Fast-track assistant nurses recruitment gets positive response
THE Department of Nursing Services is collaborating with the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK) in an effort to recruit more school-leavers as assistant nurses, said a nursing officer yesterday.
Speaking to The Brunei Times during the Brunei Job Fair 2015, Noraliah Abdullah (of the Department of Nursing Services) said that this was the first time that the department was working with APTK.
Initially, trainees were usually accepted into the Ministry of Health’s Nursing Training and Development Centre (NTDC) to pursue certificates in Assistant Nursing to become assistant nurses or midwives through the Public Service Commission (SPA), she said.
However, Noraliah mentioned that posts as assistant nurse trainees that were currently offered through SPA were rather limited.
“We want to increase our intake (of assistant nurse trainees) which is why we are working with APTK. We want to see how we can go about getting more school-leavers to join us, to create more entry.
“Most of them were not able to go through SPA, perhaps because of the tests and interviews they have to go through. Some have been excluded from that, and we hope to catch them through APTK,” she explained.
Nurses and assistant nurses are always needed, as people will always need healthcare, hospitals are always there and people will need to replace retiring staff, she pointed out.
Noraliah further said that the nursing services department’s main objective was not only to accommodate assistant nurses into the Ministry of Health (MoH), as they also hoped for all nationwide private clinics to consist of qualified assistant nurses in the future, as well.
“After joining via the APTK and undergoing training, assistant nurse trainees will not be automatically taken into MoH (unlike when they join via the SPA).
“When they have done two years’ training and have received their certificates in assistant nursing, they will be able to apply for vacant posts, even if the posts are at a private clinic or hospital,” she explained.
Of course, once they become qualified as assistant nurses, they would have to be registered with the Nursing Board for Brunei before they would be allowed to practice, she added.
When asked, Noraliah said they were looking to recruit around 30 to 40 assistant nurse trainees into the NTDC through APTK (which is similar to the number of trainees recruited through SPA), citing a limitation in available facilities at the moment as a reason.
Despite this, interest in the NTDC’s assistant nurse training programmes remains high among school-leavers as well as those who were already in the workforce.
Noraliah said that they have already received more than 150 applications since the start of the Job Fair, with 94 applications received on the first day alone.
“It is quite a popular choice for those who might not have done so well in their O levels. With motivation and more experience and training, qualified assistant nurses can progress into higher levels of nursing and become staff nurses and even nurse practitioners,” she explained.
Entry requirements into the assistant nurse training programmes consist typically of two or three credits, and two passes in the O level examinations, with at least one subject in the science field included.
The Brunei Times