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ABOUTNEW'SANDVIEWSThethemeselectedfortheAnnualGeneralMeetingfor1986was"NursesReachingOuttoTouchOneAnother",I 'wish tocommendtheperson(s)concernedforselectingsuchatimelyandwellthoughtouttopic.Congratulationsarealsoextendedtothekeynoteandotherspeakers,whoexpoundedsoablyandeloquentlyontheconferencetheme.Astheattendanceofourmemebrswasdisappointing,thedeciisonwastakentocompileareportoftheconferenceandmakeitavailabletoyouataminimalcost.May IusethisMediumtowishallofyoua NewYearfullofPeaceandHappiness,onhehalfofmyselfandthemembersofmycommittee.Weanticipateandlookforwardtoyoursupport.BestwishesW.T.StuartChairpersonPublicityandPublicRelationsCommittee

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,THENURSESASSOCIATIONCOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMASEXUCUTIVEBOARDMEMBERS 1984-1986 OFFICERSPRESIDENT1STVICEPRESIDENT2NDVICEPRESIDENTTREASURER SECRETARYASSISTANTSECRETARYASSISTANTTREASURER CHAIRPERSONSOFSTANDING COMMITTEES: EDUCATIONAL & RESEARCH MEMBERSHIP SOCIO ECONOMiCPUBLICITY/PUBLICATIONSSTANDARDS & PRACTICE TRUSTEES ANDILB.LaRODA CELESTELOCKHARTPEARLRAHMINGBREZETTA KING REGISTRAR BREZETTA KING ANDILB.LaRODA GLORIAD.FERGUSON RENEEROTHCELESTELOCKHARTGWENDOLYNBRICEBERNADETTEELLISFLORINDACLARKE JANICEARMBRISTER PATRINELLA DELEVEAUXGENEVATHORNTONDOREENPETERSMARYJOHNSON

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..SECRETARY'SREPORT NURSESASSOCIATIONOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMASBy:MsGwendolynBriceThisreportgivesabriefaccountofmeetingsheldfortheperiodDecember,1985-November,1986.YoumaybeawarethatIwasonstudyleavefromSeptember,1985-August1986.MissBernadetteEllisactedinmycapacityduringthistime.May ItakethisopportunitytoexpressmysincerestgratitudetoBernadetteforheruntiringsupportthroughtheyear.ExecutiveMeetingsAreminderthatexecutivemeetingsareheldmonthly,theFridaypreceedingthesecondMondayofthemonth.UnlikeothermembersoftheAssociation,theexecutiveofficersdonotenjoytherecesstakeninJulyorAugust.Atotalof12meetingswerescheduled,butonlynine(9)wereheld.MeetingswerecancelledinFebruary,JuneandAugustbecauseaquorumwasnotpresent.AquorumforanExecutiveBoardMeetingisfive(5).Therangeofattendanceatthesemeetingsheldwas toten(5-10).withameanofseven(7).InSeptemberofthisyear.theBoarddecideditwasmoreconvenienttoholdmeetingsafterwork,thiswastriedanditseemedbetterforthemajority.Meetingsdidnotlastaslongasthoseheldintheevening.Timerangeformeetingsheldwasonehour15minutestothreehourssevenminutes.Onlyontwo(2)occasionsdidameetinglastforonehour15minutes.andboth were afterworkmeetings.Theaveragetimewastwohours30minutes.

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2Tomakeupforthosetimeswhentherewasnoquorum.aformofpunishmentwasfour(4)callmeetings.oneinJulyoneinAugust.andtwoinSeptember.Attendanceforthesemeetingsrangedfromfivetoeight,withameansix.lengthfromone:andaquarterhourstotwo l2) hours.Purposeofthesemeetingswerefordecisionstobemadeonvariousmatters,e.g.CaribbeanNursesOrganization.Attendanceatmeetingswerevariable.Aspreviouslymentionedtherangewhenameetingwasheldwasfivetoten(5-10).Whentherewasnoquorum.therewerethreepersonsyear.NoquorumwaspresentinMarch.Mayand.June,andarecesswastakeninAugust.Attendancewasontheincrease,rangingfrom18-29withanaverageof23personsateach

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There2.53.4.3meeting.Meetingsusuallylastedoneandahalfhours.wasonegeneralcallmeetinginFebruary.HighlightsSpecialeventswillbedealthwithinthepresident'sreportandthevariouscommittees.HoweverIshalljustindicateafewhighlights.1.Nursescontinuedtodemonstratetheirconcernforothersbyparticipatinginthevariousbloodpressureclinicsinthecommunity.Theseweredoneattheinvitationofprivateorganizationsinthecommunitye.g.McDonaldsandBahamasChamberofCOmmerce.TheAssociationreceiveditsfirstscholarshipsfromRoyWestCorporationoftheBahamas:MrsGenethDavisispresentlyaseniorP/MattheUniversityHospitaloftheWestIndies.Andisdoingwell.HonourarylifemembercertificateshavebeenissuedtodeservingmembersoftheAssociation.TheAssociation'scontinuedparticipationinworkshops,seminarsandconferencese.g.TheNursingProcessWorkshop,theseminaron cancert CaribbeanNursingOrganizationandCommonwealthHealthMinistersMeeting.ThehostingofareceptionforthedelegatesofCommonwealthHealthMinistersMeeting.Colleagues,IhavecometotheendofmytenureontheExecutiveBoard,andwordscouldneverexpressmyemotionsatthistime.Thevastknowledgegainedaboutassociationsandtheirmanagementwasinvaluable.Therewereopportunitiesto

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4meetpeople,anddiscusshealthproblemswhichareof c concernworldwideand.moreimportantly,wastheobeyingofChrist'scommandtoloveoneanotheraswasdemonstratedbythecementedcamaraderieovertheyears.Sincerestgratitudeisextendedtoyouforpermittingmetoenjoythesedelights.

