The General Nursing council of Saint Lucia is a statutory body established under the Registartion of Nurses and Midwives Ordinance No.12 of 1966.
The Main purpose of the Ordinance and function of the Council is to
Composition of The Council
The Council is made up of nine members:
Tenure of Office
Members of the Council, other than ex-officio members, shall hold office for three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment or re-election.
Committees of the Council
Five standing committees have been established to assist in the work of the Council. A member of Council shall serve on each of the following Committees:
Education - Facilitates the continuing education of nurses, midwives and nursing assistants based on indentified training needs. This committee also recommends approved trainers.
Examinations - Facilitates the development, administration and evaluation of registration examinations
Standrads - Develops and monitors compliance with standards of nursing practice and education.
Legislation / Rules and Regulations - Ensures that legislation regarding nursing practice education and regulation are current; and revises the by-laws of the Council as appropriate.
Ad Hoc Committees
Disciplinary - Conducts investigations and makes recommendations relevant to formal complaints of professional neglicence, malpractice or unethical professional conduct of registered and enrolled nurses.
Appeals - Investigates appeals filed for review of the results of examinations coudncted by the council or decisions taken with respect to applications for registration. A formal application and the payment of the relevant fees are required.
Meetings of Council
The Council conducts monthly general meetings, standing committee and other extraordinary meetings as required.
Persons who wish to practice nursing in St. Lucia are requrired to register with the General Nursing council in accordance with the Ordinance No. 12 of 1966. The completed application form, supporting documents and evidence of payment of the required non-refundable application fee must be submitted to the office of the Council for review.
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Renewal of License to Practice
All nurses, midwives and nursing assistants are required to renew their licenses annualy no later than 31st March every year.
Failure to do so shall result in suspension of a licensure to practice in St. Lucia.
Requirement for Employers to Verify Current Licensure Status of Employees
All employers are required to verify with the Council the licensure status of all new applicatns for posts as nurses, midwives or nusring assistants.
In addition, employers shall submit to the Council proof of licensure all nursing personnel on staff by January 31st of each year.
The Council conducts examinations for registration of professional nurses and midwives:
Mandatory Continuing Education
Effective 2004, all nurses, midwives and nursing assistants will be required to show proof of contining education in order to maintain a license to practice in St Lucia. Information regarding aproved trainers and training programmes may be obtained from the Office of the General Nursing council of St Lucia.
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