If you know a nurse who you believe should be recognised and appreciated for his or her contribution and service to the Cayman community, now is the time to speak up.
The annual nomination process opens for the Eloise Reid Award for Excellence in Nursing, sponsored this year by Nueterra Global Alliance.
The Eloise Reid Award for Excellence in Nursing was launched six years ago and is awarded each year during Nurses Week. Candidates for the nursing award can be nominated by their peers, patients, or other colleagues who feel a nurse deserves an award for remarkable service.
Nominees must have demonstrated excellence in the application of the standards for nursing practice and code of ethics, and have made exceptional contributions to the nursing profession in clinical practice. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, 26 April.
“There are so many dedicated, outstanding nurses living and working in the Cayman Islands,” said Mrs. Reid, a former Health Services Authority CEO and chief nursing officer for whom the award is named.
“This award is a great way to bring us all together to celebrate the hard work that nurses do, and recognise the vital support that they offer to the healthcare profession. I encourage everyone to take the time to think of a nurse who has gone above and beyond in her duties, and make the effort to submit his/her name so that we can in turn show our appreciation as colleagues.”
Nominees will be assessed on a number of criteria including:
Possession of high ethical standards;
Serving as a resource for colleagues and taking the initiative to mentor others;
Their impact on the quality patient care system;
Exhibiting the characteristics of a positive role model with strong leadership and interpersonal skills;
An expert level of competency in the delivery of holistic care;
The ability and desire to acquire new learning and incorporate it in the practice environment;
Their promotion of a high quality nursing practice environment;
Their advocacy for quality health care;
And their demonstrated commitment to the promotion of the nursing profession.
The winner will be chosen by a selection committee, which is appointed by the Chief Nursing Officer Hazel Brown. A representative from sponsor Nueterra Global Alliance will also sit on the panel whose job it is to review the nominations, interview and rate the candidates based on the selection criteria and determine the winner for this year.
The winner will be announced and the award presented by Nueterra Global Alliance at the conference’s welcome cocktail reception on Tuesday, 7 May at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.
2012 award recipient
Rebekah Brooks was the 2012 recipient of the Eloise Reid Award. She said it is important to show appreciation for the efforts of nurses.
“I felt extremely honoured to be chosen for such a prestigious award because it recognises the on-going contributions to clinical practice of individual nurses working across the island in both the public and private sectors,” Ms Brooks said. “It was very motivating and rewarding to be nominated by my colleagues and patients, and selected by the panel of judges. Nurse Eloise Reid is one of Cayman’s best role models, and an inspiration to the nursing profession. I had the privilege of working for her whilst she was the chief nursing officer and chief executive officer at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, and she was always so compassionate, professional and motivational to all of the nurses.”
Nomination forms are available at the Health Services Authority or can be downloaded from the Cayman Islands Nurses Association’s website. For more information, call 244-2610.
Nurses Week 2013 will be held from Monday, 6 May to Sunday, 12 May. It includes the three-day nursing conference which runs from Wednesday, 8 May, to Friday, 10 May at the Marriott Beach Resort; a 5K fun run/walk that starts at 6.30am at Camana Bay on Saturday, 11 May; and a church service dedicated to the nursing profession at the Agape Family Worship Centre on Sunday, 12 May.