Enrollment for the UCCI nursing programme began this week. It’s touted to be the local University’s flagship course for those who choose to enter a career as a nurse. So far, more than 40 people signed up to the programme since its inception three years ago.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter caught up with the head of the nursing programme who explains why this course is no cake walk.
“You can climb the mountain, you can reach for the sky and go beyond the stars , nursing is a very diverse profession,” said Terica Larmond, Director of the nursing programme for UCCI.
Head of nursing school Terica Larmond says students who chose to enrol in UCCI’s nursing programmes have to go beyond what’s written in their textbooks.
“If some of them are in their text-book we may not see it in the Cayman Islands, there are some conditions as a nurse that you might see once in your lifetime or you might never ever see it,” said Terica Larmond.
The nurses of tomorrow have to learn everything about healthcare locally and globally. On island the students have to be informed about prevalent viruses such as Zika and how to prevent it from spreading and to help those experiencing symptoms.
“They have to know what is current because at the moment we have zika, outbreak of zika and we have it right here in Cayman, our students have to know what is happening,” said Terica Larmond.
Nursing students are provided the necessary tools and equipment, so as to have a hands on learning experience.
They also research data and create fact sheets to spread the word about viruses.
“Even when we had Ebola, we from the school of nursing, we had flyers posted around the place,” said Terica Larmond.
As Cayman is home to over one hundred and twenty different nationalities, this allows the opportunity for foreign diseases to be exposed on our shores.
“People migrate and we are in a very small global village, so you never know when you have to manage a case that exists elsewhere, that condition is prevalent elsewhere, where people migrate, they come to your country with that condition, you have to be able to care for them,” said Terica Larmond.
As for Mrs. Larmond, she hopes more people will sign up to learn how to provide nursing care to patients.
The nursing programme lasts four years, so this year it will have its first graduating class. 6 out of 10 students are currently on the honours list in that graduating class.