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ANNUALGENERAL MEETING REPORTOFTHESOCIa-ECONOMICWLEFARE COMMITTEEoBy:Mrs Geneya ThorntonMrPresident,MadamVicePresident,MadamSecretary,otherExecutivemembers,Colleagues.TheSocio-EconomicWelfareCommitteeoftheNursesAssociationoftheBahamasiscomprisedofthefollowingMembers:MrsPatBethelMrsPearlCooperMrsBrezettaKingMrsGenevaThorntonMrsGloriaOkpunoMrsMargaretBostwickMrsBeverlyFordMrsPearlRahmingMrsSusanneRoberts-WallaceMrsGraceMunnings-PrivateDutyNurse-MaternityAreaP.M.H.-PrivateDutyNurse-SurgicalAreaP.M.H.-CommunityNursingServi-BurnsUnitP.M.H.-Sandi1ands-CatholicSchools-NursesRegistrar-MaternityAreaP.M.H.ChairpersonTheSocio-EconomicWelfareCommitteeheldmanymeetingsin1985andthefirstquarterof1986.Ouraimsandgoalswerediscussedandthesearesomeofthesuggestionsthatwereimplemented:FashionShowandTeaCookOutInternationalNightLentenTea&FashionShowMarch31,1985October29,1985November9,1985March9,1986

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2Fromtheseeventswerealized$3,033.20.ATeaPartywasheldcforretiredNursesonFebruary8th,1986andwasasuccess.*OurCommitteeMembersaremindfuloftheneedforNursestostriveforbargainingrightsbyinvestigationsinthe revealedthattwo-thirdsofourNursesmustbemembers.WespoketomanyofourTC/NurseswhoregrettednotbeingmembersofourAssociationbuttheyreasonedthataccordingtoArticleXVIX,Chapter6,theyfelttheirgoalscouldnotbefullymet;wehopethatthiswillbefurtherpursued.TothePrivateDutyNursesandNurseG.Munnings,thankyouyouforyourdonationwhichwassubsequentlyusedtopurchasethecupsandsaucersnowutilizedinthekitchenofLongleyHouse.TotheSocio-EconomicWelfareCommitteeMembersandtherestofyou yourfamiliesandfriendswhogaveofyourtime,talentsandmonies,thankyouforyoursupportduringtheyears1985and1986;withoutthesupportofeachandeveryoneofyou,oureffortswouldhavebeeninvain.Regrettably,duetocircumstancesbeyondmycontrol,therewerenofurther bymyCommitteeinthelatterhalfof1986,becauseofmyextendedabsencefromNewProvidence.Thankyou.GENEVA THORNTON*P.S.DuringthistimeflowersandfruitsweresenttoailingNursesandalsoto ofdeceasedColleagues

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END OFOFFICEREPORTBYJ.M.ARMBRISTEREDUCATIONAL(RESEARCHCOMMITTEENURSES'ASSOCIATIONOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMASMrPresidenttmembersoftheexecutiveboard,associationmembers,Goodevening.Theyearprovedtobeamostexcitingoneanditwasagreatlearningexperienceformeandforthemembersofthecommittee.Mytermofofficebegan,withtheunfortunateresignationofMrsHildaDOuglas,who;becauseofherincreasedwork-loadfounditdifficulttocontinueaschairpersonofthiscommitteeinNovember 1985; Theoverallaimofthecommittee:Toprovidecontinuingeducationfornursesinordertofosterprofessionalgrbwthandtouseresearchmethodologysoastoimprovepracticeskills.THEOBJECTIVES:1.Conductaneducationalmeetingeverythirdmonth.2. ?rovide continuingeducationprogrammesformembers.3.Conductresearchonacornmanproblemaffectinghealthdelivery.4.Encouragememberparticipationinconferences.5.WriteseriesofarticlesforNewspapers.TheeventsoftheyearcommencedwiththeNinthAnnualConferencewhichwasopenedbytheMinisterofHealthDrNormanGay-

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2ourfirstconferencetobeheldatLongleyHouse.TheThemeo .... ""NursingasaProfession-ItsPerspectivesandPriorities".Duringthemorningsession,ourguestspeaker,MrsSyringa oftheAdvancedNursingUnit,UniversityoftheWestIndies,gaveaneloquentspeechontheInternationalViewofperspectivesinnursing.Shechallengednursesandprofessionalstopolicetheirprofessionandtoberesponsibleandaccountablefortheiractions.Herpresentationinitiatedaninterestingdiscussionandpertinentquestionswereraised.ThesecondspeakerwasourownDirectorofNursingServices,MrsIronacaMorris.Herspeechentailedanationaloverviewoftheprofession.Sheurgednursestobeemphatheticaswestrivetorealizeourgoals.Groupdiscussionwasheldduringtheafternoonandsuggestionsweremadeastohowwemightimproveourselvesprofessionally.Theconferencewaswellattendedanddeemedmostsuccessful.Itwaspleasingtonotethatallthestudentsofthenewintroductorycourse#20wereabletoattend.OnMarchlath1986,anEducationalMeetingwasconductedatLongleyHouse.MrsJackieDeanwastheguestspeaker.TOPICBreastSelf-ExaminationPracticeAmongBahamianWomen:GovernmentClinicClientele(Surveydone1984-1985).May1986thePrimeMinisteroftheCOmmonwealthoftheBahamasdeclaredtheweekof11-17MayNursesWeek. Toe Theme"CaringfortheFuture".

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3 TwoofthestatedarticlesappearedintheNassauGuardian.1.Immunization-PhilaberthaCarter, R.N., S.C.M.Z.AntenatalCare-CarolynSeymour, R.N., S.C.M.TheotherarticlesdidnotappearbecauseofanerrorbythePublishers.Inaddition,twotalks-"YouthourBestResource"and"CopingwithAging"weregivenbyMrSheldonBenebyandEvangelistRexMajorrespectively.BothwereverywellreceivedandhopefullyallmemberswerestimulatedtodiscoversolutionstoproblemsexperiencedbytheYouthofournation;andasweareallagingtofacetherealityofit.RadioandTelevisionalsohelpedustocelebratetheweek.MrsW.StuartandMrA.B.LaRodawerefeaturedontheMinistryoofHealthProgramme-hostedbyMrsFelicityAymer.TheTopic"TheChangingRoleoftheNurse".Theweekculminatedwithachurchservice theStLuke'sChapel,PrincessMArgaretHospital.ArchdeaconMurilloBonabywasthecelebrant.Hestatedinpartthatcaringforthefuturewasadifficultbutrewardingtaskandthatweasnursesmustbeaptlypreparedtodoso.ThetenthannualconferencewasheldatLongley House onDecember5th,1986.TheTheme"Caregivers,Reachingouttotouchoneanother".Thisthemewasselectedbecausesovery often, incaringforothers,we forget thatourownneedsmustbemet,and .lso those

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4ThisconferencewasofficiallyopenedbyourDirectorofNursing,MrsIronicaMorriswhobrieflyemphasisedtheneedfornursesascolleaguestocareforourselvedinordertoprovidebetterpatientcare.MrsMarinaSandsablymadeanacademicpresentationonthetheme-"CaregiversReachingouttotouchoneanother".ThesecondspeakerMrsFaithLochanexpandedonthe"MentalHealthofNursesintheworksituation".Theconferencewasfairlywellattendedandradioandtelevisioncoveragewasreceived.Thecommitteeregretsthatnotallofourobjectivesfortheyearweremet as planned.Inclosing,mayIsaythatthisterminofficewasmostrewardingformeandIwillcontinuetooffermyservices,andtocontinuetotakeanactiveroleintheassociation.Myheartfeltthankstothemembersofthiscommittee.MrClaytonRolle,MrWarrenKnowles,MsSuzieAdderley,MrsLydiaKnowles,MrsPhilaberthaCarterandMrsEvelynAlfred,withoutwhosesupportthiscommitteecouldnothavefunctioned.ManythankstothePresidentforhispatienceandencouragement,andtothemembersoftheexecutiveboardfortheirhelpandsuggestions.AndtoyouthemembersoftheAssociationforyourcontinuedsupportandhelpwhichmadethisyearasuccessfulone.

