Kingston, Jamaica: Laverna Campbell exuberantly embraced her crowning moment as she was announced winner of the LASCO/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year 2016-17 at the awards luncheon held on Saturday, July 23rd at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Nurse Campbell, who was first runner-up in the 2010-2011 Nurse of the Year programme, emerged victorious atop the six finalists. The Percy Junor Hospital Nurse received the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year trophy and a cheque for $200,000 amongst a host of prizes.
Runner-up Keisha Riley, a Registered Midwife at the Spanish Town Hospital received $150,000 in cash along with a trophy; while Natalie Hylton, a Critical Care Nurse at the Cornwall Regional Hospital was awarded the third place trophy in addition to a $100,000 cheque.
Nurse Campbell shared the spotlight with the newly crowned LASCO/NAJ Nursing Student of the Year for 2016-2017, Nadja Brown. A student of the University of West Indies (UWI) School of Nursing, Western Jamaica Campus, Ms. Brown received a trophy and a cash prize of $100,000.
Student Nurse Brown aspires to specialise in the areas of Health Informatics and Paediatrics and become a major contributor to the development of Jamaica’s health care system. Fellow UWI Student Nurse Nodly Manning of the Mona School of Nursing, was adjudged first runner-up, while third place went to Sonya Robb of Brown’s Town Community College School of Nursing.
NOY 2016-17 Nurse Campbell is a strong believer in the continued development through education of nurses and has pursued higher education in the profession for several decades. Nurse Campbell now holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of West Indies, Mona School of Nursing (UWISON), having previously completed courses in Midwifery, Operating Theatre Techniques and Health Science Management at Victoria Jubilee Hospital, University Hospital of the West Indies and UWI Mona Department of Management Studies respectively.
With her academic and practical contributions, Nurse Campbell embodies the theme for 2016 “A force for change: Improving health systems’ resilience”. Her excellence in nursing is decorated with many awards which include being the inaugural winner of the NAJ President’s Award in 1999. Nurse Campbell has also been awarded The Honourable Mary Seacole Humanitarian Award for Nursing Practice and Leadership in 2006.
In addition to her achievements in the field, she is an actively involved community member holding a commanding role in the Kiwanis Club of Spaulding/Christiana. Her leadership is also shown as a Captain in the Jamaica Combined Cadet Forces and as a wellness team member at the Cobbla New Testament Church.
Executive Chairman and Founder of LASCO Affiliated Companies, The Hon. Lascelles Chin, spoke to the importance of resilience in business as he addressed attendees at the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year awards luncheon.
“I can tell you without a shadow of doubt, that resilience is a key factor for achieving change,” declared Chin. “It is resilience that has taken LASCO from a small company distributing one product to the distribution and manufacturing of hundreds of products. Now, we are a multibillion dollar company in distribution, finance and manufacturing. Persistent focus and resilience played a leading role in getting us where we are today.”
“LASCO is among the top 10 companies listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange for 2015,” continued Chin. “Since listing on the Stock Exchange in 1999, LASCO shares have experienced an average growth of 233 per cent. I share this information with you today, as testimony to the invaluable role of resilience in achieving goals.”
LASCO has been a partner with the NAJ since 1999 in hosting the National Nurse of the Year Programme, making Nurse Campbell the 18th nurse to be awarded the title. The initiative is geared towards celebrating the contributions of nurses and highlighting outstanding individuals in the profession island-wide. The awards banquet on Saturday culminated National Nurses Week, which began on Saturday, July 16.