Nurse of the year honoured

The 2010 Eloise Reid Award for Nursing
Excellence was bestowed on critical care unit nurse Winsome Barrett on Friday.

In addition to receiving the
accolade for Nurse of the Year, Ms Barrett was presented with a bouquet from
Health Minister Mark Scotland in thanks for her contribution.  

Health services practitioners and
representatives from various businesses throughout the Cayman Islands gathered
to honour the nurse of the year at the Ritz Carlton.

The award ceremony was the
culmination of the Medical and Nursing Conference, which took place Wednesday
through Friday. 

Candidates for the Eloise Reid
Award are nominated by their peers and this year there were seven contenders,
the most of any year to date.

Organisers said this made for a
particularly difficult decision on the part of the panel of judges, which
included long-serving nurses and top-tier officials from the Health Services

Eloise Reid, after whom the award
was named, told a packed room of listeners that the role of the nurse is
crucial, as they are often present at the most significant and saddest times in
people’s lives.

“Nurses need to know they are
valued,” she said.

Mrs. Reid added that the skills of assessment,
vigilance and time spent with a patient, separated nurses from other care providers
and she urged all in the profession to mentor as many young people as they
could, because they would be greatly needed in the coming years.

The first nurse from the private
sector to be nominated for the award was also acknowledged by Mrs. Reid. “I am
pleased to see we have included our colleagues in the private sector. They too
are part of the tradition of care that is so essential.”

“This is a selfless, life-altering,
but rewarding profession and every touch, word and moment holds all the meaning
for those we care for,” she added.


Winsome Barrett receives a bouquet from Health Minister Mark Scotland.
Photo: Lindsey Turnbull