Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The Nurses' Association of Jamaica (NAJ) gave special recognition to 35 nurses from the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) during the commemoration of National Nurses Week in a seminar and an awards ceremony held last week.
The function, which was held under the theme "Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals 6, 5, 4" at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, saw 27 nurses who served the institution for 10 years or more receiving trophies and certificates, and eight retired nurses being recognised for continuing to contribute to the nursing profession.
Among the noteworthy awardees were LaRaine Watson, who copped four awards for outstanding performance in the CRH's Operating Theatre Techniques programme, and Eula James, who served the institution for 35 years.
"The two days were chosen to appreciate our nurses and to let them know that we appreciate their hard work and dedication towards nursing care at CRH," said Gillian Ledgister, acting director of nursing services. "So the hospital management, along with the nursing administration, decided on making this effort of having two days of seminars and an awards ceremony for our nurses."
Ledgister outlined the criteria of good service in the profession, for which the awardees were honoured.
"We gave awards for persons who have served the institution for 10 years and upwards and also for outstanding nurses who have shown performance in areas such as customer service, commitment to the job, dedication, flexibility, punctuality, and so on," she said. "We also appreciated our retired nurses who are still serving because we do have some persons who are still serving at the hospital."