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Retirement banquet in honour of retiree Hilda Douglas

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Retirement banquet in honour of retiree Hilda Douglas
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Nurses -- Biography -- Bahamas   ( lcsh )
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Retirement banquet held Friday, April 11, 2008 at Super Club Breezes.
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Biography of Mrs. Hilda Douglas, p. 5-6.

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Hilda Bowen Library
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Nassau Neurological and Neurodiagnostic Centre congratulations to Hilda Douglas former Lecturer and Chair of Nursing at The College of The Bahamas on her outstanding accomplishments & an extraordinary career Charles Rahming, M.D. (Board Certified Neurologist I Electrophysiologist) Mrs. Patrice Rahming, RN Nurse Manager


single pleasure to salute a fellow sister in Christ, a colleague and friend, Hilda Douglas, a nurse educator extraordinaire, whose love of nursing, vision and pioneering spirit, has transformed nursing education at The College and indeed The Bahamas at large. Hilda or Ms. Douglas as she is affectionately called by all nursing students who had the good fortune to experience her as teacher, counsellor and advocate, will testify to the fact that not only were they successful, particularly in the area of Nursing Management but their lives have been changed for the better. Hilda, the impressions of quality, the values and the sense of dignity you have displayed, will forever impact our lives and will be indelibly etched in our minds. Great men and women pass this way but once; and the world is the better by it, likewise nursing education is indeed richer, for you have passed this way and touched so many. May God grant you His peace and reward you richly for the many contributions you have made to the profession of nursing, in particular to nursing education and the many lives you have touched. -I-


Ceremony Chair :: Ms. Leah Rolle ENTRANCEOFHONOUREE Invocation and Blessing of the Food :: Father Mervyn Johnson Welcome :: Ms. Karol Mackey DINI\IER IS SERVED Tribute:: Ms. Nicola Ferguson Remarks : : Dr. Linda Davis, VP Research, Graduate Programmes & International Relations The College of The Bahamas Slide Presentation, Hilda Douglas as a friend :: Ms. Natalie Bonaby Hilda Douglas as a Nurse & Colleague :: Mrs. Rose Thompson Hilda Douglas as a Teacher/Mentor:: Mrs. Percephone Munnings Hilda Douglas as a Virtuous Women :: Mrs. Jacqueline Dean Tribute:: Ms. Shirley Curtis Shonell Douglas ::ENTERTAINMENT:: ::GIFT PRESENTATIONS:: ::HONOUREE RESPONSE:: Vote of Thanks :: Mrs. L. Deveaux-Stuart :: DANCING :: -&-


Mrs. Hilda M. Douglas, nee Johnson, a veteran Nurse Educator for more than 20 years, is the third child of Mervyn and Frances Johnson of Cameron Street, off Market Street. This intelligent, ambitious and humble young Christian lady took as her motto at an early age, "Always strive for excellence in all of one's endeavors". Her mission is to be obedient faithful and to God and to the call of her life and make a valuable contribution to the nursing profession, her church and the wider community. Mrs. Douglas obtained her early education at Woodcock Primary, Western Junior and Senior Schools and by 1966; she successfully completed her senior high school years with The Government High School. Her love for people, humble nature, caring attitude, and strong desire to help those in need coupled with her educational preparation led her to choose nursing as a career. Over the years, she attained many professional qualifications from studies she pursued locally and abroad. She is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and holds Certificates in Cardiovascular Nursing, First Line Management, and Advanced Nursing Education (Hons.). -3-She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1st Class Honours) and a Masters of Arts in Christian Counselling (Distinction), and participated in numerous professional development and general interest courses. Mrs. Douglas was employed by the Ministry of Health for some 15 years and had a wide range of clinical experiences at Princess Margaret Hospital in areas of Medical, Surgical Nursing, Intensive Care, Dialysis, Emergency, Pediatrics, Special Baby Care and Maternity Nursing. Additionally, she had clinical rotations at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Community clinics and Family Islands, namely Long Island and West End, Grand Bahama. After some ten years of deployment with Princess Margaret HospMI, she transferred to the Bahamas School of Nursing under the Registered Nurse Diploma programme. It was thereafter that she actively pursued a career in nursing education and was promoted up the ranks to Nursing Offrcer II, 1 and later to Senior Nursing Officer and Nursing Tutor within the Ministry of Health. After successfully completing her bachelor degree in nursing with honours, she was seconded in 1985 to work with the first associate degree nursing programme under The College of The Bahamas.


