The Government, through the Public Health Ministry, will be drafting a policy for nurses to access scholarships to further their studies. This was revealed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during the observance of International Nurses Week.Minister Volda Lawrence posing with three nurses of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)The minister indicated that the Nurses and Midwives Act, crafted in 1957, must be amended to allow for the creation of new policies catering to improved service provision by nurses.“We are working on a scholarship for nurses. Therefore, we want to design a policy that will go in tandem with the bill. (We are thinking of a policy) that allows you to specialise. We are operating in a very old system; therefore, we have to work with the Ministry of Public Service to ensure that we cater for studies (for) both our doctors and our nurses,” the minister said.Lawrence noted that enabling nurses to function in specialised capacities speaks to the Government’s commitment to create upward mobility within the nursing profession.“As a result of policy decisions that we make, and with you (nurses) as the executors, the general public now makes certain demands of you in your execution. They look upon you, as nurses, to take action; and they believe that the responsibility lies with you to enable them to access our health system,” Lawrence explained.Minister Lawrence also pledged to introduce a new and improved nursing service.Countries all across the world join in celebrating International Nurses Week, May 6-12, under the theme, “Nurses, A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right” as chosen by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). In Guyana, the week will be observed in all ten administrative regions, as senior nurses who have contributed significantly to the profession will be recognised.
Open house will feature information on water conservation, refreshments, a bounce house and balloons for the kids, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Castaic Lake Water Agency located above Central Park at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Special Olympics 5th annual Spirit Games will feature more than 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in five sports, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at venues across Santa Clarita. Opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. at Hart High School in Newhall. Call (661) 253-2121. Hispanic Business Expo will feature business booths, food vendors and live entertainment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call Celia Gallardo at (661) 816-7892. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFamily Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Summer Meltdown Concert will feature Fishbone and nine other artists with diverse musical styles, 2-10:30 p.m. today at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$20. Call Bret Lieberman at (661) 298-8140, Ext. 1414, or visit www.summermeltdown2006.com. Casino Night Fundraiser & Texas Hold’em Tournament will benefit the CA-782nd Santa Clarita Valley Air Force JROTC, 6 p.m. today at Hopsports Complex, 24715 W. Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia. Tickets: $40. Call Sgt. Malcomb at (661) 294-1188, Ext. 601. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented, 7 p.m. today at the outdoor amphitheater at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5-$8. Call (661) 222-1220. Saugus Dance Team will present “Metamorphosis,” 7 p.m. today in the gymnasium at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 296-0529. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Mike Marino and Brett Walkow will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Free film screening of “Works in Progress,” 7 p.m. Sunday at Cheyenne Studios, 27567 Fantastic Lane, Castaic. Visit www.scvfilmfestival.com. Zonta Golf Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Robinson Ranch, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Wendee’s Music will get kids to sing and dance, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. Spring band concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring band concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring band concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 250-0022. Spring Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Wednesday (show only) and 6 p.m. Thursday in Tanner Hall at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7 Wednesday and $15 Thursday. Call (661) 259-1551. Spring choral concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at Hart High School’s auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Nothing But the Truth” will be presented, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Theatre Q at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring choral Concert will feature the mixed choir, women’s chamber, show choir and soloists, 6 p.m. Thursday in the small gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 298-8140. Spring concert will feature the choir and band, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. Showcase of Talent will feature vocalists and a one-act musical directed by students, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 294-1188. Spring Home & Garden Show will feature more than 120 exhibitors, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21 at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. Some Like It Hot dance to the music of Jimmy Raschel & Longshot, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Danny Villalpando and Andrew Norelli will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12; or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. 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