Nursing award nomination process opens

Do you know a nurse who has gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, now is the time to nominate her or him for the annual Eloise Reid Award for Nursing Excellence. 

Nominations opened last week for the award, which will be presented during Nurses Week next month. 

Last year’s winner, registered nurse Sharon Buckley, said she is trying to ensure she continues “to live up to the name of the award and still be deserving of it”. 

Winning the award has inspired her to undertake a new project – researching and writing the history of nursing in Cayman. 

“In the coming year, 2012-2013, I hope I will have enough time to be able to do put together a compilation of the history of nursing in the Cayman Islands,” Ms Buckley said. She hopes the project will result in a booklet that will inform the public about how the nursing profession developed over the years locally. 

Candidates for the nursing award are nominated by their peers, patients, doctors, friends or anyone who feels a nurse deserves the award for outstanding work.  

Last year, there were 11 nominees, the most to date. 

The Eloise Reid Excellence in Nursing Award was launched five years ago and it is awarded each year at the annual National Nursing Conference during Nurses Week. 

The award is named after Eloise Reid, who retired from the Health Services Authority in 2005, serving in a variety of roles, including chief nursing officer and chief executive officer. In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Mrs. Reid the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or MBE, award for her services to health care in the Cayman Islands. 

The purpose of the award is to give recognition to registered nurses in the Cayman Islands who have demonstrated excellence in the application of the Standards for Nursing Practice and Code of Ethics, and who have made outstanding contributions to the nursing profession in clinical practice. The awards selection committee will consider a number of criteria in selecting a recipient of the award, including if an individual holds high ethical standards in the delivery of care and in all professional relationships; serves as a resource for colleagues and takes the initiative to mentor others; has an impact on the quality patient care system wide; advances and promotes the practice of nursing by contributing to nursing and health policy through participation on committees at the local, or national level executives; promotes the image of nursing by acting as a positive role model; acquires new learning and incorporates this in the practice environment; and demonstrates strong leadership and interpersonal skills. 

The award winner will be chosen by the selection committee, consisting of at least three appointed members, two of whom should be the president of the Cayman Islands Nurses Association and a representative of the sponsoring agency. Hazel Brown, chief nursing officer of the Health Services Authority, appoints the committee in consultation with nursing leadership and the Cayman Islands Nurses Association.  

The selection committee will review the nominations, interview and rate the candidates based on the selection criteria. 

Nurses Week will be held this year from Sunday, 6 May to Saturday, 12 May. It includes a church service dedicated to the nursing profession at the Cayman Baptist Church on Pedro Castle Road at 10am, Sunday, 6 May; the three-day nursing conference which runs from Wednesday, 9 May, to Friday, 12 May, at the Marriott Hotel, at which Karen Stefiniak from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing will be the keynote speaker; and a 5K fun run/walk that starts at 6.30am at Camana Bay on Saturday, 12 May. 


To obtain a nomination form, e-mail [email protected] 


From left, Chief Nursing Officer Hazel Brown, Eloise Reid and Sharon Buckley at last year’s National Nursing Conference. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY