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  • PM Simpson Miller says she is deeply saddened at the passing of former Senator and nursing stalwart Dr. the Hon. Mary Jane Seivwright, OJ.
  • For decades, Dr. Seivwright provided outstanding and distinguished leadership to Jamaica’s nursing and public health profession.
  • Dr. Seivwright was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ) and the Order of Distinction (CD).

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says she is deeply saddened at the passing of former Senator and nursing stalwart Dr. the Hon. Mary Jane Seivwright, OJ. The Prime Minister described Dr. Seivwright as a solid Jamaican woman and natural leader of the nursing profession.

“For decades, Dr. Seivwright provided outstanding and distinguished leadership to Jamaica’s nursing and public health profession, and was the first nurse to be appointed to the Senate. She was among the first black women in nursing to gain a doctorate degree and to receive both national and international acclaim. Dr. Seivwright used her enormous talent, expertise and experience to transform nursing education while serving as Director of the then Advanced Nursing Education Unit at the UWI,” the Prime Minister said.

Dr. Seivwright, who was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ) and the Order of Distinction (CD), made significant contribution in capacities as Public Health Nurse; Nursing Research Project Director and Research Assistant; Nursing Education Consultant and Director of the Advanced Nursing Education Unit, UWI, Mona now the UWI School of Nursing, Mona.

The Prime Minister said Dr. Seivwright was a true daughter of Jamaica and a public servant par excellence who encouraged Jamaicans, particularly women and young girls to be inspired by her hard work, drive to achieve and excellent contribution to nation building.

“On behalf of the government, I express sympathy to all the family members of Dr. Sievwright and pray God will strengthen and comfort you during this time of grief,” the Prime Minister said.