International Nurses’ Day

A total of 72 nursing and allied staff members of the Joseph N. France General
Hospital will on Friday, May 10th 2019 be recognised for their overall
performance and attendance in the year 2018. The occasion will be the Annual
Luncheon and Awards Ceremony which takes place at the institution, and is one
of several activities marking the local celebration of International Nurses’ Day
which, this year, is being observed under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead –
Health for All”.

International Nurses’ Day is celebrated on May 12th each year and is meant as
an opportunity to recognise the efforts, service, skill-sets and professional
acumen of nursing personnel the world over. The global observance of
International Nurses’ Day traditionally coincides with what would have been
the birthday of 19th century Nurse Florence Nightingale who is widely regarded
as the founder of modern-day nursing.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health has indicated that “these nursing and
allied staff awardees are being recognised in several categories, such as Perfect
Attendance and Near Perfect Attendance. Special Awards will also be distributed
to staff who have been Most Helpful and Most Improved, with divisional awards
being bestowed on the Most Outstanding Unit and Unit of the Year.” Friday’s
Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will also be an occasion to conduct the
graduation exercise for three (3) Nursing Attendants who have successfully
completed the basic, 12-week Nursing Attendant Programme that was conducted
by the In-Service Education Department of the JNF General Hospital between
November 19th 2018 and February 8th 2019.

The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to congratulate all awardees of the
JNF General Hospital as well as the three graduates of the Nursing Attendant
Programme Batch # XIV.

Other activities planned in recognition of International Nurses’ Day 2019
include the following:

 Official National Address by the Minister of Health, Hon Wendy C. Phipps
on Sunday, May 12th (which coincidentally is also Mothers’ Day);
 Candlelight Service at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 10th at St. Barnabas
Anglican Chapel on Fort Thomas Road, Basseterre;
 All-day, Nursing Symposium on Monday, May 13th at JNF General
Hospital’s classroom, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; and
 General Election of a new Board for the St. Kitts Nurses’ Association on
Friday, May 24th.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

May 9, 2019

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