Nursing school bridging gap in training hinterland students

Charles Roza School of Nursing in Linden, Region Ten offering extra sessions focusing primarily on English Language, Guyanese expressions and differences in culture 

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 7, 2018

The Charles Roza School of Nursing in Linden, Region Ten, is offering hinterland students, enrolled at the institute, extra sessions to assist them to adjust to their new environment.

The nursing education institution has been training persons from hinterland communities in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine to become nurses.

Recognising the linguistic challenges faced by some students from these communities, tutors have taken the initiative to offer extra sessions focusing primarily on the English Language, Guyanese expressions and the differences in culture.

Principal Tutor of the Nursing institute in Linden, Bro. Hilary Christopher, in a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), pointed out that it was only recently that the school management realised that a support education service was needed for hinterland student since the language barrier was negatively affecting the learning process, making it difficult for the students to grasp medical concepts and other necessary information.

“Some of the students, they would have come from the hinterland and they are accustomed to their language, their dialect and they then have to come here. Some of them, the English that they learn is mostly taught by overseas Roman missionaries. So, for those students who have never travelled down to the coast before enrolling here, the coast-land English is unusual for them.”

These extra sessions, Christopher said, are done in an effort to ensure that there are no disparities in learning and that every student enrolled at Charles Roza Nursing School has an equal opportunity to study and become a qualified nursing professional.

“In the first six months when they come out we target them so that they are more adapted to our English and expressions”, he said.

The Nursing Institute, though based in Linden, caters for entrants from all parts of Region Ten where other hinterland communities may be found. Students from villages in the Berbice River are also enrolled at the Institute.

By: Delicia Haynes.

Images: Karime Peters.