Honourable Dancia Penn Sallah joined nurses in the British Virgin Islands along with their international counterparts to celebrate International Nurses Day on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern Nursing.
During the opening ceremony for a one-day conference held on Wednesday, 12th May in the Training room at Peebles Hospital, Honorable Dancia Penn Sallah endorsed Nurses Week and delivered brief remarks, "Happy Nurses Day 2010...I am delighted to have the opportunity to say a few words on this special day for nurses and I begin this morning by saying a sincere heartfelt thank you to all nurses on my own behalf as Minister of Health and Social Development; I thank you on behalf of the government and I am honoured to say thank you on behalf of the people of this country."
Photo Credit: BVI Nurses Association
Honourable Penn Sallah recognized the recent elections of the Nurses Association and paid tribute to the recent former Executive Committee and the former Executive Committees of the Nurses Association.
Additionally, the Honourable Minister congratulated the new Executive Committee while pledging her continued support.
Ms. Rupertha Ephraim, newly elected President of BVI Nurses Association said nurses worldwide are engaged in innovative activities on a daily basis, activities motivated by the desire to improve patient care outcomes. Many of these initiatives have resulted in significant improvements in the health of patients. The one day Nurses Conference featured key note speaker, Dr. Wendy Sealy Health and Education Consultant out of Barbados who spoke on "Retaining Nurses through Caring."
In a brief interview after the conference, Ms. Ephraim said that she was delighted, inspired, and has a sense of renewal with the words of Dr. Sealy. "The response to Dr. Sealy´s address by the entire nursing body attending the conference was one of hope, rekindled spirits, and a recommitment to nursing. We had a very informative and productive day. Indeed, today´s activity was a success and Professional Nurses Day 2010 will long be remembered. As President of the BVINA I am truly pleased." Mrs. Ephraim said.
In her remarks, Dr. Sealy said, "International Nurses Day is celebrated May 12th every year and commemorates the birthday of Florence Nightingale one of the leading pioneers of modern professional nursing. It is my view, that the mantle taken up by Ms. Nightingale so many years ago has been carried by many nurses and these unsung nightingales should also be celebrated. There are those of you who every day go beyond the call of duty to ensure that the clients you serve receive quality nursing care and services."
Nursing innovation is a fundamental source of progress for health care systems around the world. Nurses work in all settings with all types of patients, families, communities, health care personnel and personnel in other sectors. As such, we are critically positioned to provide creative and innovative solutions that make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of our patients, organizations, and communities.
Ms. Ephraim continued by stating that locally, nurses will mark the week with a number of activities to include a Sunrise Walk & Family Fun Day on Saturday, 15th May at Peebles Hospital parking lot, beginning at 5:30 a.m.; a church service at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre, Baugher´s Bay beginning at 9:00 a.m. and a candle light vigil at the Noel Lloyd´s Positive Action Movement Park on Monday, 17th May, beginning at 6:30 p.m.