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Established in the year 1950, The Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago caters to the need of nurses.

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Who are We?

The Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago is the recognized Body incorporated by law for the regulation of the nursing and midwifery professions and the protection of the public. It is mandated to assure excellence in nursing education, administration and practice.

The Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago (NCTT) was established in June 1950 by the Nurses and Midwives Registration Ordinance (since repealed) and continues under the Nursing Personnel Act Chapter 29:53. This Act provides for “the Registration of Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Midwives and Nursing Assistants, and for other matters connected therewith.”

David Murphy
President
Board member
Sarah Celestine Balfour
Vice President
Board member
Phyllis Woolford
Treasure
Board member
Carsha Peter

Board member
Suzette Yhip

Board member
Maryam Abdool Richards

Board member
Betty Ann Pilgrim

Board member
Alicia Jeremiah McKenzie
Foreign Affairs Clerk III
Marella Mottley-Thomas
Accounts Receivable Clerk III
Melissa Brown
Office Assistant
Genna Benjamin
Accounts Technician
Jennifer Wears
Registrar
Wesley Thorne
Security Guard
Wayneisha Wilson
Midwifery Clerk/Typist I
Jacqueline Davis
Admin

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Nursing Council to safeguard the public interest by regulating the professions of nursing and midwifery through its legal responsibilities for registration and enrolment and disciplining of nursing and midwifery personnel trained locally and abroad:  establishing and monitoring standards of nursing and midwifery education and maintaining the integrity of the professions.

OUR VISION

To strengthen its position as a performance-driven, customer-centric organization which is sensitive to the needs of its stake-holders, ensuring professional standards and promoting best practices and excellence in nursing within the given context of environmental dynamics and change.

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:

 

1.  EDUCATION

 

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.
 

REGISTRATION/ENROLMENT

 
  • 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.

 

3.    DISCIPLINE

 

    Exercises disciplinary control by way of imposition of fines, suspension or cancellation     of registration/enrolment, upon documentary proof to the satisfaction of Council of:-

 
  1. Professional dishonesty;

  2. Negligence or incompetence in the performance of duty;

  3. A habit or illness rendering the individual unfit to practise;

  4. Conduct that does not conform to the generally recognized standard of the     profession, or that is unbecoming of a nurse/midwife/nursing assistant;

  5. Wilful refusal to obey a lawful order given in the course of his professional duty;     or

  6. Fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining registration/enrolment for himself or     some other person…

 
  1.  EXAMINATIONS
 

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.

Responsibilities of the T&T Nursing Council

TO the Public of Trinidad and Tobago:

1. To provide for the Registration of Nurses, Midwives and Nursing Assistants, and for other matters connected therewith thus ensuring the safety of the public in receiving quality nursing care. 
 

Responsibilities of the T&T Nursing Council cont’d

1. To provide a regulatory framework that guides the practice of nursing.
2. To provide, certify and verify competent nursing professionals
3. To establish standards for professional conduct
4. To approve curriculum and institutions for training nurses, midwives and nursing assistants
5. To police the profession of nursing
6. To safeguard the public
 

Changes to the composition of the Council

Six persons appointed by the minister as follows:

i. An attorney at law
ii. A person with qualification and experience in nursing administration
iii. A person with qualification and experience as a nursing educator
iv. A person registered under the Act nominated by the Tobago House of Assembly
v. A representative of the minister with responsibility for health
vi. A member of the public who is not an advanced practice nurse, midwife, nurse or nursing assistant
 

Nine persons elected as follows:

1. Five persons elected from among their own number by persons who are registered as nurses under the Act
2. One person elected from among their own number by persons who are registered as midwives under the Act
3. Two persons elected from among their own number by persons who are registered as mental health nurses under the Act
4. One person elected from among their own number by persons who are enrolled as nursing assistants under the Act.
 

Changes to the Nurses and midwifery Act of the Council

FOR THE FIRST TIME

1. The advanced nurse practitioner
2. Men having the opportunity to become midwives (I have waited three decades to see that it is finally happening)
3. Penalties commensurate with infractions and in keeping with 21st century realities and best practice
4. A composition of a Nursing Council that reflects nursing
5. The Enrolled Nursing Assistant having a voice on the Nursing Council
6. The representative gap between the RN and the RMN closing
7. The recommended changes to the Act to allow for a Registrar, not only a Secretary
8. The Nursing Council working collaboratively with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT)
 

What the nursing Council is not

1. The Trinidad and Tobago Registered nurses Association
2. It is not a trade union movement
3. It cannot negotiate salaries and working conditions
4. It is not an old ladies club
5. It is not the enemy of nurses and nursing

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