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Student Nurses in Pain

JULIEN NEA VES Sunda y, August 13 2017
FOR University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) nursing student and single mother Adeola Ogunsheye it has been a rough couple of years.She had left her job to study nursing because it is a full time programme. Her fiancé died when she was in the third year of her studies and he had been helping to financially support her. Ogunsheye was put under further strain when she and more than 500 other nursing students stopped receiving their monthly stipend since June last year.

On August 4, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) Idi Stuart highlighted the students’ plight during a multi-trade union protest in Port of Spain. He said the nursing students were not being paid their $800 monthly stipend and he gave the Government a deadline of month-end to pay the outstanding monies.

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Marlene Augustine - Monda y, August 7 2017
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nursing Association (TTRNA) Idi Stewart said they are giving the Government until August monthend to pay all stipends owed to nursing students.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Stewart said the government was currently cutting back in a number of areas related to nursing which is having a negative impact on the health sector.

Stewart said University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) nursing students have not been paid their stipends since July 2016, and they are giving the government a deadline to address the issue.

“Their stipend is $800 per month and they are refusing to pay this amount to the students. 

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Marlene Augustine Friday, July 21 2017

NURSING Association president Idi Stuart is calling for a meeting with Government to discuss the proposal of moving staff to the Children’s Hospital in Couva.

Stuart was responding to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s statement after meeting with Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Tuesday.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Stuart said neither the Ministry of Health nor the Government contacted them or asked their opinion on how it is going to be treated with.

He said the Port-of- Spain General Hospital crisis has been an issue they have been brining up with hospital officials concerning the central block for years.

“If you walk on the floor, you can actually see cement breaking away from the columns of the hospital,” Stuart said.

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Marlene Augustine Friday, April 7 2017

WHILE nurses in Trinidad were happy to receive their back pay earlier this week, nurses in Tobago have not been paid.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nursing Association Idi Stewart told Newsday yesterday the non-payment of back pay to Tobago nurses was the same problem they had last year when the first 50 percent was disbursed. “Trinidad nurses got it, but it took Tobago nurses three to four months before they got their own,” Stewart said.

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PRESIDENT of the TT Nursing Association Idi Stuart says the ambulances under the regional health authorities
(RHAs) are not properly equipped for transporting patients and nurses/ attendants. He said only the EHS
ambulances followed proper protocol for safety.

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