.
And so far the programme seems popular with 21 interested people attending the two open sessions held in November at the General Hospital.
The head of Nursing and Midwifery Education at Health and Social Services, Julie Mesny, said: “The sessions were aimed at Islanders who are either already registered nurses, or whose registration has lapsed, but who have not practised nursing recently, with the areas of specialism being general adult nursing and mental health.”
The course will consist of around 150 hours of theory, and 150 hours of clinical practice. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to undertake supervised practice in an area related to their previous experience. Each person will also have a personal tutor, and excellent job opportunities.
Chief Nurse Rose Naylor said: “It is very encouraging to have had such a good response to these open sessions, and we hope that nurses who already live in Jersey will undertake the course. The course is a great opportunity for nurses living in Jersey to re-enter clinical practice as safe and competent practitioners. This is a very important initiative for us not only to recruit people already in the island who want to restart their nursing career, but also as part of the department's commitment to develop local workforce capacity."
John Hemming's Address
JERSEY AND THE IMPRISONMENT OF STUART SYVRET
That this House notes the imprisonment of Stuart Syvret; believes that the public authorities of the island of Jersey do not operate in a manner compliant with the requirements of the European Commission of Human Rights (ECHR), there being overt and significant overlaps and contaminations between the legislature, executive and judiciary; further notes that Her Majesty's subjects in Jersey are not protected by effective checks and balances, and that there has been the political repression of former Chief Police Officer, Graham Power and former Senator Stuart Syvret; further notes that, notwithstanding the responsibility the Secretary of State for Justice has for good governance and Convention Rights in Jersey, the island's authorities are permitted to repress opposition activists, and that the Secretary of State for Justice and Jersey's Lieutenant Governor have failed to act; further notes that successive governments of the United Kingdom have committed this nation to securing real democratic freedoms and the rule of law in other jurisdictions, yet in the British enclave of Jersey on the United Kingdom's very doorstep, ordinary powerless people are oppressed by an entrenched oligarchy; and calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to appoint an independent Commission similar to that which investigated corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands, to investigate the conduct of Jersey's public administration and to urgently bring the protections of the ECHR to Her Majesty's subjects in the island.