The Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti or FSIL* is the first four-year baccalaureate school of nursing in Haiti. In 2015, FSIL was ranked as the top nursing school in the country by the Ministry of Public Health. With a 93% score for meeting the objectives and outcomes for higher nursing education, FSIL has become a model for nursing schools in Haiti.
As of 2016, nine classes have graduated – 136 Haitian nursing professionals, 95% of whom remain in Haiti. They have been educated to international standards for service as clinicians, leaders, and agents of change in their country. We are proud of what FSIL grads are already accomplishing.
Your support allows FSIL to continue providing an excellent education to capable, committed young Haitians. It represents a direct and profound investment in Haiti's future. Help us ensure that they will deliver top quality health care into the future, while building the infrastructure so essential for their country.
*Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti
The Faculté des Sciences Infirmières (Faculty of Nursing Science) shares the Université Episcopale d'Haïti (Episcopal University of Haiti’s) commitment to teaching, research, and service and its recognition of the power of a Christian message in all we do. Our mission is to offer a professional program of study in nursing science, incorporating public health principles and practices, to prepare its graduates for effective health care service as clinicians, leaders and agents of change.
The program will provide its graduates with theoretical and clinical skills necessary for further professional education and growth, and an environment in which they can develop a desire for life-long learning and a passion for the ethical practice of nursing as a discipline of science, caring and compassion. The program will be an expression of nursing as a ministry of Jesus Christ where the spiritual dimension is an integral component along with teaching and healing. Further, the School will provide continuing education and post baccalaureate education to meet the needs of the Haitian community. This includes the provision of professional service to the community and promotion of the nursing profession through scholarly activity.
Approved by Board of Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti, October 1, 2004
Connection with the Episcopal University of Haiti
Upon request, Rt. Rev. Jean Zaché Duracin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, made the School of Nursing part of the Episcopal University of Haiti. Upon completion of their four-year program, students receive an academic degree in nursing (BSN).
The FSIL nursing school opened its doors to the first class of thirty-six students in January, 2005. The dream of Dr. Jack Lafontant and other Haitians working with the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) in Léogâne was to start a school of nursing to help improve care at Hôpital Ste. Croix (HSC) and in the rest of Haiti.
MBF was successful in obtaining a $1.2 million building grant from USAID/ASHA (United States Agency for International Development / American Schools and Hospitals Abroad). MBF also assumed the cost share of 20% in receiving this grant.
In 2001 Dr. Lafontant and MBF asked First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan to help get the nursing program started. The Church Pastor asked recently retired Ruth Barnard, PhD, RN to take the leadership to get the nursing program started while the school buildings were under construction. Dr. Barnard recruited other volunteers and formed the FSIL Governing Board. The specific curriculum plans were developed with Donna Martsolf, PhD, RN and Jessie Colin, PhD, RN. Several other volunteers helped in the preparation for the school’s opening.
The FSIL Governing Board was most fortunate to find a remarkable dean, Hilda Alcindor. She was born and educated as a nurse in Haiti. She worked as a registered nurse for over 27 years in Miami and was looking for some way to return and help the people of Haiti. She accepted the challenge of implementing the plans for this nursing school. She shepherds her young students through their first years as she teaches them in the classroom, instills a sense of patriotism and service, and ultimately helps to mold her students into self-confident young professionals.
FSIL graduated its first class of 13 men and women in January, 2009, with the second class following in the fall. Graduations are now held each fall.
The campus has expanded as a result of subsequent grants procured by the Medical Benevolence Foundation from USAID. Additional dorms, a dean’s residence, and security wall have been completed as of 2011, with construction to begin soon on an auditorium, more classrooms, a computer lab, and administration wing. Since USAID only continues to fund projects it considers very successful, FSIL’s continuing expansion is a clear vote of confidence.
The USAID/ASHA grants given to the MBF in Léogâne, Haïti, have made possible a baccalaureate nursing school program in a country which is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. FSIL is the first nursing school to offer a BSN degree, which now sets the standard for all of Haiti.