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Zenith awards programme
Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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Nurses -- Bahamas -- Biography
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Nurses -- Bahamas -- Awards
Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas -- History


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Theme for the Gala: Nurses: Champions for Health and Sustainable Development Held: 9th December 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Baha Mar Convention Arts & Entertainment Center, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
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Includes a brief history of the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
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Under the Theme : "NURSES: CHAMPIONS FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. The BahaMar Convention, Arts & Entertainment Center Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas DRESS CODE: FORMAL Complimentary Ticket




M E SSAG E FROM HER EXCELLENCY DAME MARGUERITE PlNDLING G O V ERNOR G E N ERAL COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS It is a great pleasure to extend salutations to the Honourees of the 2nd Biennial Zenith Awards by the Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. These profession als are products of the nursing and healthcare fields which, I believe to be a vocation rather than just a career. Many people in our society depend upon the work which healthcare professionals perform, and indeed your professionalism is a positive contribution to the overall development of our Bahamas, where the health of our people must always be a priority as we continue to main tain our beautiful Country The vital role which you play is therefore fundamental to the maintenance of a healthy society where the productivity of our people is enabled to enrich the lives of all Bahamians who are patently aware of the many sacrifices you make, and the endless hours of study and clinical practicums which you must undertake Your commitment is critical in the delivery of healthcare to the entire Bahamas and I there fore encourage all of you to continue to prov i de the high levels of professional care for which you are well-known As recipients of this prestigious Zenith Award, you are deservedly reaping the reward which results from good service and I am delighted to share in this expression of appreciation. I am sure that I speak for all Bahamians and others who benefit from your services, and I wish you every success on this special occasion and congratulations on your achievement and recognition Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling Governor General Commonwealth of The Bahamas


MESSAGE FROM THE HON. DR. DUANE E. SANDS MINISTER OF HEALTH COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS It is a pleasure for me to join in the celebration of the achievements of the nurses who will be honoured, as well as the celebration of the observance of the 70th Anniversary of the Nurses' Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at this 2"d Biennial Zenith Awards Presentation. This evening's honourees represent nurses from throughout the islands of The Bahamas. They have all displayed a high level of dedication, compassion and expertise in the performance of their duties. In my capacity as the Minister of Health, it is with great pride and admiration that I com mend these nurses for their distinguished service. Their provision of quality health care ser vices to patients under sometimes difficult circumstances has set the standard along with a remarkable example to be followed by those who will enter the nursing profession in the future. On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I therefore thank our honourees for the many years of selfless service that they have rendered to a grateful nation. The Nurses' Association has a rich history that (through its members) is inextricably linked to that of the Ministry of Health and the development of our healthcare system Conse quently, the Ministry of Health and the Nurses' Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas enjoy a longstanding cordial relationship I am committed to continue our cordial collaboration, and pledge my support for your efforts. It is my hope that this organization will remain vibrant, and that it will accomplish even greater feats in further advancing its goals and objectives to the benefit of its members and the people of The Bahamas. The Hon. Dr. Duane E. Sands Minister of Health Commonwealth of The Bahamas


MESSAGE FROM MS. PAULETTE CASH PRESIDENT, NURSES ASSOCIATI O N OF THE COMMO NWEALTH O F T HE B AHAMAS They may forget your name but they will never forget how you mode them feel" Maya Ange/ou It is a distinct pleasure and privilege to extend congratulation to you, on this our 70th Anniver sary Celebrations and 2nd Biennial Zenith Awards Our rich history and legacy of service is all because of your unwavering commitment to your noble profession and thirst for engagement in nation building. Your contributions span over generations and will forever be etched in the sands of time and in the hearts of our people whom you serve with respect, compassion and a caring spirit Your selection as an honoree validates that you are among the "creme of the crop" who have per formed with excellence in your various spheres of practice, as clinicians, nurse managers and administrators, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, advisors and consultants. The Association stands proud of your contributions and achievements and salutes you, as you receive your prestigious Zenith Award As you continue in your journey, as a practicing or re tired nurse I charge you to continue to be a voice for change that advances the health, social economic and cultural agenda of our beautiful country. Ms. Paulette Cash President Nurses Association Of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas MRS. CELESTE LOCKHART


