Nurses still awaiting exam results

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 15:45

Un­paid fees to the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC) are to blame for nurs­ing stu­dents not re­ceiv­ing their re­sults for an im­por­tant ex­am they sat in Oc­to­ber.

The Re­gion­al Ex­am­i­na­tion for Nurs­ing Reg­is­tra­tion is ad­min­is­tered by CXC to schools with nurs­ing pro­grams through­out the Caribbean. This ex­am de­ter­mines who qual­i­fies to be a reg­is­tered nurse.


But while stu­dents in oth­er Caribbean is­lands got their re­sults—as sched­uled—in mid-No­vem­ber, stu­dents in Trinidad and To­ba­go are still wait­ing.

The head of the Trinidad and To­ba­go Reg­is­tered Nurs­es As­so­ci­a­tion (TTR­NA) Idi Stu­art told us, it's all down to the Nurs­ing Coun­cil not pay­ing the rel­e­vant fees to CXC.

“So each nurs­ing coun­cil in each re­gion would pay CXC for that work they do, and the in­for­ma­tion com­ing to us is that the Nurs­ing Coun­cil of Trinidad and To­ba­go has not for­ward­ed that mon­ey to CXC,” he told us. “This year there were two hic­cups. This cur­rent sit­u­a­tion with the Oc­to­ber ex­am fees not be­ing paid, and al­so ear­li­er in the year, there was a de­lay for the April ex­am re­sults, again be­cause the Nurs­ing Coun­cil failed to pay CXC on time.”

The Pres­i­dent of the Nurs­ing Coun­cil of Trinidad and To­ba­go is David Mur­phy. At­tempts were made to reach out to him but calls to his cell phone went unan­swered, at least this morn­ing.

Mean­while, Idi Stew­art warns the longer this drags on, the longer it will take for nurs­ing stu­dents to be li­censed, and work with their new qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Some of our col­leagues up the is­lands have al­ready start­ed work­ing,” he points out. “Every day this drags on and CXC is not paid, our nurs­es will be out of a job need­less­ly, be­cause we are in need of nurs­ing per­son­nel.”

The TTR­NA boss says once nurs­es are li­censed, they gain the abil­i­ty to prac­tise their pro­fes­sion not on­ly here in T&T and in the re­gion, but any­where in the world, since there is a glob­al short­age of nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Reporter: Akash Samaroo