The British Virgin Islands Nurses Association (BVINA) is observing National Nurses Weeks 2014 from today, 12th May to Sunday 18th May under the theme “Nurses Leading the Way…”.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony held in the Training Room at Peebles Hospital, the Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton stated “Nurses lead the way in providing high level of quality care and we use this week to celebrate our nurses, locally, regionally or internationally, whether in the public or private sector.”
Hon. Skelton also stated that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare sector and remain a priority for career choices in Virgin Islands. He encouraged young Virgin Islanders to take notice and to take advantage of the opportunities available to them in the health sector.
The Hospital Nursing Director Ms. Jascinth Campbell-Hannibal identified that “Nurses are leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government and this week we acknowledge nurses’ vast contributions and how they are leading the way in improving healthcare”.
She also challenged nurses to highlight how a nurse can transform lives and to make a difference on a daily basis. Also adding, “BVI nurses have a rich history of nursing leadership. Nurses have lead initiatives to increase access to care and improve outcomes by focusing on primary care, prevention, wellness, chronic disease management, community mental health programmes, and so on”.
The BVINA will hold a series of activities this week to celebrate National Nurses Week 2014. The activities are education seminars, community health talk, family fun night, a fundraiser, a morning walk and will close with a church service in the Chapel of the new Peebles Hospital.
Nurses at the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority focus on the care of individuals, families, and communities to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.