Barbados Wants to Provide Nurses to Address Global Shortage

Prime Minister Mia Mottley, government officials, representatives of Ross University, guests and members of the media on a tour of the university’s facilities. (Credit: B.Hinds/BGIS)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday January 11, 2018 – Barbados is placing itself in a position to assist in filling the global shortage of nurses.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley said Government was interested in developing a partnership between the Barbados Community College and the Chamberlain College of Nursing, a subsidiary of Adtalem Global Education.

Mottley made the comments over the weekend, as she delivered the feature address at the grand opening of the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), which is also a member of Adtalem Global Education.

According to her, every week there was a cry across the globe for good nurses.

“I believe we have to reset the things that our population sees as possible opportunities for careers. Regrettably, many young girls have not seen the nursing profession as that profession that can create that vocation for them, as their grandparents and great-grandparents might have done.

“The ability of the Caribbean to continue to produce large numbers of nurses is constrained only by our capacity to educate them and we stand here today, ready to work on that partnership with you to significantly expand the number of nurses that we can produce.  Not to send [the nurses] out to the rest of the world as emigrants, but to send to…the world for the sale of services for six months, nine months or 10 months, never forgetting where you have come from and where you must return to,” Mottley said.

Meantime, President and CEO of Adtalem, Lisa Wardell, said they were excited to launch the next chapter of RUSM’s history in strong partnership with the Barbadian community.

She added that she was grateful to Prime Minister Mottley and her Cabinet for their responsive, solutions-oriented approach to helping ensure a successful RUSM opening.

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