THE NURSES ASSOC I AT I O N OF THE COMMON WEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OUR HISTORY. .. OUR LEGACY Nurse' Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB): A brief history The NACB has a long and interesting history when viewed through the lens of Bahamian labour history and, more specifically, Bahamian women' s history. Through its 70 years of existence, the NACB has evolved, championing the struggle for professional recognition of a predominantly female profession. The Origins Private Duty Nurses' Registry Labour history in the Bahamas began in the 1930s with the establishment of the Bahamas Labour Union and the Bahamas Federation of Labour. The Burma Road riot of 1942 was the tipping point -when Bahamian workers were paid less than imported American labour to build the Oakes Field airport. The unrest that en sued may have ignited consciousness i n all parts of society and all sectors of the economy, including nurses. In nursing, there was also a history of unfair differential in wages paid to Bahamian-trained nurses and the British Matron and nurses hired by the Bahamas government through the Colonial Nurses Association. A further schism was that the few Bahamians trained in hospitals in the United States and who then returned to the Bahamas were not able to work at the Bahamas General Hospital as their qualifications were not deemed to be equivalent to those of a British State Registered Nurse. As a result, these nurses had to find other employment, and as a result many worked as private duty nurses in people' s homes. The mild climate of the Bahamas was favourable for rest and recuperation, hence tourism industry had long promoted the country as a place for invalids or tourists wishing to escape the winter. Many well-heeled tourists brought a nurse with them, thus, the private duty nurses had competition for the few available jobs. In the early 1940s, Yvonne North, a Bahamian nurse trained in New York at the Lincoln School for Nurses, established the Private Nurses Registry. By banding together in an association, the private duty nurses could demand better wages from their private employers, ensure that local nurses would be hired and make their presence known to local physicians who needed nurses in their practices. Bahamas Graduate Nurses Association A nurses association was founded on May 30, 1947 by Nurses Rose Morrison Weir, Yvonne North and Vivienne Longley, with Virginia Gibson becoming its first president. The new association did not have a name at first, but had the objectives of improving the nurse' s conditions of work and protecting their interests. The famous Bahamian lawyer A.F. Adderley wrote the association' s constitution and called it the Bahamas Graduate Nurses Association (BGNA). Some of the achievements of this early association included the introduction of an 8-hour shift, making linkages among other health care professions and purchasing a plot of land on Jerome Avenue in Pyfrom' s Addition with the intention of building a nurse's residential home. Following in the steps of the first president were Naomi Walkes and Catherine Brown, each of whom served as president until Vivienne Longley, who became the association' s longest-serving president, 1959-1968.


the NACB was instrumental in establishing the National Nurses' Recognition Awards. The competition and awards held between 2002-2006 recognized excellence in the nursing profession and to honour to practicing nurses in both the public and private health sectors. NACB President Bernadette Ellis and Secretary Pandora Hanna met with Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Lois Symonette, and lobbied for the President of the Association to sit as a member of the Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Licensing Board that was established under statute in 1998 and was the first NACB President to sit on the Board. In addition, recognizing the amount of work required in order to accomplish the goals of the Association, President Bernadette Ellis negotiated with the Ministry of Health and received ap proval for the President, Secretary and Treasurer to have a full day MONTHLY OR WEEKLY rather than the half day on Wednesday to carry out the Association' s business. During Ampusam Symonette' s presidency, the NACB developed mission and vision statements and issued a newsletter. In October 2006 the NACB hosted the 25th Biennial conference of the Caribbean Nurses Organization. Over 450 members of the CNO and the Caribbean-American Nurses Association attended the silver anniversary CNO conference. A major achievement for the NACB was that 16 Bahamian nurses presented research papers. After having been inactive for several years, in 2004 the NACB signed a new contract with the ICN to reactivate the Leadership for Change programme. Dr Stephanie Ferguson came to the Bahamas to deliver training for the facilitators of the programme. Presidents Prescola Rolle (2006-2008), Rosemarie Josey (2008-201 0), Persephone Munnings (201 0-2012) along with Kateca Graham (2012-2014) and Paulette Cash (2014-2018) continued the tradition of Bahamian attending and presenting at regional and international nursing conferences, such as the ICN and the Common wealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, as well as, sponsoring annual research conferences locally. The themes of these conferences were bringing the members of the NACB into the debate about national health care and the role of nurses in building a healthier nation. NACB speech competition was started during the presidency of Rosemarie Josey and has become an annual event. During this period, the NACB moved to adopt new technology to communicate with its membership, as well as widen its membership beyond the island of New Providence. Association Secretary, Jennifer King (2006-2010) initiated email communication, the NACB website was launched under President Persephone Munnings, and the NACB Facebook page set up under Kateca Graham. And under Rosemary Josey's direction, the NCAB established a branch in Eleuthera. Recognizing that its nurse leaders need a global perspective on laws and regulations, policies, decisionmaking, as well as understanding how to build and maintain networks, the NACB has sent nurses in senior and executive level positions to the ICN-sponsored annual Global Nursing Leadership Institute each year since its implementation. After a hiatus of several years, the NACB reinstated an event to honour nurses in the Bahamas. The Zenith Award was conceived as a prestigious award to recognize nurses for their achievements


