Since the establishment of the School of Nursing under the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education in 1984, the school has always been providing pre-service, in-service Nursing Education and other Allied Health Sciences. The training aims to produce well educated, competent graduates who are capable of delivering safe effective nursing care, rehabilitation and Health Promotion to individuals, families and communities in the Solomon Islands.
The school in its Academic expansion has worked closely in the previous years with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and has developed the first Bachelor’s Degree in the country. This Bachelor of Nursing degree is designed for the Pacific and is more appropriate for nursing development in these regions.
The school started offering its Bachelor of Nursing courses in Semester 2 of 2011. It has three strands: Acute Nursing Practice, Primary Health Care, and Midwifery. In the recent years, the school has developed and offered the Bachelor of Nursing (Child Health Care) which is the fourth strand to its degree courses.
In 2017 there was again another milestone for the school where it developed and offered the first Post Graduate Diploma course. The Post Graduate Diploma of Health Leadership and Management was developed in response to the complex and persistent management issues which constrain health services delivery in Solomon Islands.
It is intended that graduates will contribute to the implementation of the current National Health Strategic Plan and beyond and provide leadership in the Provinces , hospitals and departments across the health sector, by strengthening health management at all levels including periphery and thereby improve the quality of health services and the health of the Solomon Islands Populations.
The Post Graduate Diploma of Health Leadership and Management also targets health workers in the region who are aspiring leaders.
To provide appropriate, quality health training and education that would have local, national, regional and international credibility.
Dean of Faculty
Ms. Verzilyn Isom
Prior to taking up the position as the Dean of School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Verzilyn previously served as the Head of School during the SICHE days from 2007 to 2012. During those times she has provided high-level educational leadership to ensure educational programs meet the needs of the students, Ministry of Health, communities, and families in the Solomon Islands and the region. During her leadership, she has developed and offered the first Bachelor of Nursing program in 2012 which was also the first degree to be offered in the country. During those years they have enrolled international students from Nauru and Vanuatu. Since 2012 the school has developed several new courses which include the first Post Graduate Diploma in Health Leadership and Management. She is an experienced academic with more than 20 years of work. She is committed and has a passion for her work.
Apart from her administrative duties she also teaches degree courses. One of her main aims is to bring the school to the next level and be the hub for Nursing in the Pacific. Further to that her aim is also to develop and offer other courses in the areas of Allied Health Sciences and more specialized courses which are to respond to the current diseases strand. To achieve her goal she believes in capacity building and to allow the staff to further their qualifications. One of her key priority areas is in terms of infrastructure development to cater for the expansion of the courses. There are MOUs that SINU has established with other Regional and International institutions. Her school has benefited from these and especially in the areas of Health and Nursing research and also capacity building for the staff. She believes in working collaboratively with other established institutions and to learn from them as SINU is still relatively young and has a very high potential to be the leading university in this region.