FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Nurses of Grand Bahama on Monday, May 1, took to the streets in a celebratory march recognizing Nurses Month. The month honours the value of a nurse, as well as the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Shirley Mary Bain, Nursing Officer One, Acting, said the celebration included an International Food Festival and Cultural Show to showcase the diversity of nurses employed with the Grand Bahama Health Services, namely those from Africa, the Philippines, Jamaica and Guyana.
“We held the march” she said, “to let the public know that we are a caring community and we are here to help them in all our communities.”
Paulette Dean, Nursing Officer 2 of the Grand Bahama Health Services, also commented on the activities adding that the celebration began on Sunday with a church service at St. Peter’s Baptist Church in West End. Thursday, May 4, will be the closing out of the Nursing Cadet Programme in the foyer of the Rand Memorial Hospital at 4:00 pm, and on Friday, May 5, there will be a Midwives Day and educational sessions.
Nurses will visit most of the high schools in Grand Bahama on May 12, the actual birthday of Ms. Nightingale. During their visit, they will screen teachers and speak with students to encourage them to enter the nursing field.
On Friday, May 19, there will be Research and Educational Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Teachers Credit Union Building.
The turnout for the activities, she said, is larger than in the past, as there is a larger committee as well as younger nurses are more involved. “The nurses can’t wait for May to come around,” she said. “We’ve come a long way over the past 20 years, since I’ve been around.”
Nurse Dean encouraged the public to acknowledge nurses this month and said, “Wherever you see a nurse, just give them a hug and let them know how much you appreciate them.”