KINGSTON, Jamaica; Treveen Palmer-Miller was the belle of the ball as she emerged victorious at the LASCO/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year awards luncheon on Saturday, July 25 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Atop the six finalists, the Spanish Town Hospital nurse received the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year trophy, a cheque for $200,000 among a host of other prizes.
Runner-up Tashia Wedderburn-Harris of the South East Regional Health Authority earned herself a trophy and $150,000 cash. Adella Campbell (PhD), Programme Director and Lecturer at the Caribbean School of Nursing, University of Technology was next awarded the third place trophy in addition to a $100,000 cheque.
Nurse Palmer-Miller shared the spotlight with the newly crowned LASCO/NAJ Student Nurse of the Year for 2015-2016, Kaysha Foote. A student of the Caribbean School of Nursing at the University of Technology, student nurse Foote received a trophy and a $100,000 cash prize. She is a vibrant student nurse with a passion for educating future nurses and a goal to become a Professor of Nursing. Fellow Montegonian and classmate at University of the West Indies School of Nursing western campus, final year student nurse Latter Barker, followed close behind as runner-up, while third place went to Sasha-Marie Paul who is currently in pursuit of a BSc. in Nursing.
Peter Chin, Managing Director of the LASCO Distributors Limited had words of encouragement for the new LASCO Ambassador, the 2015-2016 Nurse of the Year, who outdid her colleagues in a number of the competition’s categories.
“Your colleagues will now be looking to you for excellent leadership and commitment to service, and while your resume will now boast the title of the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year you also now have a tremendous responsibility to live up to those high expectations of the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year Awardee. I urge you to carry on the legacy of exemplary service that all LASCO Corporate Programmes’ Awardees are known for,” said Chin.
Treveen Palmer-Miller received recognition from as early as 2005 for outstanding work performance, community service and leadership from the Spanish Town Hospital and the Ministry of Health. A graduate of the Northern Caribbean University, Registered Nursing Programme, she will take over the reins from outgoing Nurse of the Year Shashana Lawrence.
She has proven herself to be a highly qualified, competent and experienced healthcare professional and will now be tasked with leaving an indelible trail in the nursing profession. Her philosophy – do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – reinforces her leadership and pioneering ambitions which she brings to the title.
Treveen Palmer-Miller enjoys sight-seeing, community volunteerism and social networking. Her community involvement spans the Jamaica Community for Positive Women (JCW+), NAJ outreach Programmes, women missionary band, health fairs and career day activities.
LASCO has been a partner with the NAJ since 1999 in hosting the National Nurse of the Year Programme, making Nurse Palmer-Miller the seventeenth nurse to hold the title. The initiative is geared towards celebrating the contributions of nurses island-wide and highlights outstanding individuals in the profession. The awards banquet on Saturday culminated National Nurses Week which began on Sunday, July 19.