GPHC launches Emergency Nursing Specialty Program
An evident gap between doctors and nurses in the delivery of Emergency Care at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) was the driving force behind the introduction of an inaugural Emergency Nursing Specialty Program.
The program, which was in the making for the past three years, was spearheaded by GPHC’s Head of Emergency, Dr. Zulfikar Bux, who secured support from the Vanderbilt Medical Centre in the United States. Dr. Bux himself, among others, was a beneficiary of Specialist Emergency training from the Vanderbilt Medical Centre. With doctors so trained, it became glaring that there was a need for nurses to also be similarly trained in order for emergency care to be improved. According to Dr. Bux, “Our nurses were not up to standard, but for me as Head of Department it was my mandate to ensure that we brought you to a level that is expected, so that we can deliver together effective and emergency care,” related Dr. Bux. According to Bux, “From day one, my challenge was to figure out a way to get this happening…” especially since there was not much local support forthcoming. But according to the Head of Emergency he was driven by his desire to make what seem impossible possible. However with the support from Vanderbilt a specialist emergency program for nurses has now been realized with doctors and nurses being able to work together to resuscitate patients and do so very swiftly. Dr. Bux, in detailing the journey to where the program is today, expressed satisfaction about the accomplishment during which he disclosed that Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Emanuel Cummings, helped with the formulation of a strong curriculum that was accepted and eventually approved by the University of Guyana. “It was a very important step in getting to the right place…I personally went through a residency and I know what are the benefits of residency… “I am not trying to beat down the system in anyway but by going and get a degree from the University of Guyana or any University, it takes you to a level but does not give you that completeness to become a well rounded professional,” related Dr. Bux. According to Paramedic/ Emergency Nurse of the Vanderbilt Medical Centre, Dr. Jessica Van Meter, who helped with the realization of the program, there is still much hard work to do over the next two years.