FSIL Nursing School

FSIL Nursing students.

FSIL Nursing students.

Haiti

Overview

  • Total Current Students 130
  • Most Recent Graduates 14

Target Areas for Sustainable Impact

  • Enable students to acquire full time employment
  • Impact community by increasing the number of qualified medical works
  • Impact mission hospitals by increasing number of qualified staff available.

The FSIL nursing school was conceived as a part of the expanding medical outreach in Léogâne, Haiti. Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF), in partnership with PC(USA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, secured ASHA Grants and support from partner congregations to build a nursing school. Dedicated in January 2005, the nursing school program is a part of the Episcopal University of Haiti and often referred to as FSIL (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti). FSIL has a self-governing board which includes representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, MBF, PCUSA and nursing professors from throughout the U.S.

Well trained, broadly educated, quality nurses are in short supply in Haiti. With an overall need for improved training, the nursing school addresses the serious medical staff shortage not only at nearby Hôpital Ste. Croix, but throughout Haiti.

FSIL is the only baccalaureate nursing school in Haiti. This is a critical distinction and a major advancement in nursing education in Haiti. While other nursing programs exist in Haiti, those programs train nurses to perform only specific tasks. FSIL’s unique full baccalaureate curriculum is preparing Haitian nurses to think and to develop the problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to practice patient centered, competency based nursing care. The nursing program has been designed to train Haitian nurses to provide medical care in their home communities.

Students receive clinical training at nearby Hôpital Ste. Croix, where they get their first opportunities to help provide professional care for patients. Students receiving scholarship support commit to serving 2 years in Haiti following graduation and do not receive their diplomas until the service requirement is fulfilled.

Hilda Alcindor, RN is the Dean of the school, exhibiting strong leadership and genuine care for each of the students. Many of the initial students were from the surrounding area of Léogâne, but FSIL’s reputation has spread and now students come from throughout Haiti. Students speak of their desire to work hard and graduate as one of the best trained nurses in Haiti.

Although students were concerned about their own families following the 2010 earthquake, Dean Alcindor and the students sprang into action as first responders providing healthcare to fellow Haitians, using whatever supplies they had on hand to provide aid. While over 90% of the surrounding buildings in Léogâne were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, the structure of the nursing school buildings remained strong and intact.

Haiti continues to struggle economically with the recovery from the earthquake. Average income for most Haitians is $300-$600 yearly. FSIL expects each student to contribute to their own tuition, but the cost of tuition and fee is well beyond the capacity of any student’s family. There is a continued need for operating funds and scholarships for nursing students. The cost of a full scholarship is $4,00 per year, or $14,000 for the full four year program.