A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Then India Sanmaragaya Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam) and Government enabling a new Private Nursing School to be set up in the Northern Division.
The agreement allows the new institute to utilise the Diploma of Nursing Course programme arranged and regulated by the Nurses, Midwives and Nurse Practitioners Board.
This will also require Government to make available its facilities at the Labasa Hospital to enable students to carry out primary clinical training.
Director of Nursing, Rigieta Nadakuitavuki said this initiative will ease the pressure on the State.
"The training of nurses in Fiji has always been the sole responsibility of the State since the 1800ís except during the period when the Methodist Church in Fiji ran its own Nursing School and Hospital in Ba until 1994.
"The demand for delivery of adequate health services has increased substantially in recent years because of the migration of nurses and other health professionals causing an imbalance between supply and demand.
"The new school will augment the Ministry of Health workforce plan as some graduates are expected to work locally," Ms Nadakuitavuki said.
The agreement will be reviewed at the end of three years, and Government reserves the right to terminate the agreement if the appropriate standards are not maintained.