During the recent Heads of Health meeting in Suva, the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) was commended for bridging the geographical disparity to provide unrestricted continuing professional development short courses and post graduate university courses to Pacific nurses.
To boost its effort, POLHN recently launched its latest initiative: the POLHN Roadshow. The week-long awareness and advocacy campaign was held in partnership with Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services in October.
The first stop of the roadshow was Sigatoka. Several nurses and other health workers from the Nadroga / Navosa sub-division met with the POLHN team at the Sigatoka Hospital new extension conference room. The 58 bed hospital has over one hundred health professionals and caters for about 50,000 people within the Sigatoka catchment area, including around 5,000 tourists annually.
This often requires nurses to be well-versed with international standards and competencies. As such, the nurses at Sigatoka Hospital and elsewhere are continuously striving to develop contemporary skills and confidence to influence and shape the health system.
One such person was Senior Sister Kone Banuve. The newly opened Sigatoka Hospital’s maternity unit sister-in-charge has completed many POLHN self-paced courses, including in Antenatal Care and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care. At the roadshow, she told POLHN staff: “Courses have not only improved my maternal child health knowledge but management skills as well”.
Dr Amos Zibran, Sub-Divisional Medical Officer also told students that POLHN’s upgraded internet connected learning centre will be relocated to a bigger facility by early next year. This is to cater for the growing needs, of health staff at the hospital, many of whom would like to use online facilities for CPD.
He encouraged health staff to make the most of this great opportunity. He also encouraged them to apply for postgraduate courses through Fiji National University (FNU), for which POLHN offers sponsorship. Applications for this funded study in Semester 1, 2018 at FNU will open on 1 November.
Edited by: Margaret Goydych