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REPORTOFTHEMEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE NURSES ASSOCIATIONOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMASANNUALGENERAL MEETING5thDECEMBER,1986By:MrsPatrine11aP.De1eveauxMrPresident,MadamVicePresident,MadamSecretary,OtherExecutivemembers,Colleagues.Theyear1986isalmosthistory,inamatterofafewweeks(threeweeksandfivedaystobeexact)anewyearwilldawnandanewbeginningforournewlyelectedOfficersofthisgreatNursesAssociationoftheCommonwealthoftheBahamas.TonightIcanattestthatourAssociationisgrowinginstrength,slowlybutsurelyandtogetherwewillcontinuetostrengthenourforcessothatintheverynearfuturewecanhaveonehundredpercentsupportfromnursesfromhomeandabroad.Theoverallobjectivesfortheyear1986wereasfo110ws:-1.AssesstheoverallmembershipstatusoftheAssociation.2.ImplementwaystoensurethatmembersbecomemoreactiveintheAssociation.3.Allocateanumbersystemtoeachmemberanddistributemembershipcards.4.Submitreplyletterstonewmembersalongwithacopyoftheconstitutionandmembershipcards.

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2Thefollowingisabriefsummaryoftheaboveobjectives:"" Objectivesnumbersoneandfourwereachieved.Objectivesnumbertwoneedsimprovementdespiteconversingwithmembersre:attendanceonaonetoonebasisaswellasbynoticesetc.alsogeneralmeetings-attendanceremainsunsatisfactory.ObjectivenumberthreehasbeenachievedinthateachmemberoftheAssociationshouldhaveinhis/herposessionamember-shipcard,withanumberonit.Aregisterispresentlyimplemented.ThemembershipCommitteefortheyear1986were:MrsPatrine1laP.De1eveauxMrsEldoraHartBenebyMsPaulaDealMrsNathalieBonamyChairpersonD.N.E.P.M.H.P.M.H.C.N.S.Membersonthecheckoffsystem(code48)Nov.1984were291.Memebrsonthecheckoffsystem(code48)Nov.1985were408.Membersonthecheckoffsystem(code48)Nov.1986were460.ForthecomingyearitisenvisagedthattheAssociationwillcontinuetogrowbyGod'sGraceandourwork.

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REPORTPUBLICITY&PUBLIC"RELATIONS COMMITTEE NURSESASSOCIATIONCOMMONWEALTH"OFTHEBAHAMAS Aimsforthedurationofthecommitteewereasfollows:-To themembershipsawarenessoftheroleofaprofessionalassociation.BY:1)Informingthemembershipofwhattheassociationhastooffer.2)Updatingthemembershipre:currenteventsnationally,regionallyandinternationally.3)Publicizingnursingeventsthroughthemedia.4)Establishingaquarterlynewsletter.5)Planningtowardsayearlynews1etter/magazine/COMMITTEE MEMBERS:MsD.PetersMsA.SymonetteMsR.StrachanMsM.NixonMsF.Blakely-SandsMsS.RolleMsB.KingMsM.MunningsMsP. Hanche!l ChairpersonSecretaryAttimesvariousothermembersoftheNursesAssociationoftheCommonwealthoftheBahamasandexecutiveboardmembersgavevaluableassistancewhichenabled.thesaidcommitteetofunctionsmoothly.Mysincerethanksto ofyou.

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My 2Duringthetwoyearsthecommitteeassistedinthevariousnursingassociationfunctionsincluding Ntirses Week'sLentenTeas,AnnualCOnferencesandTheGrandOpeningoftheheadquartersin1985.NursesFellowshipsandScholarshipsofferedlocallyandinternationallywerebroughttotheattentionofthemembership,aswereanumberofconferences,themostmemorablebeingthatoftheI.C.N.ConferenceheldinIsraelwhichsomemembersattended.During1985anewsletterwasproducedandourcommitteerealizedthatatpresentaquarterlyproductionwasnotpossible.Ourplanstoproduceasequencein1986weremarredbytheuntimelymaternityleaveofmyself-beforegettingthenewsgatheredofftoprint.Forthegreaterpartof. 1986 thecommitmentsofthiscommitteewerefulfilledbymembersoftheexecutiveboard,asduetocircumstancesbeyondmycontrolIwas tocontinuetotakeanactivepart.thanksandappreciationgoesouttothem.Theonesectionofouraimswhichfellfarshortoftheexpectedgoalwastheyearlynews/magazine.Duringthepreliminaryplanningitwasthought that articlesrelatedtotheprofessionofnursingfromBahamian nuising specialists,alongwithanoutlineoftheHistoryofNursingintheBahamasandprojectionsofthefutureofnursingin Bahamasmaybe intluded. Itwasalsothoughtthatinordertoproduceaqualitymagazine,fromplanningto may .twelvetoeighteenmonths,theexpensesbeingmettotallybyadvertisingaswelearnedfromtheproductionofthenewsletteraseparate

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3sub-committeeworkingonthatprojectalonewouldbenecessary.ItmaybethatthepresentpublicityandPublicRelationsCommitteewillbeabletobringourdreamstofruition.D.F.PetersCHAIRPERSON

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THEPRESIDENT1SANNUALREPORT FOR YEAR ENDING DECEMBER1986By:MrAndilB.LalRodaOfficersofthisAssociation.Colleagues:I ampleasedtopresenttoyouonceagain-andfinally-theaccountoftheyearof Followingthe theAssociation'shistoryi.e.openingofourHeadquartersinNovemberlast.Yourexecutive Board metandformulatedseveralobjectivesfortheNewYear.TheWatchWord"PARTICIPATION"waschosenastheguidefortheactivitiesforthisyear.Whileeffortsweremadeto .... continueoureffortstomaintainourpreviousdegreeofin-volvement-ourprimarygoalwastoincreasecapitaltotheorganizationthroughrenting spaceinourHeadquartersandincreasedmembership.To.thisendallavenuestoprocuretenantswereexploredandI amhappythatbothofficersarerentedwithleasesofone and threeyearsrespectively.Presentlythetotalincomefromthe isusedexclusivelyforthepaymentofthemortgage,andnecessaryrepairstothebuilding.Protocolsfortheuseoftheauditoriumisbeingformulatedandseveralrequestshavebeenreceivedfortheuseofthishall.Revenuefromthiswillalsohelptodefraythecostofutilitiesandupkeep.Careofthisedificeasyouknowisimportant-hencedomesticswerecontractedonaregularbasisforboththeinteriorandmaintenanceonaregularbasisforboththeinteriorandmaintenanceofexterior(physicalstructure)andgrounds.

