St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Friday May 12 is International Nurses day and in an address to mark the occasion Junior Health Minister Senator Wendy Phipps outlined the activities identified to celebrate the occasion.
“Our nurses in St. Kitts and Nevis have joined in this global observance of Nurses’ Day that is being staged under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.
As has been the practice for several years our local nurses have decided to spread out their celebrations over an entire week of activities. As such, this year’s Nurses’ Week spans the period May 6-13, 2017 and includes activities such as:
• Church Service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th - at St. George’s Anglican Church
• Nurses’ Day Symposium & Luncheon on Friday, May 12th – at JNF Hospital, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Public Outreach on Saturday, May 13th – at Pharmcare Ltd, Bird Rock, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Ministry of Health commends the nurses in St. Kitts and Nevis for staging these events to highlight the invaluable contribution of all nurses, regardless of whether they are employed in the public or private sector.”
Senator Phipps said Nurses were tasked with serious responsibility.
"Our government also realizes that without nurses our national health infrastructure will come to a grinding halt. It is the committed and dedicated service of our institution and community-based nurses that has been responsible, to a great extent, for the significant strides that we continue to make in the critical area of public health and wellness. As such, it is imperative that the members of our nursing fraternity continue to improve upon their professionalism, both individually and collectively, in order to render the high quality care that is always required in the health care industry.”
She revealed there more than 300 nurses working in the public sector.
“Presently, there are approximately 330 nurses employed in the public sector of St. Kitts and Nevis. Most of these nurses are employed by our institution based health services. This means that their employment is performed, by and large, at our Federation’s four hospitals and the two state-run senior care facilities, namely The Cardin Home on St. Kitts and the Flamboyant Home on Nevis. The other 23 percent of our nurses are employed at our Nation’s 17 health centres. On behalf of the Federal Government I congratulate all of our nurses on Nurses’ Day 2017."