One hardworking and dedicated nursing professional is on her way to becoming the LASCO/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year 2015-2016. Six impressive finalists are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner at an awards ceremony set for at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
The finalists are Treveen Palmer-Miller, Claudia Bartley, Natacha Bell, Dr. Adella Campbell, Tashia Wedderburn-Harris and Racquel Easington who will be by vying for the LASCO/NAJ Trophy and $150,000, plus other cash and prizes. The new awardee will be the seventeenth Nurse of the Year and will replace the outgoing title holder, Shashana Lawrence.
The batch of registered nurses has raised the bar for the Nurse of the Year Competition with their remarkable contributions to the health sector. The highly qualified, competent and experienced healthcare providers vying for the title include nurses specializing in midwifery, public health and nursing administration.
Aside from commendable educational and professional achievements, the frontrunners share a passion for the improvement of the nursing field and have made respective impacts in that regard. Another attribute they have in common is active involvement in community service through outreach programmes, service clubs, interest groups, health fairs and mentorship initiatives.
Lascelles Chin, Chairman of LASCO Affiliated Companies is pleased with the finalists expressed gratitude for their service.
"We have been a part of this initiative for 17 years and each year we have found the finalists to be quite impressive, adding to the long tradition of outstanding awardees. The finalists should consider themselves winners as each has been selected from hundreds of nurses island-wide. We appreciate the service they and their colleagues have given and are grateful for the sacrifices they make each day," he said.
Treveen Palmer-Miller's outstanding work performance and leadership at the Spanish Town Hospital make her an ideal candidate, while Claudia Bartley's dedicated service has earned her one of the top spots in the running for the title. Another nurse looking to outdo her colleagues is Natacha Bell of the Kingston Public Hospital, a caring professional with strong leadership abilities.
Dr. Adella Campbell, Programme Director and Lecturer at the Caribbean School of Nursing at the University of Technology, comes in as a strong contender with over 20 years nursing experience. Tashia Wedderburn-Harris describes herself as a dynamic, hardworking, self-motivated healthcare professional. Completing the pack is Racquel Easington who spends her time caring for the patients at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
In addition to the six finalists, three student nurses have been shortlisted for the LASCO/NAJ Student Nurse of the Year award, plus $50,000. Lattar Baker and Sasha-Marie Paul of the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Western Jamaica Campus and Kaysha Foote of the Caribbean School of Nursing, University of Technology are in line for the title.
LASCO has been a partner with the NAJ since 1999 in hosting the National Nurse of the Year Awards which celebrates the contributions of nurses island-wide and highlights outstanding individuals in the profession. The awards banquet on culminates National Nurses Week which began with a church service at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church of God on Sunday, July 19.