FSIL (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti) Nursing School was founded in Léogâne, Haiti in January 2005, by a partnership between MBF, PC(USA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. FSIL is a branch of the Episcopal University of Haiti with a self-governing board comprised of members of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, MBF, PC(USA), and nursing professors from the United States.
Haiti has a population of 10.3 million with only about 11 nurses for every 100,000 people. The nursing school fulfills a critical need in supplying personnel to the nearby Hôpital Ste. Croix and other health care facilities across Haiti. FSIL is the only full baccalaureate nursing school in the country, and has developed a reputation throughout Haiti for having a rigorous curriculum and for graduating the best nurses in the country.
The baccalaureate curriculum at FSIL is designed to give the students the skills to offer patient-centered nursing care, develop critical thinking, and practice problem solving. The students receive their clinical training at Hôpital Ste. Croix as their first exposure to professional health care practices. FSIL educates with a goal of seeing the students practice health care within their own home communities, and contribute to fulfilling the desperate need for health care throughout all of Haiti.
Haiti has an average annual income in the range of $300 to $600. The tuition at FSIL is $3,500 per year and $14,000 for the full four years. Many of the students are unable to cover the cost of the tuition by their own efforts, and rely upon receiving scholarships from outside sources like MBF. Those who receive scholarships must commit to two years of service after graduation before they can receive their diplomas.