The international day for nurses in 2013 was celebrated around the topic of “ Closing the gap, the millennium development goals: 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1”. The ICN wants to keep this slogan as a countdown to 2015, with an emphasis on the health-related goals. Because nurses represent the largest part of the health profession, their contribution is very important to reach these goals in the world. In Haiti, nurses and auxiliary represent more than 70% of health professionals (Population(MSPP), 2011). Anywhere in the country you can find a nurse or an auxiliary who take care of patients. But nursing includes advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy, and in patient and health systems management (ICN). How a nurse can reach these if their basic grade doesn’t allow them to access a university in order to attend a second grade training to have her master, etc.? The leaders of MSPP in Haiti understood this situation and were engaged to change it.
For a long time, the training of nurses in all national schools involved the completion of a three year didactic learning model (Bacc +3). At the end of this period, the graduate nurse would complete her social service for one year and take part in a national exam for nurses. The completion certificate of the social service and her success on national exam allow the nurses to receive her nursing license. This situation didn’t allow the young licensed nurses to pursue a four year bachelor degree in science (nursing). In many universities to have access on a master program you should to have Bacc + 4. This situation constitutes a big handicap for the nurses in the fulfillment of their mission. Many accomplishments in the work’s field of nurses as research require a strong academic as well as technical background. Where the nurses can’t allow their study to get grades (bachelor, master, PhD) in the nursing science this is a big problem. And it was the situation of nurses from National School of Nurses in Haiti. The foundation for this precedent was based on law of 1944; the National Schools of Nurses was affiliated with the State University of Haiti (Sérand, 2014). These situations were uncomfortable for nurses who have the big vision and couldn’t contribute on the country development.
Hopefully the Ministry of Health via her direction of nursing, and many people who were interested by training of nurses in the national schools, understood this situation and did the right action: Reviewed training curricula for nurses in the national schools. That’s exactly what many nurses who studied in theses schools dreamt. January 7, a memorial day at Le plaza hotel of Port-au-Prince, the leaders of the ministry of health presented this new curriculum for training of nurses. This new curriculum is the realization of a common dream. This is a new bend in the road for training for nurses in Haiti. Establishing a bachelor’s degree four year program in nursing is an essential component in elevating the collective standard of professional practice. It confers to nursing student a grade of license on nursing science. From now, the training of nurses is a component of the State of University in Haiti. In this way the nurses can allow their study and get grades on nursing sciences. The nursing community in Haiti needed it. Thus, in the future astute Haitian academic nurse leaders will be able to train the nurse students and the nurses could have strong background to fulfill their mission for the well being of the patients, the whole population and the development of nursing profession.