Vision: A Healthy population in Fiji that is driven by a caring health care delivery system. Mission: To provide a high quality health care delivery services by a caring and committed workforce working with strategic partners through good governance, appropriate technology and appropriate risk management facilitating a focus on patient safety and best health status for the citizens of Fiji.


Nurses in government services are employed at all levels of service within the Ministry of Health, and predominantly work in hospitals and community health care facilities such as health centers and nursing stations, which are located in urban, peri-urban, rural and remote settings.
Their responsibilities may include providing direct patient care in a hospital or home health care setting, managing and directing complex nursing care in an intensive care unit, supervising the provision of long term care in the home, or preventing diseases and protecting, promoting and maintaining health for individuals, families and groups in the community.
The Director Nursing & Health System Standards is accountable to the Permanent Secretary for Health for policy formulation and nursing development, and the Fiji School of Nursing.  The position also serves as the Registrar of the Nurses, Midwives and Nurse Practitioners Board under the Nurses, Midwives & Nurse Practitioners Act.  The Director is also responsible for policy development on clinical governance and quality improvement based on risk management principles.
The nursing workforce in the Ministry of Health has 1827 nursing positions of which 1764 are registered nurses who have been trained at the Fiji School of Nursing and a few expatriate nurses from overseas training institutes, and 63 orderlies at the base level (NU07 and NU08).
There are nurses employed by the Suva Private Hospital and other private medical facilities including the new Sangam Private Nursing School in Labasa.
At present, there are 3 main categories of nursing staff employed in the nursing service:

  1. Registered Nurses are graduates of any of the 3-year courses/programs and they provide professional nursing services in any field of nursing in Fiji.
  2. Students are those undertaking the 3-year programme at the Fiji School of Nursing and they spend around 60% of their training (curriculum) providing nursing services under the supervision of registered nurses.
  3. Unqualified staffs are persons without a nursing qualification who are employed to assist qualified nurses in the performance of their duties, namely orderlies (established) and hospital ward assistants (government wage earners).

The National Risk Management Unit is a section of Health System Standards within the DNHSS.

Primary purpose of the National Risk Management Unit (RMU)
The purpose of the national RMU is to provide professional advice and assistance to the Management and staff of the Ministry of Health, specifically to the Risk Management Units in Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals, in ensuring the implementation of risk management and quality improvement programs for all aspects of health service delivery throughout each division, with a particular emphasis on clinical risk management. Other aspects of support for the divisional RM programs include supporting the Infection control officers and Customer Service officers both in the divisional hospitals and in the sub divisions.
We also encourage risk management champions to promote awareness and implement the four elements of the Clinical Governance Framework for Fiji, through the hospitals Quality Improvement Committee.

Risk management is a new concept within the Fiji Health sector and a major challenge of the position is to assist the risk management units in creating awareness and adherence to the nation wide program, and coordinate all departments and sections full participation as well as to facilitate their ability to identify and manage risks in their area of service delivery.