For 2023, Saint Lucia has prioritised recruiting and retaining nurses to ensure enough skilled and qualified persons amid the nursing brain drain.
In an International Nurses Day message, Chief Nursing Officer Kerthney Charlemagne-Surage explained that nursing faces many challenges.
“The greatest and most concerning is nursing shortage as we witness the migration of nurses to more lucrative employment,” she explained.
“Whilst we cannot prevent nurses from pursuing their professional development goals, it is critical that we ensure a comfortable number of skilled and qualified persons at the bedside and within the communities,” the Chief Nursing Officer said.
In this regard, she stated that the Ministry of Health had placed nurse recruitment and retention as a 2023 priority, with incremental investments in key strategic areas to ensure a brighter future for nurses and their profession.
“We anticipate continued investments in the nursing profession in the areas of jobs, education and practice,” the Chief Nursing Officer said.
Nurses worldwide celebrated International Nurses Day on Friday under the theme: Our Nurses, Our Future.