Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) is now the home of what has been dubbed by the University of the West Indies (UWI) as the best Nurses Clinical Simulation Laboratory in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
With the launch of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in May 2014 there was a need to provide students with the appropriate resources. Thus, CFBC sought to establish a facility designed and equipped to deliver clinical skills training to student nurses. The facility also has the capacity to offer training to a number of healthcare professionals like fire and rescue services and civil defence forces.
“This is indeed a milestone event, for it captures two basic truths about CFBC,” said President of CFBC Dr. Kelvin Daly. “First, we always endeavour to live by our motto, Suma Sempra Nitens: Always Striving for Excellence. Second, thinking outside the box is the norm not the exception. The most immediately obvious evidence of this type of strategic thinking is captured by the very fact that we are indeed a junior college offering university training.”
Minister of Education the Hon. Shawn Richards stated that health, education and patient care are being transformed through the innovative work at CFBC.
“No longer will our students be seated in classrooms listening to lectures and the experience of lecturers but they will be actively involved in their own learning, using evidence-based clinical interventions in the management of diseases and disabilities,” the Minister stated. “A clinical simulation skills lab offers a unique way for students and health care providers to access and learn new technology in an environment that enables them to become familiar with the latest innovations.”
The Education Minister added that he recognizes that the Division of Health Sciences is committed to meeting the needs of society for well prepared interdisciplinary health care professionals.
“These health care professionals have the ultimate goal of improving quality and safety of care and I commend the entire faculty and staff who persevered along this journey.”
The Education Minister pledged his government’s support in the continuation of innovation and excellence at the CFBC.
The brand new state-of-the-art laboratory officially opened on April 16, 2015.