College of Nursing Studies
The new hospital is almost finished and will hopefully be completely transitioned before the summer of 2014. The administration offices will be moved to a renovated area of the old guesthouse and in its place, The College of Nursing Studies will open.
There was a previous Nursing School on La Gonave which started in 1978 as an unaccredited, two year program to train local women to care for the patients. Eventually the program closed and staffing needs became so critical that the hospital hired nurses trained elsewhere. Due to an increased need in qualified staff, a new facility to better train medical professionals, and the need for institutions of higher education in Haiti, it was decided to open the first branch of the Wesleyan University of Haiti.
Janice Cotrone (pictured here in the previous nursing school) is spearheading these efforts and has worked tirelessly to begin a new 4 year accredited program where graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science degree and qualify to take the state board exam for RN licensure. However, training nurses is not the only goal. The College of Nursing Studies will exist to prepare Registered Nurses capable of performing their duties with excellent care, compassion, competence, and the spirit of Jesus to the highest level possible. Bible studies and discipleship classes will be intertwined with academic studies, teaching students how to model Christ-like character as they perform their duties.
Will you partner with us, making the dream of a Wesleyan University of Haiti and a nursing program of excellence a reality?
$2500 will sponsor a student for one year, providing tuition, textbooks, uniforms, supplies, and two hot meals five days each week. We need 10 full time scholarships and 20 scholarships of $600 for a work study program in conjunction with the hospital.
An immediate need of $35-40,000 exists to renovate the old nursing school building and purchase needed office equipment, desks, student computers, and teaching aids.
Prayer is needed for the accreditation process, student selection, and needed professors. Pray for Janice as she leads the school forward. Doors will open October 1, 2014 and the freshman class will begin rigorous studies. Nothing like this has ever happened before in the Wesleyan Church of Haiti. Exciting days are ahead for the church, the hospital, and the students!
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