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Deputy Director of Nursing Services at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, Marcia Lafayette, has commended the Jamaica Enrolled Assistant Nurses’ Association, for its work and for making an invaluable contribution to the well-being of the people of Jamaica.
“As a group you have worked assiduously to help in achieving the goals and objectives of the Ministry of Health and Environment. This has not gone unnoticed. However, cognisant of the fact that you have a mandate to fulfill your roles as caregivers, the provision of high quality care to individuals, families and communities must continue to be high on your agenda of excellence,” Mrs. Lafayette said.
She was speaking on behalf of the Chief Nursing Officer of Health, Dr. Leila McWhinney-Dehaney at the 35th Annual Conference for the Jamaica Enrolled Assistant Nurses’ Association, held recently at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The conference was conducted under the theme, ‘New Beginning – Excellence in Service’.
“We are in the throes of the renewal of primary health care and as we do so, new approaches and excellence in service delivery are of paramount importance. It calls for all health care providers to reconsider the team approach to health care and specifically as nurses to nursing care delivery,” she said.
Turning to the patient/customer centred model of care, she pointed out that the nurses should build their practice around the needs of the patient, the family and the community.
“It serves us no good to deny the patients’ good care because we as caregivers have found it difficult to get our act together. As stakeholders in health care let me encourage you to play your part in being watchful for your patients. Let me encourage you as a group to continue to hold the flag of caring high, (and) to continue to upgrade and refine your skills, to continue in the struggle to work for the interest of your membership,” she implored.