The Ministry of Health resumed the Nursing Cadet Programme in 2000 because of the shortage of nurses. The program is a recruitment strategy. It targets high school students in grades 10-12 who are interested in the nursing field.
Students are exposed to basic nursing skills, activities and information whether it is at the hospital or a community clinic. Students have a chance to interact with healthcare professionals who helps to achieve their goals of one day becoming a registered nurse in The Bahamas.
In order for a student to be accepted in the Nursing Cadet Program they must be a Bahamian citizen, have 5 BJCs with a C and above ( English, Mathematics, and one Science Subject), a GPA of 2.5 and above and be recommended by their school’s principal and guidance counsellor.
Applications for the program must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of September. The program commences in October and will continue until April each school year.
The students are schedule for site visits two times each month in the clinical area. In addition, they are expected to meet once each month with their school facilitator.
Benefits: Cadets receive a $25 stipend each month while in the program. On the other hand, there is a graduation ONLY for 12th graders. Seniors who have applied to UB and are truly interested in pursuing nursing as a career will be able to apply for a Nursing Grant (in their 2nd year in college) where tuition would be paid for by the Ministry of Health.
Currently there are eleven students from grades 10-12 in the Nursing Cadet Programme at Abaco Central High School. The hope is to get more students from the various high schools in Abaco involved.