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2Asyouwouldnoticethree(3)airconditionunitswerepurchasedtoproducethecomfortweneedduringthewarmermonths.Inadditionanotherunitwaspurchasedasapartoftheagreementforthe.1argerofficeandcarpetingwasalsoinstalled.Itwouldbefoolhardyofustoignorethefactthatweareinahurricanezone.Thereforestormshutterswerealsopurchasedforprotectionintheeventofstorms.Thefinalprotective.measurewillbe ihe installationofmetalbarstothefrontentrance-negotiationsarepresentlybeingmadeforthesetobeinstalledassoonaspossible.Nomajorsocialfundraisingwasheldduringtheyear-duetountowardcircumstances.However,astheTreasurerreportedwewereandstillareabletobalanceourfinancesandremaininthe"b 1ackIIAsreportedamembershipdrivewasiniatedandamajorincreaseinmembershipwasrealized.thishelpedtremendouslyin ourincome.Ifeelhowever,thatitisimportantthatallMemberswhohavenotyetpaidtheirpledgeofonehundreddollars($100)shouldconsidertheimportanceanddosowithhaste.EDUCATIONAnotherhighmomentinouraccomplishmentfortheyearwasthepresentationoftheRoywestScholarshiptoStaffNurseJanethDavis-whoispresentlyenrolledinamidwiferyprogrammeatU.C.H.Jamaica.Accordingtoreportsreceivedsheismaintainingaveryhighstandardofperformance.Wecontinuetowishhereverysuccess.

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3AsIhavetoldyouthisavenueforscholarshipsisongoing D andseveralapplicationsarebeingprocessedforsubmissiontoRoywestforadditionalscholarships.MembersareremindedthataletterofacceptanceattheInstitutionmustbereceivedbeforethescholarshipcanbegranted.WearealsoaffordedfullpartiiipationinWorkshopsheldbytheMinistryofHealthontheNursingProcess.InvitationswereextendedtoallNursesinprivatepractice-manyofwhomembracedtheopportunitytobeexposedtothisveryimportantconcept.TheAssociationwasfortunatetohavebeeninvitedtosendfour(4)NursestoattendaWOrkshopon"Protocolsof0 .. careofCancerPatients".ThiswasofferedbyMsCarrolHughesofEducationalExcursions,AtlantaGeorgia.Applicationsforthe3Mscholarshipwereinvitedbutasusualtherewasnoresponse.Membersareencouragedtotake ofthisofferingforprofessionaldevelopment.YourAssociationcontinuestomaintainMembershipin:INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL 'OF NURSES -andas tisual regularcorrespondenceandimportantcurrentnursinghealthliteraturearereceived.COMMONWEALTHNURSES FEDERATION -WewerehonouredbyavisitfromtheSecretaryGeneralinOctoberthisyearwhoexpressedherspecialdelightinbeingabletovisitus.CARIBBEAN NURSESASSOCIATION-AsyouknowyourAssociationwasrepresentedbytwo(2)membersMrsGloriaFergusonandMrsGwendolynBriceatthe12thBiennialConferenceheldinStThomas

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4VirginIslands,inOctober.Bothofficersreportedthattheexperiencewasrewardingandthankyouforaffordingthemtheopportunitytoattend.Allmembersareurgedtotakeadvantageoftheliteraturereceivedandtheconferencesforthebenefitgainedareinvaluabletoprofessionalgrowth.COMINGEVENTSI.C.N-C.N.R.-MeetingAugustnextNewZealand.I.C.N.CongressKoreaJune1989.WeurgeyOUtostartsavingnowtoattendtheseveryimportantevents.Wewouldlikealargecontingenttoaccompanytherepresentative.NationallyMembershipcontinuesontheNursingCounciloftheBahamas-three(3)members-President,MrsCelesteLockhartandMrsEvelynAlfredwillservefor1987.-NationalHealthEducationCOuncil-NationalHealthInsuranceWorkingPartyCollegeoftheBahamas/MinistryofHealthAdvisoryCommitteeWeareencouragedtomaintainourinvolvementintheseorganizationsinordertohavetheVoiceofthe Ntirses heardatthedecisionmakinglevels.OTHERACTIVITIES:-BloodPressureClinics-Bahamas ofCommerce-AerobicclassesPlansnotcompleted:--MotherCraftClasses-Helpwith expenses

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5HelpwithotherscholarshipexpensesSoftLoansPension/GroupInsuranceAtameetingwithMinistryofHealth,inOctober,severalissueswerediscussed:-(1)FullrecognitionbyMinistryofHealthastheofficialconsultativevoiceoftheProfessionalintheBahamas(2)QuarterlyMeetingwiththePermanentSecretary,MinistryofHealth(3)OfficialleaveforthePresidenttocarryoutworkoftheAssociationandothermatters.

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Caregivers,ReachingOutToTouchOneAnotherbyMarinaE.SandsBA. RN.RM.

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Topic:ANNUALCONFERENCEKEYNOTEADDRESSBy:MrsMarinaE.SandsCaregivers TouchOneAnotherMadamDirectorandMadamDeputyDirectorofNursing.Othermembersofthenursinghierachy.MrPresidentandmembersofExecutiveBoardoftheNursesAssociationoftheBahamas.Mynursingcolleaguesandco-workers.Goodmorning.isitimportant?Isitnoteworthy?woulditevokeattention?is'itofItwaswithprofoundpleasurethatIacceptedtheinvitationtospeaktoyouthismorningonthethemeofthistheTenthNursesAssociationoftheBahamasAnnualConference.Jandidn'thavetotwistmyarmatall."CaregiversReachingOutToTouch.OneAnother".Iwouldalsoliketocongratulatethepersonorpersonsresponsibleforchoosingsuchatimelytheme.Toassistmeinacceptingthisassignment,Iimmediatelysetupthree(3)criterias:1.Significance2.Interest3.Manageabilityspecialorgenuineinteresttomeandothers?canthissubjectbedevelopedwithintheallowedtimeframe?CanIcontrolitandnottalkonandonneverreachingaconclusion?

