Monday, February 24, 2014

State University of Haiti celebrates 1st Masters Degree of Science in Nursing

Delivering on a promise, Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions in Weston, MA in partnership with the State University of Haiti and the Haitian Ministry of Health will celebrate Haiti’s future nursing leaders as they watch the twelve Haitian nursing faculty graduate with the 1st master’s degree in nursing from the University of Haiti, a real step forward for nurses and the health care system in Haiti.

The graduate degrees in science will be conferred February 18 in Port-au-Prince, a milestone for the nursing profession in that beleaguered nation. The Regis College Haiti project that has “educated the educators” has won support from global health leaders seeking systemic change, including the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.

Boston-based medical charity Partners in Health, founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, has collaborated with Regis to build Haiti’s human resources for health.

“Our presence in Haiti started well before the earthquake. In 2007, we promised the nurses of Haiti to change the under-resourced health care system, not just assist in episodic clinical care during spring break,” said Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “Upgrading Haitian nurses’ education to a master’s of science persuades me that this is within reach.”

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