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Will to care kept Nurse Of The Year 2017 going

Published:Saturday | July 22, 2017 | 7:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
Natalie Hylton Levy (centre), LASCO Nurse of the Year 2017-2018, posing with the top trophy, along with Peter Mark Chin, deputy executive chairman and managing director, LASCO Distributors Limited; and Janet Coore-Farr, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston yesterday.

Natalie Hylton Levy has survived some of the toughest conditions faced by medical practitioners at the nation's public hospitals to become the 2017 LASCO-Nurses Association of Jamaica Nurse of the Year.

A critical-care nurse at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, she has had to endure the many infrastructure and increased criminal challenges that have plagued the hospital in recent times. Hylton Levy noted, however, that the will to care for persons and the support of her husband have kept her going.

"Caring is at the heart of nursing, and what is at the forefront of my mind is that care is needed. We have to put self aside and be strong enough to give care. We don't know who is wrong; we just know that they are all individuals who require attention," she said.

"Whether it's a gunshot, a chop wound, a stroke or a heart attack, it doesn't matter. What we see on the bed is an individual in need of care, and we act accordingly," she continued.

 

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Hylton Levy said that a major project that she will be undertaking is to provide programmes that cater to women and girls, an initiative she has started in her community in Bounty Hall, Trelawny.

"I have always wanted to help young women and girls because I think there are major issues, especially as it relates to issues of confidence in themselves. As a result, they find it hard to say no to a lot of things and they end up in problems."

Male nurse cops second place

In the meantime, Wayne Fearon, emergency nurse at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, was the first runner-up, while Mischelle Callaghan-Graham of the Spanish Town Hospital was the second runner-up.

Joy Odusanya, nursing student at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, copped the Nursing Student of the Year award.

The nursing student noted that while the award signals the call of God on her life, she said it was surprising as she took two days to prepare.

"The challenge I had to overcome was retaining the information at such short notice. Also, just having the confidence to speak, because even though I am a seasoned speaker, I have never had to do impromptu speeches, so it was out of my comfort zone."

She said that she was ready for the challenges and expected a good tenure.

Juline Souden of the University of Technology was the first runner-up, while Jervine Richards was the second runner-up.

jodi-ann.gilpin@gleanerjm.com