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.. 2.IacceptedandnowI amreadytorollupmysleevesandmixmortar.Thecoreofthepracticeofnursingistheindividual.WhenI say individualIcangoonbrainstormingadinfinitumthinkingofnotionsandideasrelatedtothatconcepte.g.patient,co-worker,colleague,mother,father,son,daughter,husband,nurse,caregiveretc.etc.HoweverI'llchoosethewordcaregiver and equateitwiththeword"nurse".Thehumanmindatbirthisviewedashavingnoinnateideas---likeacleanstate,orasthephilosopherscallit"tabulaRasa".Itismaturityandexperiencesthatcontinuallycreateideasandimagesonthisslate. ". BythetimewegraduatefromNursingSchoolourslatesarecrowdedwithamultiplicityofconceptsthatserveaswindowstoopenourmindstonewworldsofphenomenathatwemighthaveneverknownexisted.Weareinthis becauseservicetootherpeopleisadominantappeal.Medicineingeneralandnursinginparticularhasshiftedtheemphasisinpatientcarefromthealmostexclusiveconcentrationonthepatientsdiseasetoconsiderationofthewholepatienti.e.theholisticviewilluminatingthefactthatmindandbodyareinextricablybound __ cannotbeseparatedonefromtheother.e.g.ifyoufractureyourlittletoewhenthe pain startsyouwillknowthatthisistrue.We,too,areboundtogether,notinextricablybutbythevalues,policies,commitmentetc.relativetocaregiving.Thatis

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3.whywemustpossessandcontinuallydevelopabodyofknowledge Q that can bea"ppliedtoourpractice.ForcaregiversthisisimperativelLifeasacaregiver isnqt alwayspeachesandcreamespeciallywhenitrequirescontactwithindividualswhomwemayconsiderunattractiveaswellasattractive.Learningtoacceptthisfactandtogiveexcellentnursingcareregardlessofone'sownfeelingsrequiresmuchselfdisciplineandskillininterpersonalrelations/communication.PresentlyweareimplementingtheNursingProcessintothehospital.Itisworkingtothegoodnotonlyforpatientcarebutalsoitissending us backtoourbooksforfurther ..orientationtothiswidelyacclaimedphilosophyofcaringanditisencouraginginvolvementofallhealthteammembersandthepatient.Seehowitisaffectingcommunication.Inthistheme:"CaregiversReachingOutToTouchOneAnother",doIdetectunderstonesofan existing deficitin communication? See thisiswhyIchoseinterestasacriterionforacceptingthisassignmentlIfthisissowhy??Haveweforgottenthatthepracticeofnursingisinterpersonalinnature?Weworkhardatestablishingatherapeuticrelationshipwithourpatientsandtheirfamiliesbutwehardlyworkatmaintainingasupportiverelationshipwitheachother.Someofusareafraidtobeberealwitheachotherbecauseofthefearofbeingmistrusted,rejected.

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judged,hurt,enviedetc.4Thisisso.Ontheotherhanditisnormalcyforsomeofustobeevilandmalicious.But'thankGodsomeofusarestilljewels,too.Thisisreal.Today we havecometogethertoremoveourmasksandfascadesthat we oftenwearandmakeourselvesknowntoeachotherandshowourselvesinwaysthatotherscanperceive us 'selfdisclosure,itiscalledoropenness.Isitbecauseweareunwillingtoselfdisclose?(NothowparliamentariansdobesidesbeingunwillingI'llbeashamed)smile.JohnPowellsaysinhisbook"WhyAmIAfraidTOTellWhoIAM".IfItellyouwhoI amandyoudonotlikemewhatam IgoingtodobecauseI amallIhaveII.SomeofyoumightbeawarethatlastweekwestartedaRoleBasedTrainingCoursewithNo.II'satPrincessMargaretHospital__gearedtowardsenrichingtheirjobsinsuchaway as toencouragethemtoperformbetterandhopefullyactasrolemodelsforotherstaffmembers.Oneofthefirstissueswehadtodealwithwasknowingourselves.Thelecturerintroducedustoadevicecalledthe"Johari"Window,designedbypsychologistsJosephLuftand'HarryIngham,toshowhowselfdisclosureoperatesininterpersonalcommunication.I'llillustrate

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b FRAME #1 -EverythingAboutYouImaginethereisaframewhichcontainseverythingthereistoknowaboutyou:Yourlikesanddislikes,yourgoals,yoursecrets,yourneedseverything.Ofcourseyouarenotawareofeverythingaboutyourself.Likemostpeopleyouareprobablydiscoveringnewthingsaboutyourselfallthetime.Torepresentthisaspect,wecandividetheframecontainingeverythingaboutyouintwoparts #2 everythingaboutyourself

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o6FRAME 112 Thepart.youknowabout,andthepartofwhichyouarenotaware.Wecanalsodividetheframecontainingeverythingaboutyouinanotherway. 113 KnowntoselfNotknowntoself

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7FRAME 1/3 Inthisdivisiononepartrepresentsthethingsaboutyouthatothersknow,andthesecondpartcontainsthethingsaboutyouthatyoukeeptoyourself.WhenweimposethesetwodividedframesoneatoptheotherwehaveaJohariWindowknowntoothers. 1/4 notknowntoothers

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8FRAME 114 JohariWindowYoucanseeJoharidivideseverythingaboutyouintofourparts.Part1representsthepersonofwhombothyouandothersareaware.ThisareaiscalledyouropenKnowntoSelfarea.NotKnowntoSelfKnowntoothersNotknowntoothers12OPENBLIND34HIDDENUNKNOWN

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9Part2representsthepartofyouthatyouyourselfarenotawareof,butothersare.Thisiscalledyour'blindarea.Part3representsyourhiddenarea;youareawareofthispartofyourself,butyoudon'tallowotherstoknowit.Part4representsthepartofyouthatisknownneithertoyounortoothersandisthereforereferredtoastheunknownarea.Asonegetsmoreinsightintoopenness,theseblind,hiddenandunknownareasdecrease'tendnottobeaslarge.Arelationshipislimitedbyanindividualwhoislessopen.Actually,interpersonalcommunicationofanysignificanceis virtua+ly impossibleiftheindividualsinvolveddonothavesomeopenareasthatopennessisnecessary.

