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Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Manager, Nursing Services at the
North-Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA).
MANAGER, NURSING SERVICES
The Manager, Nursing Services is responsible for the administration of an integrated program of nursing services
in a large hospital within a quality framework so as to ensure the highest level of client satisfaction.
Develops an operational plan for nursing.
Conducts needs assessment for training and material resources.
Influences the Staff Development Unit to coordinate programmes to update skills and competencies of staff.
Participates in planned orientations for new employees on entry to the hospital.
Reviews work schedules/rosters weekly and ensures proper senior coverage of the hospitals during evening/
night shifts and public holidays/weekends.
Conducts daily meetings with Nurse Managers.
Prepares monthly newsletters to the Nursing Manager regarding nursing actions.
Conducts quality meetings with senior nurses to address questions and updates with information.
Receives and collates monthly reports from the Nurse Managers on ward issues.
Prepares and submits monthly, quarterly and yearly reports to the organisational relationships.
Develops and presents annual budgets for the overall Nursing span of control.
Attends and participates in planned meetings on critical issues with the other line mangers and the Executive
Counsels, coaches, mentors and disciplines staff.
Participates in the selection of personnel for nursing training.
Attends continuing education programmes and engages nursing personnel in professional growth and development.
Maintains registration with the Nursing Council and maintains a record of same for all nursing employees annually.
Evaluates the performance of all Nurse Managers and ensures that the same is done for all other nursing employees.
Facilitates all nursing students from training institution to achieve their learning objectives while in a clinical setting.
Assists nursing with their chosen career path.
Coordinates nursing services to meet national needs and internal expansion of services.
Reads policy drafts and papers and makes comments.
Maintains a yearly vacation plan of each service unit.
Investigates and manages complaints.
Visits warded patients to assess client satisfaction and quality of patient care by nursing staff.
Performs other related duties as directed by the appropriate organisational relationship.
Minimum Requirements and Experience:
Bachelor Degree in Management or Public Administration.
Any post-basic training will be an asset.
Minimum of five (5) years experience in a supervisory position in the nursing environment.
Current licensure with the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.
Certificates acquired at foreign universities MUST be supported by certified transcripts as well as evidence that
the completed programme is accredited in Trinidad and Tobago.
Applications must be submitted along with Curriculum Vitae by December 31, 2014 to:
Office of the Chief Executive Officer
North-Central Regional Health Authority
Building # 39, Third Floor
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
UNSUITABLE/LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados---With a
food import bill of more than US$4
billion annually, tapping into the
potential of cassava can lead to for-
eign exchange savings, improved
food security and revitalisation of
farming in the Caribbean.
This is the aim of a collaboration
between the Caribbean Development
Bank (CDB) and the Food and Agri-
culture Organisation of the United
Nations (FAO) which will conduct
essential groundwork to exploring
the potential of this versatile crop.
The Board of Directors of the CDB
on Thursday approved a grant of
US$1.2 million to fund the investi-
gation of evidence-based data on
the viability of developing a cassava
industry. The project, which will be
executed by FAO and has an estimated
cost of US$1.795 million, will be con-
ducted in Dominica, Suriname and
The project will include the iden-
tification, validation, and demonstra-
tion of improved cassava varieties and
This is toward the goal of deter-
mining the capacity of stakeholders
in the Caribbean to increase the pro-
ductivity, and reduce the cost of pro-
duction of cassava on a sustainable
A market assessment will also be
conducted to determine the price elas-
ticity of demand for cassava derived
products such as composite bread,
high quality cassava flour and cassava
"The cassava value chain, producing
flour, feed, beer and other products,
has been identified by the Ministers
of Agriculture and the agricultural
lead agencies of the Caribbean as one
of the future pillars of the economy
across the region, contributing to both
agricultural revitalisation and the food
import bill," said Deep Ford, FAO co-
ordinator and Caribbean Sub-region
representative to Barbados and OECS.
A major impediment to the expan-
sion of the cassava industry in the
Caribbean is the relatively high cost
of production as compared to import-
ed wheaten flour and corn.
However, preliminary analysis by
the Caribbean Agricultural Research
and Development Institute (Cardi) and
the FAO research, as well as global
trends and experience suggest that
cassava productivity in the Caribbean
could be price-competitive in the pro-
duction of composite breads and a
variety of related products.
"Cassava has been grown in a num-
ber of Caribbean countries for cen-
turies but has remained a subsistence
crop. We are pleased to support fur-
ther investigation into its viability as
this could be a gateway to improved
food security, employment and devel-
opment of export and manufacturing
sectors," said Nigel Romano, acting
vice president Operations of the CDB.
Over the past decade there have
been several private and public sector
led initiatives in the manufacturing
of cassava derived products in the
These include; cassava flour (as a
stand-alone gluten free product and
in the manufacture of composite
breads), cassava chips, frozen cassava,
cassareep and farine.
In T&T, sliced bread made from
cassava has been on supermarket
shelves over the past few years.
FAO is currently working with bak-
ers in Barbados to substitute a per-
centage of wheaten flour with cassava
mash and cassava flour.
A brewery in Jamaica recently
announced plans to invest US$10 mil-
lion over the next five years to establish
a cassava value chain as part of ongo-
ing efforts to utilise cassava as an
input in the manufacture of beer.
Cassava can also be used for the
production of a range of other prod-
ucts including animal feed; sweeteners,
glues, plywood, textiles, paper, bio-
degradable products, monosodium
glutamate, and pharmaceuticals.
CDB grant to FAO
for cassava study
Dr Deep Ford FAO co-ordinator and Caribbean Sub-region
representative to Barbados and OECS, left, and Dr Warren Smith,
president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) hold bread
made from cassava flour.
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