Nursing school expansions likely in 2017

The Ministry of Public Health will be looking to broaden its nurses’ training programme in 2017 by expanding the Charles Roza School of Nursing in Linden and the New Amsterdam school of Nursing.

GINA said that the expansion of the Charles Roza School of Nursing in Linden is expected to start early 2017.

The expansion is intended to accommodate nursing and other allied healthcare students for training from Regions One, Seven, Eight, Nine and some parts of Ten.

In an interview with GINA, Director of Health Sciences and Education, Ministry of Public Health, Wilton Benn said there are plans to have more classroom space at the Charles Roza School of Nursing.

New Amsterdam School of Nursing, Berbice (GINA photo)
New Amsterdam School of Nursing, Berbice (GINA photo)
Charles Roza School of Nursing, Linden (GINA photo)
Charles Roza School of Nursing, Linden (GINA photo)

“We are paying attention to the expansion of the Charles Roza School of Nursing. Emphasis will be directed towards being able to provide more classroom faculty space because Charles Roza is the school that focuses heavily on the training of interior people.”

The estimated cost for the expansion of the Charles Roza Nursing School is $ 35M. Benn added that the plans include a new hostel for hinterland students that are currently accommodated at the Watooka hostel.

The Charles Roza  Nursing School currently houses approximately 80 nursing and allied healthcare students.

Meanwhile, at the New Amsterdam School of Nursing, GINA said that plans have been made to complete expansion works that started in 2015. In addition, $20M has been requested for the construction of a hostel.

The construction of a hostel at the New Amsterdam School of Nursing will accommodate students from communities along the Canje and Berbice rivers, some areas of Region Five and other far flung communities in Region Six.

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