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u10Soyousee.caregivers.makingyourselvesknowntoyouandtoeachothershowingyourselvesinawayotherscanperceiveyoubeingopen representingthepersonofwhombothyouandothersareawareorbelonginginPartIofyourJahariWindowistantamount/equivalenttoreachingout.Reachingouttotouchoneanothersnotonlyinaphysicalsensebutinamentalsenseaswell.Therelationshipthatexistsbetweenusinonlyasgoodasitscommunication.Haveyoueverexperiencednotbeingabletogettoknowsomeonebecauseheorshewastooreservedorclosed?Orperhaps havefrustratedanotherperson'sattemptstobuildarelationshipwithyouforthesamereasons.Ontheotherhand.haveyoueverexperiencedtheeffectofwhenyouropennessmeetsanother'sopenness?Communicationflows e.ffort1essly.eg.TraveIling0nap1anesittingnexttoanopenperson.Youseethereisacertainamountofhonestyanddepthexhibitedincommunicationbetweenonewhoknowsandacceptsoneselfandthoseotherswhoknowhim/herassuch.Thatiswhatitisallabout.

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c u11IreadyouaquotefromFatherJohnPowell(Ilikehim)."IfyouandIcanhonestlytelleachotherwho 'we are.that is. whatwethink.judge.feel.value.love.honourandesteem.hate,fear,desire.hopefor.believeandarecommitedto,thenandthenonly can eachofusgrow".AfewweeksagoIwaslisteningtoRev.SimeonHallspeakonhappiness,onMorningDevotionswhileIwasdrivinghornefrommyusualmorningexercises.Hesaidthathappinesscouldbesought,taught,caughtbutneverbought.Sotrue.Icouldnothelpbutthinkofhowhappywewouldallbeifweascaregivers betaughttobesoughtandcaughtinPositionIintheJohariWindow,sothatinterpersonalcommunicationcansoimprovetopervadetheentirehealthcaresystemresultinginpositivesequellaelike:1.Betterrelationship2.Superiormentalhealth3.SelfconceptdevelopmentWithalltheseonboardimprovedstandardsofpatientcarewouldbeaguaranteeinallthehealthcarefacilitiesinthisCommonwealth.Lestweforgetthenegative toselfdisclosure/openness.Adler,RosenfeldandTowne,authorsofthebook"Interplay"citethe ofmanypeopleinoursocietytocommunicatewithothersasaforceactingagainstselfdisclosure.Theymaynotfeargettingintouchwiththemselvesbuttheymayfear

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'". u12lettingothersgetintouchwiththem.GerardEgan,viewingselfdisclosurefromasociologicalperspectivepositsthattherearetwoforcesthatcanworkagainstit:(a)Culturalbanbasedontheviewthatopensharingisasignofweakness,exhibitionismormentalillness.(b)Asocietywidecultivationofthe"lie" as awayoflife.Thisforceisrelatedtothebeliefthatmisinterpretationisnecessarytoacquireandmaintainpowerandwealthinsociety.Anotherdrawbackisthatyourhonestymighthurtanotherperson'sfeelings.e.g.withC,e1este."Wellsinceyouasked.thecolourofthatdressnothingforyou".Concluding.letusembracethis todaytoponderanewthemasteringoftheactofself-disclosure which bythewayalsoleadstoselfawareness;andevenafterweleaveheretodayletus toremainintouch.maintainourhumannessandallowour re1ationahips toexperiencenewbonding.CaregiversReachOut and OneAnotheropenuptooneanother.Relate.Behuman.Ihumblyandearnestlyinvokeagainthepresenceofasweet,sweet,spiritin place.Thankyou.

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THENURSESASSOCIATIONCOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMASELECTEDOFFICERSPresidentlstVicePresident2ndVicePresidentSecretaryAsst.SecretaryTreasurerAsstTreasurerSTANDING COMMITTEESMissErnestineDouglasMrsEvelynBoyd-AlfredMsJuanitaGreenMsBernadetteEllisMrsSandraJohnsonMrsCastellaBowlegMrsPearlRahming(Chairpersons)Education & ResearchSocial&EconomicWelfareMembershipNursingPractice & StandardsPublicity&PublicRelationsMrsMarinaSandsMrsPatriciaBethelMrs'ShirleySmithMrsPamrekaFergusonMrsWillimaeStuart

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PRESIDENT'SOUT-GOINGADDRESS---_._----SECONDBIENNIALINSTALLATIONCEREMONYDECEMBER1986MrLutherSmithPermanentSecretary,MinistryofHealthMrsVetaBrownUndersecretary,MinistryofHealth,DistinguishedGuest,Colleagues:Areviewofour"Archives",afewdaysago,revealedthaton30thMay,1947afewcourageousandvisionarynursingcolleaguesbannedtogethertoformwhatwenowknowastheNursesAssociationoftheCommonwealthoftheBahamas.Thisbravestep,cameatatimewhentheroarofgunsofWorldWarIIwerescarcelysilentacrosstheAtlantic.Coulditbethe ..'" surgeofNewBirththatusuallyfollowtheupheavalofwarthatmotivatedthosepioneers?-Historydoesnottell!However,whatevertheforce,thatsmallandarduousbeginningsetthestagefornursesintheBahamastobeseenasaunifiedgroupofprofessionals,willingtocampaignforandinitiate withintheirranksandmethodofpractice.Despitenumeroushandicapsencountered,frustratingobstaclesandthethroesofcolonialism,theyperseveredandwhileprogresswasslowandnumbersjustovertwenty,(20)theimpetusinitiatedbythosesuffragettesprevailed.Astimeevolved Bnd theselfimageofthenurseandtheAssociationincreasedmorenursesbecameinvolvedandtodaywebbastamembershipofalmostfivehundred(500)mightsay"We'vecome.alongwaybaby",butIcautionyouthatwehaveyetalongwaytogo.

