Eight years after the programme was stopped, Government has announced that the payment of a stipend to student nurses will resume. This was disclosed yesterday by Minister of Health and Wellness Ian Gooding-Edghill, who said the move would benefit 273 student nurses to the tune of about $2 million per year.
The minister said that this change in policy was expected to give added incentive to Barbadians to join the nursing profession and help to reduce the current nursing shortage.
In addition, Government has set out clear criteria by which student nurses will qualify for the payment of the stipend. (Audio courtesy Ministry of Health and Wellness)