Her outstanding performance as a nursing lecturer, coupled with her excellent leadership ability and administrative capabilities, awarded her the position of Assistant Chairperson in 1993 and later Chairperson of the Nursing and Health Sciences Division, The College of The Bahamas, a position she held for four years up to July 2000. She describes her journey through the nursing profession as most rewarding and successful with some challenges along the way. She can be credited with many "firsts" in the profession. She often reminisces of being among the first staff nurses chosen to wof1( in Intensive Care (1969) and Dialysis (1975) when both became operational for the first time. Hilda was also instrumental in the curricular develop ment of the first Critical Care CertifiCate Course offered in 1985 which trained Registered Nursed to wof1( in the Intensive Care Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital. Mrs. Douglas was the first Bahamian nurse who went to pursue the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme (1983) offered by the Nursing Department, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and successfully completed first class honours. She was seconded in 1985 as the first nursing lecturer to teach alone with the coordinator in the first associate degree nursing programme, under The College of The Bahamas. Hilda participated in the ongoing development and implementation of this programme and taught the majority of the first nursing courses. She coordinated the curricular development and administrative arrangements for the implementation of the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme (1995) under The College of The Bahamas. Additionally, she was actively involved with the preparation of the first post basic nursing Diploma in Midwifery (1993), Community Nursing (2000) and Critical Care (2005) programmes with The College of The Bahamas. Under her leadership, she also played a major role in ongoing faculty development and as such, several lecturers pursued and later obtained masters and doctoral degrees. Mrs. Douglas has a special love for her students and provides ongoing mentoring and counselling to them which enhanced their academic, professional and personal growth. She also provides guidance and support to faculty and staff and is a valuable resource person to the nursing profession, The College and the wider community. Highlights of her contributions to the profession include areas such as, the provision of high quality comprehensive nursing care, extensive curricular and programme development and revision, research and projects, teaching the majority of nursing courses at ditrerent level and developing new nursing courses, lab manuals, clinical assessment tools, student handbook and programme brochures. Other areas include testing and evaluation mainly for Nursing Council's Final Registration examination and regional exams and conducting, workshops and seminars. Mrs. Douglas also served on many standing committees and boards at The College, School of Nursing, Ministry of Health, Nursing Council, Nurses' Association and other professional related and non-professional organizations and continues to do so. She contributes to the ongoing work of the Salvation Army, Cancer Society and the Red Cross. Hilda, is a member of the prayer and telephone ministry of St. Agnes Anglican Church where she serves as a Bible Study Leader. She loves the Lord and her favorite scripture is: wait on the Lord and He will renew your strength." (Isaiah 40:31). She is the National Directorfor the Northern Caribbean Region, AglrJW International Ministries with responsibilities for Aglow ministries in the nations of Bermuda, Belize, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Haiti and Tuf1(s and Caicos. She is also an anointed teacher, conference retreat speaker, facilitator, counsellor and intercessor. She has received several recognitions over the years for her outstanding, and dedicated service to nursing education, nursing service, her professional organization and The College. She was recognized as National Nurse Educator for the year 2003-2004 by the National Nurses Recognition, Ministry of Health. Mrs. Douglas, a true visionary leader continues to mentor young visionary nurse leaders and encourages them to make dynamic and innovative changes in nursing, thus impacting the profession, health delivery systems and our nation.She formally retired from The College of The Bahamas on October 1, 2007, but she has, and continues to mentor a cadre of young nurse leaders well qualified to confront the ongoing challenges facing nursing today.


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The College of The Bahamas congratulates Former Lecturer & Chairperson, School of Nursing & Allied HeaHh Professions on her retirement Our entire community, especially the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, recognizes and appreciates the part you played in the development of Nursing Education. WE WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR ENDEAVOURS.

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