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2Itwasfour(4)yearsagoladiesandgentlementhantheBatonofLeadershipforthispioneeringorganizationwaspassedtomebymypredecessorMrsCelesteLockhart.Withherusualcharm,enthusiasmandburstingenergy,likethatofanathleteinamarathon-sheseemedtohavesaid-holdtightly,run!-win!.TheseunspokenwordswerethedrivingforcethatimpelledmeduringtheseyearsIservedasPresidentofthisgreatassociation.Tonight,therefore,asItakearetrospectiveglanceatthe"Troack".I amjustlyproudtosayinthewordsofStPaul,"Ihavefoughtagoodfightand I've finishedthecourse."Notbymyselfletmehastentoadd,forhaditnotbeenfortheencouragementanduntiringsupportofmyteamexecutiveboardmembers,cheeringmeon,veryfewofthoseobjectivessoenthusiasticallyformulatedwouldhavebeenachieved.Thepathtofulfillmentandattainmentofthesegoalswerenotnicelypavedandframedinever-bloomingflowers-ohno!oftentimesthingswererough-thereweretimeswhenIknewIbitofmorethanIcouldchew-butthroughitall,Istoodtall-anddidit.Colleagues,asIcompletemysecondterminofficeasyourpresident,I amtemptedtobaskinmytriumphswhileinofficeorevenrecountmytroubles-Iimaginethat,thatisahumanelement.However,Ishant,forthepresentevidencestandsastestimonytowhatwasdoneandIsincerelywishthatanygoalsachievedwouldandshouldonlybeseenasthestepping

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3stonestotheultimatelevelofexcellence-professionalexcellence-whichistheepitomeoforganizationalaccomplishment.Presently,theNursingprofessionisfacedwithawaveof:Newtechnologyinhealthcaredelivery;Anewbreedofcandidateenteringtheprofession;theproverbialcryofinadequatestaffing,shortageofneededsupplies,equipmentandotherresources;thetermprimaryhealth isfrequentlymentionedbutthecurativehealthcaresystemisstillprimarilyfocusedonillnessratherthanprimaryhealth;itisprojectedbyworldHealthorganizationthateightytoeightyfivepercentofprimaryhealthcarecanbegivenbyNursesandthepotentialcapabilityofnursestoprovidethisserviceiswellrecognized.However,inthepastthemajorityofnurseshavebeeneducatedinawaythatmaynotberelevanttothisnewchallenge;onefinds'alsothatthroughouttheworldmoreNursesarebettereducatedthaneverbefore(TheBahamasBeingnoException)yetthereisconcernbymanythattheirpreparationhas!:emphasizedtheirroleincurativemeasurestoanexcessiveextent,somuchso,thatithashamperedtheadvancementofknowledgeandskillsinthecaringaspectsofNursingPractice;thesearebutafew-thetaskaheadisstillenormous.Hereathornetheprognosislookspromisinghowever,workshopsconductedbytheMinistryofHealthontheNursingprocesshasprovidedallinterestednurseswiththeopportunitytobeexposedtotheconceptsoftheprocess-andchangesincurricula

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4wouldundoubtedlybringaboutrevolutioninthepresentemphasisandMethodologyofnursingcaredelivery.WhatcanthisAssociationdo-howdoesitplantofeatureindecisionstofacethesechallengesandfindanswerstotheseissues....?WeareindeedheartenedbythewillingnessshownbytheMinistryofHealthtomeetwiththeAssociationtodiscussmattersofmutualconcern.Itismyhopethatthisavenuewillcontinueandthroughthismedium,worthwhilesolutionsmaybefoundforthemanyhealthproblemsthreateningtheveryfibreofthisNation.Colleagues,ladiesandgentlemen-Ihavefinishedmyracethetrackisclearedandtheshotshavealreadybeenheardfortheothertobegin.AsIstandasthefirsttocheerthenewleaderandherteam,thequestionresounds-whatoftomorrow?Iwillsay,thatyouhaveenteredatacrucialjuncture,whenitseemstomeasiftheassociationisfacedwithadorbodingairofprofessionalsluggishnessandaneedforrenewedvitalityamongourpeers.Allisnotlosthowever,forwehavereasontohopetherearestillafewamonguswhozealouslyguardandupholdthehighstandardsforwhichourpredecessorsfought-stillafewwhothroughuntiringcommitmentandeffort,supporttheorganizationto.enhanceitsprogress.Iurgeyoutostandfirmtherefore,fostersustainedcredibility;becarefulnottoappeartorespondonlytoincidenceswhichstirstheemotionandstandtocompromisetheorganization.

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".5Besteadfastinyourquesttofacethechallengesahead.Neverfalter,"Forthereismuchmorelandtobepossessed."1thankyou.

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NURSESASSOCIATIONOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMASINAUGURAL ADDRESS -by:MissErnestineJ.DouglasOurPermanentSecretary,MrLutherSmith;MyGoodFriendandImmediatePastPresident,MrA.B.LaRoda;LadiesandGentlemen;Colleagues,GoodEvening.IwouldfirstliketothankAlmightyGod(inthewordsofmylatecousin,SirMileB.Butler)forbringingmeto day,thisvery hiah honor,whichyouyouhavebestoweduponme,toserveasyourPresidentisindeedahumblingexperience.Approximatelyfour(4)yearsago,whentheimmediatePastPresidentofferedhimselfupforthepresidencyoftheAssociation.Ihadalsogivenseriousconsiderationtotheidea,butasmyfriendseemedmorekeenthatI,Itookthedecisiontowithdrawandgivehimabetterchanceofwinning.My anddearfriend,MrsEloisePenn,wassomewhatdisappointedthatIhaddoneso.Beingthe goodAnglicanthat I amhowever,IbelieveintheCommunionofSaintsso1believe,I ampursuadedthattonight,sheisquitepleasedwithmybelateddecision.Ihavebeentryingtoidentifyinmyownmind,whenIdecidedthatIwouldpresentmyselfasacandidateforthePresidency,andIcouldnot,butwheneveritwas,itwasMrLaRoda,whoquitehesitantlyapproachedmewiththeidea,seeminglyfearfulof.myresponsebecauseheknowsmesowell,wellitworkedbecausehereIstand.HeevenmanagedtoarrangeitsothatIwouldhaveno andhence,noexcuse.

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2Idon'tknowifanyofyoumembersoftheassociation,werestruckbythefactasIwas,thatwiththeexceptionoftheAssistantSecretary'spost,alloftheotherslateofOfficershavebeenelectedunopposed.Intryingtoanalyze ..... thisphenomena,twoquestionscametomind:-1.Whethernothavinganyoppositionwasduetotheresoundingfaithwhichyouhadinourabilitytoserve?2.Orwhetherinfactthemembershipdonothavetheinclinationtoserve?Itrustthatitistheformerratherthanthelatter,becauseifisisthelatterIviewthisasasadcommentaryonourAssociation,thisstateofaffairsremindedmeofsomewordstakenfromIsiah"WhomshallIsend,andwhowillgoforus?ThenIsaid"HereI amLordsendme".Ibelievethatweareliving averyexcitingtime, .. notonlyinourworldandnation,butinNursingintheBahamasaswell.(Mysisterwhoispresentherethisevening,sincerelybelievesthatnotonlydoInevergetexcited,butcannotforthatmatter).ThiseveningIwanttodispelthatmyth,aswhenIthinkofthepossibilitiesthatexistforthisAssociationandtheprofessiononNursingintermsofwhatwecantogether asacohesivebody,it melItisaknownandundisputedfactthatNursesinanycountryformthelargestbodyofcaregivers,veryoften,weasNurses,boastofthisbutareweusingthistoourcredit?Arewecapatalizingonthisfact?