and contributions to nursing, healthcare, community service and national development. The Inaugural Zenith Award gala was held at Government House on November 15, 2014. In an effort to further enhance bargaining and negotiation skills that Bahamian nurse leaders need in today' s healthcare environment, the NACB offered the ICN' s Leadership i n Negotiation (LIN) programme over 12 months in 2014-2015, with nine nurses graduating in 2015. Mrs. Kateca Graham, Ms. Paulette Cash, Mrs. Willamae Stuart and Mrs. Rosemarie Josey served as faciliatators for the Programme. As well, the NACB negotiated a new contract with the ICN in 2014 to offer the Leadership for Change (LFC) program, this time offering the programme to nurses working outside of New Providence and as well as, to smaller island nations of the Caribbean. Mrs. Rosemarie Josey became the new National Coordinator and Mrs. Willamae Stuart became the Lead Facilitator. They offered the program to nurses in Grand Bahama in 2014 and 15 nurses participated and graduated. Other achievements in recent years have been to develop a conceptual Model of Nursing for the NACB, as well as, formulating position statements on aging and stem cell research. The NACB continues with its communitybased initiatives, educational forums, including a Nursing Research Day and annual Educational Forum, as well as, promotional activities to market the image of Nursing. Under the leadership of its current President, Dr. Paulette Cash (Ph.D), the Association has reactivated its Nurses' Relief Fund to assist nurses in crisis and is currently pursuing efforts to establish a National Nursing Foundation and Training and Development Institute. Additionally, the NACB remains focused on strengthening its strategic partnerships and affiliations for the advancement of the profession and advancement of the national, regional and global health agenda. As the Nurses' Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, it does so knowing that the role it has played in promoting the profession, in mentoring and education, improving the socio-economic welfare of nurses and raising the standards of nursing care and nursing leadership in the Bahamas will be its hallmark for the future. Note: Many documents produced by the Nurses' Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have been scanned and are available in an online repository called the Digital Library of the Caribbean: If you have graduation, banquet or funeral programmes, newspaper clippings, or photographs that you would like to contribute to this online resource, you will contribute by enriching our knowledge and appreciation for the role of nurses in building The Bahamas. Please contact the Nurses Association at or Virginia Ballance at


PRELUDE SEATI NG OF D I GNITARIES AND GUESTS ENTRANCE OF H ONOREES ENTRA NCE OF MINISTER OF HEALT H NATI ONAL ANTHEM MIS TRE S S O F C EREM O NY MRS. AUBYNETTE ROLLE Opening Prayer ....... . . ...... ..... .... ...... ..... . .... ....... ......... . . .... . . .... Mrs Pearline Williams Nurses Association Executive Welcome and Presentation of Patron .......... .......... ........ ....................... Ms Paulette Cash President of the Nurses Association Patron s Response ......... ........ ........................ ...... .... ...... ...... .... ........ Mrs. Celeste Lockhart c.o ( >nTe"!Ta/nntenf Introduction of Keynote Speaker Keynote Address .................... .............. ............. The Honorable Dr. Duane E Sands, M P SOFT DINNE R MUS I C Minister of Health Commonwealth of The Bahamas




PRESENTATION OF AWARDS The Honorable, Dr. Duane Sands, Minister of Health Ms Paulette Cash, President of the Nurses' Association Mrs. Rosemarie Josey, Regional Director CNMF Mrs Regina Ingraham, Regional Director, CNO AWARDS CATEGORIES Lifetime Achievement Award Distinguished Service to the Nurses' Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Advancement of the Nursing Profession and Contribution to National Development Organizational Leadership Award Outstanding Contribution to the Nursing Profession and Civic Service Distinguished Service in Nursing Education Outstanding Nursing Leadership Award Outstanding Service to the Nurses' Association Emerging Nurse Leader Award Outstanding Contribution to Prison Health Services Outstanding Service to Nursing Profession Royal Bahamas Police Force Outstanding Service to Nursing Profession Royal Bahamas Defence Force Honoree's Response Vote of Thanks ........... ... . ....... .......................... ............ ........... ...... ................ ........ Mrs. Prescola Rolle Co-Chair, 2nd Biennial Zenith Awards OFFLCLAL PHOTOGRAPHS MUSIC & DANCING FOR ALL


