Nursing delegation explores cooperation in Washington, Maryland

PARAMARIBO, MARYLAND–A delegation of nursing professionals is visiting Washington, D.C. and the state of Maryland this week to explore cooperation activities and look at the interest in nursing education and bilateral exchange that Suriname can initiate. The delegation will begin to identify specific and tangible ways in which collaboration activities can begin to mutually benefit nursing programs in Suriname and the U.S.

Nursing leadership is important and the role of nurses in shaping the changing health care profile in the Caricom and the world cannot be ignored.

The challenges of inadequate funding, health human resource shortages and the increasing need for services all prompt an effective approach to the role of nursing in healthcare settings. Opportunities for collaboration between Suriname and U.S. nursing programs will serve to strengthen the role of nurses working to enhance capacity, responsiveness, and effectiveness enhance the health and wellness of all individuals and communities.

Minister of Health Dr. Michel Blokland recognizes the contributions of nurses working in the public health system, and promotes best practices based on core competencies that can only be developed through effective collaborations.

The delegation will visit the University of the District of Columbia, where they will be hosted by Dr. Ludmilla Wikkeling-Scott, Suriname Representative to Maryland Governor’s Commission on Caribbean Affairs and Dr. Denis Antoine, Ambassador  & Director of International Affairs and Provost Office, University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and former senior member of Grenada’s delegation to United Nations General Assembly. The next day, the delegation will travel to Annapolis, Maryland and receive an initial introduction by the Secretary of State John P. McDonough. This will be followed by several tours and presentations to include visits to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a designated Magnet Hospital, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the
University of Maryland, the Surgical Simulation and Technology Center at the University of Maryland, the Helene Fuld School of Nursing’s State-of-the-Art Simulation Center at Copping State University, and the Maryland Board of Nursing, followed by a Roundtable on Nursing Education. The Roundtable will include representatives from the nursing program at four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), namely, Coppin State University, Bowie State University, Morgan State University and Delaware State University.

The delegation intends to bring to the Metropolitan Area’s nursing programs a diverse view of global interest and draw upon the U.S. tradition to educate international students. This is an occasion that can bring resources to Suriname’s nursing programs and hospitals, high quality nursing students and opportunities for bilateral professional development of both faculty and administration.