VACANCY: Post of Chief Nursing Officer

Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and Public Service

Department of Health and Wellness (Public Health Care Services)

  • Responsible for the development of health policy, strategic plans and programmes geared towards guiding nursing practice;
  • Holds the lead role in assessing, improving and researching standards of Nursing Practice and care;
  • Required to respond whenever necessary to the Chief Medical Officer on matters related to work in progress.
Primary Duties
  1. Creates a vision and philosophy to guide nursing practice and ensures implementation of strategic and operational plans for the General Nursing Service;
  2. Prepares strategic and operational plans and establishes criteria outcomes for the General Nursing Service;
  3. Leads initiatives to establish and implement criteria for assessing, improving and researching Standards of Nursing Practice;
  4. Exercises leadership over the practice of nursing in Saint Lucia through continued monitoring and assessments;
  5. Monitors and evaluates the implementation of nursing plans and programmes for
    effectiveness of nursing practice and quality of care, in accordance with established guidelines;
  6. Directs strategies to promote the recruitment, retention and recognition of excellence in nursing;
  7. Serves as ex-officio member of the General Nursing Council of Saint Lucia;
  8. Monitors and evaluates the quality of nursing care at various institutions and makes recommendations wherever necessary;
  9. Ensures that existing laws; as well as, new legislation relating to nursing are adhered to for improved and efficient health care services;
  10. Participates in the revision of curricula for nursing education institutions through the collection and analysis of relevant data on the outputs of nursing education programmes;
  11. Provides support to regulatory bodies in the development of a Code of Conduct, operating and
    practice procedures for nurses and auxiliary staff providing direct patient care;
  12. Receives and interprets data on health services and human resources in health care, including medical, nursing, auxiliary staff, and other sources relevant to nursing, in order to inform policy development and decision-making.
Secondary Duties
  1. Collaborates with other members of the health team in order to facilitate an interdisciplinary team approach to the delivery of health care;
  2. Arranges for all nurses to be informed of any changes and development in policies and to gain their co-operation in the achievement of set objectives;
  3. Coordinates initiatives to inform educational institutions on the training needs of the nursing sector;
  4. Maintains an updated register of all nurses in Saint Lucia and the organizations/sector to which they are attached;
  5. Ensures that a database of all nurses migrating to other countries is kept up to date, and incorporated into human resource planning initiatives;
  6. Liaises with regional and international organizations on matters relating to nursing, including World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, Regional Nursing Body, International Nursing Association and the Caribbean Nursing Organization, and with the Chief Nursing Officers of other countries, in order to advise the Ministry of matters requiring attention;
  7. Performs such other job-related duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Permanent Secretary or Chief Medical Officer.
  • Accommodation provided within a general administrative office;
  • Institutional support is provided through appropriate Civil Service Regulations, Statutory Instruments and Departmental Guidelines;
  • The officer must avail himself/herself for personal development and career advancement through established orientation and in-service training;
  • Required to maintain confidentiality and integrity;
  • Functions in a commuted travelling post and will receive basic travelling and mileage allowance in accordance with approved rates;
  • Required to maintain a motor vehicle for the proper performance of duties;
  • Performance will be evaluated twice yearly in keeping with Public Service Regulations;
  • Salary is in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated by the Government of Saint Lucia in the Estimates of Expenditure;
  • Vacation Leave will be provided in accordance with Public Service Rules and Regulations;
  • This post is non-pensionable and the holder will be required to contribute to National Insurance Corporation for future benefits.
Work performance will be evaluated on the basis of:
  • Compliance with appropriate legislation, Departmental Guidelines and Standard
    Operating Procedures;
  • Proven knowledge, understanding of and the effective application of Civil Service Rules and Regulations;
  • Proven ability to liaise with regional and international organizations and Chief Nursing Officers of other countries on matters related to nursing in order to advise the Ministry of matters requiring attention;
  • Effective and efficient completion of duties, responsibilities, and assignments as defined in the job description;
  • Timely completion of assignments;
  • Report quality as indicated by their clarity and accuracy;
  • Proven time management skills and punctuality at work.
  1. An in-depth knowledge of Managerial Principles and Practices, Clinical Assessment Procedures and Practices, Research Methodologies, Quality Improvement Methodologies, Health Reform, Human Resource Management;
  2. Must possess advanced computer and presentation skill(s);
  3. Demonstrated ability to lead;
  4. Must possess intermediate to advanced teaching and assessment skills;
  5. Must possess effective written and oral communication skills;
  6. A working knowledge of and the ability to interpret appropriate legislation (e.g. Registration of Nursing and Midwives Act, Health Services Act, Health Practitioners Act etc. ), Civil Service Rules and Regulations and Operating Procedures;
  7. Must be able to create a nursing environment that fosters collaboration;
  8. Ensure that Nursing Standards are upheld;
  9. Cultivate relationships across functions and departments.

Master of Science Degree in Nursing, Nursing Administration or other related area, with at least five (5) years’ experience in a post at grade 15 or above PLUS must possess a Registered Nursing Licence with current registration with the General Nursing Council of Saint Lucia.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Nursing Administration, or other clinically related area PLUS Post Graduate Diploma in Management, and/or Administration Public Health, with at least six (6) years’ experience in a post at Grade 16 or above.

NB. Experience in a variety of clinical settings within or outside Saint Lucia will be considered an asset.

Salary is at the rate of $77, 605.56 per annum (Grade 18, Step 1)

Applications should be made on the prescribed Government application forms along with certified copies of documents pertaining to qualifications, plus two (2) recent references and one (1) passport sized photograph.

The same should be addressed to:

The Secretary
Public Service Commission
Sir Stanislaus James Building
The Waterfront
Castries, St. Lucia

To reach no later than March 31, 2017.

Unsuitable candidates will not be acknowledged.

Please be advised that candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and experience may not be considered for an interview; only the candidates with the best qualifications and experience will be short-listed for interviews.