Distinguished Service to the NACB Elois e Rolle Rebecca Johnson Sherry Pinder Bernadette Brennen Lauralee Kemp Lisa-Stove! Rolle Ella Anderson Joanne Wilson Donne! Rolle Calverna Small Latoya Wells Pamela Smith Lakerah Rolle Bernadette Bethel-Colebrook Glendina Minus Marsha Minns Yvonne Clarke Judy Bridgewater Doreen Butler Advancement of the Nursing Profession and ational Development Marcel Johnson Lillian Charlton Rosa Mae Bain Ampusam Symonette Rose Thompson Annette Gloria Okpuno Constance Comery Theda Godet Emily Osadabey Jacquelyn Dean Julieth Minnis Charlene Bain Bernadette Ellis Laban Brown Philabertha Carter Jennifer King Anna Hall Post Humous Virgina Minnis-Mortimore Persephone Munnings Sandra Coleby Thelma McKenzie Dorcena Rolle Cherlyn Bain Valerie Miller Yvonne McKenzie Karol Mackey Jullian Mullings Outstanding Contribution to Nursing Profession and Civic Service Patricia Newbold Marlene Martinborough Carolyn Seymour Patricia Brown Sherrin Cooper Prince Forbes Distinguished Service in Nursing Education Dr Shirley Curtis Dr Christine Higgs Dr Theresa Adderley-Smith Shamel Sands Faye Johnson Arneta Clarke Elizabeth Grant Sharon Morley Esther Sherman Jolly Outstanding Nursing Leadership Award Patrice Solomon Eserina Rolle Eulie Lecky Narona Miller Joanne Brooks Karen Woodside Bernadette Saunders Deborah Fox


Outstanding Nursing Leadership Award (cont'd ) She r ry Armbri ste r Alice Neymour Cheryl Seymour Cherry Martin Kaytora Lightbourne Saunde r s Eldora Beneby Outstanding Contributions to the Nurses' Association Leah Rolle Rodreka Brown Marissa Tucker Valeria Ramirez Felicia ldegbesor Sheila Joy Vettickal Antonique Bullard Excellence 10 Climcal Practice Pamela McKenzie Shantel Poitier Jacqueline Newbold Sarah Turnquest Antoinette Cumberbatch Michelle Grey Quennie Ferguson Janet Hepburn Alicia Farquharson Sherria Stubbs Bridgette Cash Janey Missick Verdella Saunders Priscilla Scavella Helen Johnson Tandra Longley Kayla Stubbs-Coleby Paulette G:arter-Dean Dorothea Francis Rural Nursing Award Beulah Gibson-Carrol Bridgette Charlton Shantel Farrington-Ferguson Nadia Russell-Lewis Velma Dorsette Research and Innovation Award Margaret Dax on Jen Fernander Rolle Daphne Duncombe Emerging Nurse Leader Laurinelle Poitier Kimbley Josey-McPhee Sean Bullard Shan ice Simmons Cherie Blackmore Brown Outstandmg Nursing Student Tiajuana Been-McKenzie Outstanding Contribution to Prison Health SeT\ ices Edna Mae Tinubu Outstanding Service to the Nursing Profess1on Royal Bahamas Police Force Glenn Johnson Outstanding Service to the Nursing Profession Royal Bahamas Defence Force Derrick Ferguson SPECIAL AWARDS Individual Partner Award Virginia Balance Corporate Partner Award Island FM Radio 2nd Biennial Zenith Award Committee Chairpersons Mrs Prescola Rolle Mrs. Charlene Davis


We wish to thank all of the persons who have worked long hours preparing for the 701 h Anniversary Celebrations and this 2nd Biennial Awards presentations. My sincere gratitude is extended to ALL persons, members of the Executive teams, our Platinum Sponsor, Gold Sponsor, Corporate partners, healthcare institutions, or ganizations, individuals, families and friends of Nurses that have helped to make this a successful event Paulette Cash, President, Nurses' Association PLATINUM SPONSOFt MINISTRY OF HEALTH GOLD SPONSOR PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY


NURSE Congratulations to the honourees of this 2nd Biennial Zenith Award THE NURSES' ASSOCIATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS May God continue to strengthen you as you endeavor in this noble profession