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NURSING: A STEP INTO
THE FUTURE
Michael Larui. Ministry of Health and Medical Services
Verzilyn Isom. Solomon Island College of Higher
Education (SICHE)
Mary MacManus. Auckland University of Technology
(AUT) New Zealand
Nursing Service in Solomon Islands
• National Nursing
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Administration - Nursing
Management and
Development
Nursing Council of Solomon
Islands
National Referral Hospital
Provincial Nursing Division
Schools of Nursing
Faith Based Organization
Non governmental
Organization
Solomon Islands Nursing
Association
Nursing Services in Solomon Islands
• Improve quality care in
nursing practice
• Strengthen Leadership
and Management
• Research Capacity
Building – Evidence
Based Practice
• Continuing Professional
Development
• Prior to 1984
School of Nursing and
Health Studies
• Nursing education within MHMS
• Highest award Certificate in Nursing
• 1984
Transfer of nursing Education to SICHE
• Establishment of School of Nursing and Health Studies
(SNHS)
• Along with 7 other Schools
1995 Upgrade from Certificate to Diploma
1996 First Diploma in Nursing
2009 – 2011 Redevelopment of Diploma
SICHE Development
towards a University
• The National coalition for Reform and Advancement (NCRA)
Government Policy Statement Part 9.Social Sector 9.1
Education (b) NCRA will convert SICHE to National
University
• Key Activities :
• -Finalization of the Solomon Islands National University Bill (SINU)
• - Development of the Transition Implementation Action Plan
• -Review of the SICHE Academic Regulations
• -Development of the Academic Master Plan
• -Development of the Organizational Structure.
• SINU will strengthen and raise the quality and the level of its
programmes and qualification to ensure credibility and
recognition of its course and award Nationally ,Regionally, and
Internationally
DEGREE DEVELOPMENT
Goal of the Degree
To produce well educated, competent graduates who have
the:
• advanced knowledge, skills and practice required to
show leadership in the safe and effective delivery of
nursing care to individuals, families and communities in
the Solomon Islands
• academic ability to proceed to postgraduate of education
and to contribute in a meaningful manner to health
development in the Solomon Islands
Pathways To Bachelor Degree
Yr of study
Programme
Comments
Bachelor of Nursing
RN direct entry to year
4 with RPL
Year 4
2 years RN practice
Year 3
Year 2
Year 1
MOH requirement
3 yr Level 6 Diploma
Diploma in Nursing
Leads to nursing
registration in SI
Bachelor of Nursing
Core Courses
Leadership and Management
Research and Evidence Based practice
Applied Science and Pharmacology
BN Structure 2011 - 2012
Semester 2
Study Skills
Semester 1
Wk 1
2
3
4
Block 1
Block 1
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Applied Learning
in Workplace
Applied Learning
in Workplace
Block 2
Block 2
Outcomes of the BN
• Degree is designed for and focuses on the advancement
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of nursing practice in SI and surrounding countries
RNs with strengthened assessment and diagnostic skills
especially for work in an isolated sole practice areas
Addresses major health issues and health strategies in
SI
Regional centre for nurses to complete a bachelor
degree that is relevant to Pacific nursing practice and
addresses local need and issues
Solomon Islands RNs can advanced to degree level
First SI undergraduate degree will set the process for
others
First Students
Programme
• commenced July 2011
• Completed July 2012
Students
• Commenced 23
• 11 Female
• 12 male
• Completed 21
Experience 7 – 25 yrs. RN practice
• Acute Care – 12
• Primary Health – 11
BN 2011 – 2012; Challenges
Students
• Academic level of degree
• Reading and writing skills
Teachers
• Workload teaching across Diploma and degree
• Amount of new development
• Movement to higher level of teaching
Resources
• Learning Support for students
• Library resources
Student Feedback
• “I am very confident now in managing any emergency
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cases that come into the Emergency Department”
“I can assess ,diagnose and manage any ill patient”
“A very appropriate program that suits the country’s
situation”
“Encourage all Registered Nurses to take up this program
it has really helped us in our leadership and Management
skills as well”.
“Has really advanced our knowledge of science and
rationalized issues”
“Has improved my work ethics and now can lead the
younger nurses”
“I have made the right decision to take up this program”
ISSUES FOR THE FUTURE
• All staff to acquire higher qualifications (Masters.
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Doctoral)
Increase qualified staff through recruitment from the Sol
Is, the Region and internationally
Acquisition of required resources for the programmes
Improve the quality of support services systems provided
to students and staff.
To establish and develop relationships and partnership
with National and Regional institutions for the purpose of
recognition and credibility.
Full commitment of the Government to support.
Use of Degree Graduates in MHMS
• Clinical Leadership
• Challenges
• Identifying and supporting future leaders
SI Education Development Framework
Post Bachelor
degree
4 years degree
includes 3 year
Diploma
PHD
PG/Masters
Specialist Nsg
Out of Country
Bachelor in Nursing
Acute care, Primary
Health, Midwifery
Child Health
3 Year
diploma
Level 6
In Country
SICHE
SICHE
Diploma in Nursing
ON-GOING DEGREE
DEVELOPMENT
2013
Midwifery Degree
BN (Midwifery) Semester 1
1
2
3
4
5
6
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9
Intro BN
Block 1
Science for Reproductive
Health
Management of pregnant
woman
Care of the Newborn
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
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18
Block 2
Science for Reproductive
Health
Management of pregnant
woman
Care of the Newborn
Practice 1
5 weeks
Between semesters
Practice 2
4 weeks
BN Midwifery Semester 2
1
2
3
4
5
6
Block 3
Research and Evidence
Based Practice
Leadership & Management
Registered Midwifery
Practice
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8
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Practice 3
5 weeks
11
12
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14
15
16
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Post Semester 2
Block 4
Research & Evidence Based
Practice
Midwifery Clinical Practice 4
Leadership & Management
10 weeks
Registered Midwifery
Practice
Bachelor
in Nursing Child Health
Child health
Structure
Unit Name
Credit points
Core Units (40 credit points)
Leadership and Management
Research and Evidence Based practice
20
20
Applied Units (40 credit points)
Developmental Science and Pharmacology
Assessment & Diagnostic Inquiry Child Heath
20
20
Child health Units (40 credit points)
Child Health Management
and
Management of the ill Child
or
Neonatal Care
20
20
20
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Leadership of Verzilyn and Michael
Teachers in the SNHS
Nurses in the MHMS

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