Nurses focus on leadership at annual conference

| 08/07/2016
CNS Local Life

Nurses Janice Mullings George (left) and Kirsten Nusum from the Bahamas flank Cayman Islands Nursing Association president Sharon Buckley Omier

(CNS): Nurses from across the Cayman Islands networked and shared their expertise at the 10th annual International Nursing Conference. Hosted by the Cayman Islands Nursing Association (CINA), the conference, held 28-30 June at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, was themed “Leadership is Every Nurse’s Business”. The event attracted nurses from different areas of specialisations within both the private and public sectors, and included two nurses visiting from Bermuda.

CINA president Sharon Buckley Omier said, “We chose the theme of leadership because it was consistently identified as a need in the role that we play as nurses. The nurses always appreciate the opportunity to share knowledge of their respective specialisations, clinics and patient-care methods. It also permitted them to celebrate their roles and the part that they play in the leadership of health services.”

The conference started with a daylong workshop on leadership development presented by Dr Carol Biggs of Baptist Health International and Dr Hazel Brown, chief nursing officer of the Health Services Authority (HSA).

Over the next two days, there were more than 20 interactive sessions exploring a variety of topics including the “Impact of Temperament on Stress Management” by Miriam Foster of the Family Resource Centre, “Zika” by Timothy McLaughlin of the HSA, “Vaccination of Healthcare Workers Against Influenza” by Martin McKenzie (HSA), “What determines a person’s sex?” by Dr James Robertson of TrinCay and “Travel Health” by Annie K Price (HSA).

Janice Mullings George, one of the nurses from Bermuda, said the conference was extremely beneficial. “My experience at the 2016 conference was both life changing and inspirational. The information shared was timely and left me looking forward to next year’s conference and thinking about how many others I would love to have join me from Bermuda. It was awesome.”

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