Nursing Council withdraws approval for IUC programme
Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer
Some 120 nursing students of the International University of the Caribbean (IUC) have been displaced following a decision by the Nursing Council of Jamaica to bar the institution from conducting a nursing programme in Jamaica.
The Council is authorised by law to ensure that all educational institutions comply with the regulations governing nursing and midwifery training and practice.
The decision by the nursing council to withdraw its approval of IUC’s programme became effective August 15.
The nursing council says it made the decision because the university has failed to hire a faculty of nursing teachers who are suitably qualified and licensed to teach nursing.
The council also says it is aware that the IUC has been experiencing challenges since most of its qualified nursing faculty resigned three months ago.
But the council says it has been patient with the university adding that it even helped the university to source qualified nurse educators.
The nursing council says it has advised the university that no new students should be admitted to the programme until it regains the approval to operate a school of nursing.
The council also requested that the IUC explains how it plans to deal with the 120 student nurses who were already in the programme.
However, the council says the university is yet to respond.
In the meantime, the IUC says the council’s decision to withdraw approval for its nursing programme was rushed.
IUC’s vice president of Student Affairs, Mackesha Evans, says the university was given less than a month to replace the teachers who resigned in June.
Evans says the nursing council instructed the IUC to higher more qualified teachers than the ones who left, but she this is difficult to do in Jamaica.
Evans says the decision of the nursing council to stop the university's nursing programme has disappointed a number of its current students who now have to find alternative institutions and additional school fees.