Past Instructors … Where are they Now? – Ms. Viola James, Lecturer at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
I am humbled yet honoured to be recognized by the Alumni Association of the Tertiary Educational Institutions on the Morne with sincere gratitude.
The transition from Victoria Hospital School of Nursing to the Department of Nursing Education at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College was a milestone in the history of nursing, and more so Nursing Education. I feel honoured to have been a part of that transition, and the change from a Certificate to an Associate Degree Programme. Following this, I contributed to the initiation of the first Regional Examination for Nurse Registration (RENR) in 1993. I was the Local Coordinator for that exercise in St. Lucia.
I attained my nursing education at Victoria Hospital School of Nursing at a Certificate level, and this set the foundation for me to become a Registered Professional Nurse. In 1982 I successfully completed a Certificate in Nursing Education at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Later I graduated from that institution with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSc. N). Later I achieved a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSc. N) at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
Although I taught various courses in the nursing curriculum at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), the main courses that I taught were: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Health Promotion Across the Lifecycle and Clinical Teaching and Supervision.
After 12 years of teaching at SALCC, I moved to the USA where I was engaged in various aspects of nursing, but mainly Hemodialysis Care. Most recently I was involved in developing a BSc. Curriculum for Spartan University in St. Lucia and served on the Curriculum Committee for developing the BSc.N programme at SALCC. My services were rendered as member and secretary to the General Nursing Council of Saint Lucia.
At present, I am enjoying flower arranging, cake decorating and farming of flowers and other ornamental plants.