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Practical Nurses Graduate

The Cayman Islands Hospital's School of Nursing offers an excellent opportunity right here at home to take the first step towards a career as future health care practitioners, said Minister of Health Mark Scotland at last night's commencement ceremony.

Congratulating the five graduates, Mr Scotland said training sufficient nursing professionals needs attention now more than ever.

"You are graduating at a time when the world is experiencing a severe shortage of nursing staff. The increased demand for nurses is in large part due to growing life expectancy and population aging," he explained.

"This presents quite a dilemma, particularly for our region. According to a 2005 Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) study, in Latin America and the Caribbean, we averaged just 30 nurses per 10,000 people. These figures are unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future and indeed, the US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the shortage of nurses in the US alone will grow to 275,000 by 2010 and to 800,000 by 2020.

Cayman Islands Hospital School of Nursing 2009 Graduates

Mrs Marcia Porter-Campbell

Ms Tabitha Piercy

Mrs. Cynthia Carolina Powell

Ms Melissa Fern Scott

Ms Kimberley Rose Walton


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