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.. Yesterday,ourconferencewasofficiallyopenedhereatLongleyHouse,incloseproximateytothehospital,threeofourveryownNursesresearchedandveryeloquentlyandably,expoundedontheConference'stheme.butNurses,wouldyoubelieve-that we werenotabletofillthesefewchairs.If we areseriousaboutourAssociationandProfession. we muststartbysupportingtheeffortsofourAssociationwithourpresence.WhichbringsmenowtoanotherconcernthatIhave.Atpresent. we havebeenabletoprocurethecommitmentof four hundredplus(400+)Nursesonthecheckofsystem.Thatisindeedlaudable.WIthoutthatkindofeffortonyourpart,tonight.wewouldhavehadtoseekalternateaccomodation".elsewhere.However,membershipinanorganizationdemandsmorethangivingthreedollars($3.00)permonthorwhatevertheduesstipulated.Ioncereadthat"wegivebutlittlewhen e giveofourpossessions.itiswhenwegiveourselvesthatwetrulygive."Mydearcolleagues,whatourAssociationsorelyneedsare.memberswhoarewillingtogiveofthemselvessothatwecancontinuetobuildthisAssociation into anenviableone. pn manyoccasions.thosefaithfulfewofus.whohaveagainstgreatoddsandoftentimediscouragementbeenfightingto thisassociationviable.have ourselvedthequestion,"AretheNursesintheBahamasdifferent or anylesscommittedtotheidealsofhershosenprofessionthanher

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r4counterpartinotherpartsoftheworld?"Ihaveconcludedthat,inherently,sheisnot.Ibelievethatanythingpossibleandpositivethattheycando, we canalsodo.Oneofthegreatchallengesthatfacesmy new teamofofficersandmyselfisthatoffindingtheformulactomotivateourpeerstoseetheneedtoriseupandinvolvethemselvesintheAssociationHow oftenhaveyouheardorcommentedyourself."WhatistheAssociationdoing?"Restassuredthatyourlackofparticipationdelimitswhat we cando-yourAssociationneedseachofyou.Ourthemeforthisconferenceisawell outandtimelyone,thatis,CAREGIVERSREACHINGOUTTOTOUCHONEANOTHER.thekeynotespeaker,aswellastheother two speakersemphasizedtouchingourcolleagues.intheworkplace.Iwouldliketo,ifImight.extendthattoreachingouttonursesnotonlyintheworkplacebuttoourcolleagueswhoduetovariousreasons. are nolongerintheworkplace.Howoftendo we notseeourcolleaguesaftertheyhaveretiredoraresick,untilwearesummonedtoattendtheirfunerals.(thismightsoundabitmorbid),butshouldnotweascolleagues.setupthemachinerywhereby we caninstituteandimplementaplanforthepurposeofdirectingattentiontothisimportantarea.Admittedly,thisideawasmuchtalked about duringthelastadministration,andsomestridesmade. We. hopetoseethiseffortfullymobilizedveryearlyduringthisadministrativeterm.

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5Anothermatterofconcerntomeisthatofpatientcare.Fartoooften,membersofourprofessionarecriticizedbytheconsumersforthealledgeddeliveryofpoorqualitynursingcare.Tomymind,thereisnoexcuseforthisasweshouldatalltimesstriveforexcellenceinourpursuits,particularlythatofcaringforthepatientsthatweareprivilegedtoserve.I amawarethattheareaofcontinuingeducationhasbeenofconcerntoourAssociationforsometime.Consequently,attentionwillbedirectedtowardthisthroughthestrengtheningoftheeducationandresearcharmoftheAssociation.Educationishowever,apersonalexperience,wecanencourageandwecanteach,buttheeagernessanddesiretolearnmustcomefrom withinanindividual.Werecognizehowever,thatitisourprofessionalresponsibilitytoencouragethetypeofenvironmentconducive tolearningandtoprovidethestimulationandleadershipwhichwillmotivateeachofustoachievethehighestlevelofprofessionalaccomplishment.Iwouldliketo,atthistime,takethisopportunity to commendandcongratulateMrLaRoda,andhisexecutivebodyforajobwelldone,IhaveonmyownaccountbeinginspiredbyMrLaroda'shighlevelofcommittment,hisableleadership,andtenacityofpurposeduringhistenureinoffice.

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6Tonight,lowe much tomany.Iwouldberemisstherefore,ifIdidnotpaytributetoafewpersons.Firstofall,tomyfamilywhohavealwaysbelievedinmeandmyabilitytoachieve: my grandmother,(whotaughtmemorethananynursingschoolortextbookaboutcaring):mymother;myson,Ron;mysister;cousins;andmyfriends,whom Ialsoregardasmyfamily,buttonight,myAuntWill,MrsWilliseRobinson,whoreallyisresponsibleforyouhavingaPresidenttonightbecauseitwasshewhohadavisiontwenty-seven(27)yearsagoofmybeinganurse(recountstory).WheneventhingsgowrongformeinNursing,Iblameher.Whentheygowell,liketonight,Ipraiseher.AuntWill,thankyouforallyou havedone.lowealsoagreatdebtofgratitudetoMsHilda Bowen,formerDirectorofNursing(whoisunabletobeheretonight),whosoughtanavenueforpostbasicpreparationforthosenurseslikemyself,whohadtakenthedecisiontopursue ourbasictraininghereathomeandremaintoholdthefort,asitwere,Miss thankyouverymuch.Thisactiononherpart,formedthecatalystformyacademicpursuitsandachievements.Finally,Iwouldliketo,onbehalfofthenewlyelectedofficersandmyself,thankyouforthetrustwhichyouhavereposedinus.YouhavecuasedwhatIbelievetobeagoodteamto come intooffice.Wepledgeourselvestoproveworthyofyourtrust.anew.Wealso,atthistime,inviteyoutorecommityourselvesWerecognizeandacceptthattonight,wehaveassumedanawesomeresponsibilitybutweareundaunted.Weacceptthe

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..J 7challengeandlooktowardsthefuturewithhope.Admittedlywehavenotchosenaneasypartbutthennothingworthwhileiseasy.Weareconfidentthatwearegoingtoachievegreatthingsbecausewearepersuadedthat."WecandoallthingsthroughChristwhostrengthensus."Thankyouandgoodevening...