For Immediate Release
Friday, May 15, 2015
Nurses: making the difference between life and ‘debt’
Kingston, Jamaica; A sea of white flooded the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday, May 12, as nurses gathered to celebrate International Nurses’ Day 2015 and the launch of National Nurses’ Week. As the single largest profession in the healthcare workforce, nurses play a vital role in balancing the quality and cost of patient care. This is the focus of the celebration, under the theme Nurses: A Force for Change: Cost Effective, Care Effective, which highlighted ways to achieve optimal patient care in a cost effective way.
Lascelles Chin, Founder and Executive Chairman of LASCO Affiliated Companies stressed the importance of the nurses to nation building and urged them to embrace the International Nurses’ Day theme. “A healthy nation is a primary imperative for a productive society. I urge nurses to respond to the current situation in our health sector, to make this theme a reality. Change is constant in life, and it must be done effectively,” he said.
The Hon. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health had words of advice for nurses, while emphasising the critical role they play in healthcare delivery. He encouraged them to strive for greater educational achievement and specialist training and to continue the hard work, even in the face of challenge. “The challenges are great. We are operating in an environment now with an international fund arrangement that has put some constraints but within that, our aim must be to do what must be done,” he said.
Nurses continue to drive efficiency by providing quality care to patients while effectively managing resources, despite the challenges being faced by the public health sector. International Nurses’ Day and National Nurses’ Week highlight this invaluable contribution and commitment of Jamaican nurses to the healthcare sector.
The theme reflects the nurses’ continued commitment to take steps to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in Jamaica and LASCO is committed to helping nurses achieve these objectives. LASCO’s support of the profession has led to the staging of the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year Award which recognizes the hard work of nurses, putting the spotlight on a nurse who has given outstanding service to the field.
The nurses got off to a great start with the Make a Child Smile Easter Bunny Treat held in April. The National Nurses’ Week of activities begins with a church service on July 19 and continues with Summer School and Founder’s Day activities throughout the week and culminating with the Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony on July 25.