FUNCTIONS/DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL
The Council holds its statutory meeting every month, but works through Committees in order to conduct its business. The work of the Council is facilitated through an Administrative structure headed by a Secretary and other clerical and support staff.
The finances of the Council are solely derived from fees and the services it delivers. It is not funded by the government or any other agency. The accounts of the Council are audited annually and forwarded to the Minister of Health with the Annual Report.
It is the duty of the Council to “advise the Minister on matters pertaining to nursing care for the sick and midwifery services…”
The Council carries out the following functions:
Develops and enforces reasonable and uniform standards for midwifery and nursing education and practice by:-
- Defining minimum entry requirements
- Stating the syllabus of training
- Approve curricula
Approve places of training and affiliate places of training
- Monitor and evaluate student’s performance through reports and final examinations and in some programmes other examinations.
Register by examination, persons trained in Nursing/Midwifery Programmes in Trinidad and Tobago.
Register by endorsement, after careful scrutiny and completion of all requirements for the Register, all persons trained overseas, seeking registration as a Nurse and/or Midwife in Trinidad and Tobago.
Enrol by examination, persons who have successfully completed in approved places, the Nursing Assistant programme in Trinidad and Tobago
Enrol by endorsement, after careful scrutiny and completion of all persons trained overseas, seeking Enrolment as an Enrolled Nursing Assistant in Trinidad and Tobago.
Re-Register/Enrol by annual renewal, all Nurses, Midwives and Nursing Assistants.
A person whose name is on a Register or the Roll of the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago is eligible to practise the profession in that area(s) of registration/enrolment.
Exercises disciplinary control by way of imposition of fines, suspension or cancellation of registration/enrolment, upon documentary proof to the satisfaction of Council of:-
Negligence or incompetence in the performance of duty;
A habit or illness rendering the individual unfit to practise;
Conduct that does not conform to the generally recognized standard of the profession, or that is unbecoming of a nurse/midwife/nursing assistant;
Wilful refusal to obey a lawful order given in the course of his professional duty; or
Fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining registration/enrolment for himself or some other person…
The Council is not an employing agency for nursing and midwifery personnel. Contravention of ethical, moral or legal codes of behaviour are acted upon by the Council on receipt of adequate written information.