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West Indian med. j ; 49(suppl.4): 23, Nov. 9, 2000.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-375


OBJECTIVE: To explore the perception of Jamaican nurses regarding their work experiences with nurses from Cuba, Nigeria and Ghana. METHOD: A 24-item pretested self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 30 Registered Nurses working with foreign nurses on five selected wards at Kingston Public Hospital. Twenty-three nurses (77 percent) completed the questionnaire. Data were analysed using SPSS Version 6.13. RESULTS: In terms of clinical performance, ability to communicate with patients and staff and pleasant work attitude, the nurse rated those from Ghana highest, followed by Nigerians and Cubans (p<0.001). The majority (91 percent) of the respondents were concerned about the cost of recruiting foreign nurses, some of whom they perceived to be lazy and incompetent. They felt that Jamaican nurses should be treated better by improving salaries and benefits. Sixty-one per cent suggested that the benefits to foreign nurses surpassed their own. CONCLUSION: Nurses from Ghana were the most popular with Jamaican nurses. The cost of improving salaries and benefits to retain Jamaican nurses should be weighed against the cost of recruiting foreign nurses to work in Jamaica.(Au)

Humanos , Estudo Comparativo , Enfermeiras e Enfermeiros , Pessoal Profissional Estrangeiro , Percepção , Salários e Benefícios/economia , Jamaica , Cuba , Gana , Nigéria
Trop Anim Health Prod ; 30(6): 331-9, Dec. 1998.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-1412


Lack of adequate financing was a major reason for the privatization of veterinary services in Jamaica in 1992. The belief was that, with privatization, funding of animal health services delivery would improve, since staff numbers and clinical activities undertaken by the Veterinary Division were reduced. However, analyses of data revealed that, in most cases, privatization neither improved nor stemmed the declines, that had started before privatization, in the measures or indicators used. It was concluded that privatization of veterinary services did not result in any appreciable improvement in the financing of the delivery of public-sector animal health services in Jamaica in the short term (Au)

21003 , Animais Domésticos , Privatização/economia , Setor Público/economia , Medicina Veterinária/economia , Orçamentos/estatística & dados numéricos , Jamaica , Análise dos Mínimos Quadrados , Salários e Benefícios/economia , Privatização/normas , Gastos em Saúde/normas
Kingston; s.n; 1996. x,55 p. tab.
Tese em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-2925


The populations of the world are aging especially those of developing countries like the Caribbean and specifically Jamaica where life expectancy at birth is 74 years. This study looked at retired public sector registered nurses and compared the findings with those of a similar study done concurrently on retired dock workers in Jamaica [Cumbertbatch, E. 1996]. The studies examined the coping strategies and assessed the two groups paying special attention to their health and social status. The data gleaned from the studies showed that the majority of retired nurses found were in the age group 60-64 years, only 5 percent of those over 75 years were found instead of the expected 39 percent. Sixty three percent lived in rural areas and thirty-seven percent lived in Kingston and St. Andrew, while most of the dock workers lived in Kingston and St. Andrew. The majority owned a house. The perceived health status of the groups was good and they are all mentally and physically self-supporting. The three main diseases affecting them, were hypertension, arthritis and diabetes. However, the incidence of these diseases among the groups was slightly lower than the national figures with the exception of arthritis which was more common among dock workers (30 percent) and was higher than in the nurses (25 percent) and the national population of elderly (40 percent). The majority of them said they had no difficulty acessing health care and more than 50 percent got most of their health care from private practitioners, while an average of twenty percent said that they were unable to finance their health care. More than 70 percent of both groups said that their pensions were inadequate to meet financial needs. They therefore depend on other sources of income such as : present employment, investment and support from family. Hence 70 percent of the nurses and 5 percent of the dock-workers were presently employed. The main coping strategies employed were close links with family and friends and active involvement in church and community groups. The nurses expressed a high level of satisfaction about themselves and life, more so than dock workers. These findings raise questions such as "how will the retired nurses and dock-workers of the future cope with retirement?" It is therefore necessary for their employers and professional associations to develop and implement retirement plans for them with urgency. (AU)

Humanos , Adulto , Idoso , Feminino , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Aposentadoria , Enfermeiras e Enfermeiros , Categorias de Trabalhadores , Adaptação Psicológica , Nível de Saúde , Acontecimentos que Mudam a Vida , Salários e Benefícios , Jamaica/epidemiologia
Kingston; s.n; 1996. vi,43 p. tab.
Tese em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-2953


Populations across the world are ageing in terms of life after age 60 and the section of the population referred to as the elderly is growing at a rapid rate. This study seeks to examine the strategies adopted for coping with the phenomena of retirement among a sample of retired dockworkers and retired nurses; and to compare the findings of the two groups. The population comprised of 62 dockworkers between the ages 65 years to over 75 years from urban and rural areas. Overall they were relatively healthy. The chronic diseases suffered in this population was arthritis, hypertension and diabetes as the leading three. The study substantiated the view that pensioners were the ones who felt the pressures of inflation because they were not productive employees and that the money needed to purchase necessary foods was never enough since they needed to purchase at the same prices as the rest of the population; hence the importance for persons to begin preparing for retirement long ahead of the scheduled time. It is therefore necessary for employers to take the initiative and introduce seminars which will inform their employees as to retirement plans that will enable them to invest wisely during their working life and so earn from those investments during retirement. This study is part of a comparative study done simultaneously with one done among retired nurses by fellow Masters in Public Health student Marjorie Ming. (AU)

Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Idoso , Aposentadoria , Enfermeiras e Enfermeiros , Adaptação Psicológica , Categorias de Trabalhadores , Nível de Saúde , Acontecimentos que Mudam a Vida , Salários e Benefícios , Jamaica
Kingston; ; 1990. 51 p. tab.
Tese em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-13771


The migration of nurses from one developing country to another, and from developing countries to developed ones is of great international concern. This migration creates manpower and health coverage hardships for the countries from which the nurses are migrating, Jamaica being one such country. Although Jamaica apparently trains the "required quantum" of nurses to adequately staff the health care system, there is a constant shortage of nurse manpower in the health services. This study was undertaken to identify the factors that contributed to the migration of Jamaican nurses, and that the information gathered would be used to explore the causes of nurse migration, and which would be helpful to planners who could use this information in developing career structures that could have a positive influence in reducing migration. Two hospitals in New York, the Metropolitan Hospital Center and the Bronx Lebanon Hospital were identified for conducting the study as the nurses there were considered to be representative of Jamaican nurses who migrated. It is widely known within the nursing fraternity that screening officers from these hospitals visit the island several times per year, in order to carry out regular recruitment drives for purposes of permanent employment/residence. At each of these hospitals, a list of Jamaican nurses employed was obtained, and the nurses were asked to complete a structured questionnaire. It was hoped that the information gathered would not only be useful in helping to explore the causes of nurse migration, but would have a positive influence in reducing it. The results showed that the main factor that contributed to the migration of these nurses was low salary. Among the recommendations made were that nurses be paid a salary comparable with other professions, also to which commensurate with post basic education (Marshall-Burnett) (AU)

Humanos , Adulto , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Feminino , Migração Humana , Enfermeiras e Enfermeiros , Jamaica , Condições de Trabalho , Salários e Benefícios
Carib Med J ; 14(3-4): 65-6, 1952.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-3346
Carib med J ; 11(1): 4, 1949.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-3940