CNO conference delegates meet St. Lucia’s Governor General

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CNO conference delegates meet St. Lucia’s Governor General
Health Minister Alvina Reynolds (centre) and delegates of the CNO conference.
Health Minister Alvina Reynolds (centre) and delegates of the CNO conference.

PRESS RELEASE – Nearly 300 nurses from all over the Caribbean, USA and Canada attending the Caribbean Nurses Organization Conference paid a courtesy call to the Governor General of St. Lucia, Dame Pearlette Louisy on Tuesday 29th October 2014.

The theme for the conference is “Nursing and Midwifery: Integrating knowledge, skills and attitude for delivery of safe quality patient care.” CNO 2014 Conference Director, Samina Cepal says the conference has been nothing short of fantastic.

“This is probably bigger than we though it would have been. We have over 300 nurses professionals from all sorts of nursing backgrounds, so it’s going really well our educational sessions have been fantastic…We have covered nursing and politics, we have covered quite a bite of nursing leadership, assertiveness in leadership and we have had various presenters just talking about their new research,” Cepal said.

The Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Nurses’ Organisation provides a forum for nurses from over 33 member countries to to meet discuss and conduct the business of he organization every two years.

Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, Hon. Alvina Reynolds congratulated the Caribbean Nurses on the 57th Anniversary of the CNO and the convening of the 29th Biennial Conference.

“I really want to thank them for choosing St. Lucia and to congratulate the St. Lucian nurses, the Nurses Association of St. Lucia for hosting, for doing the best that they can, to put it all together to ensure that the nurses have a very successful conference and I know that they are focusing on Knowledge, skills and attitude which are critical to the whole nursing profession.”

“It’s a calling, it’s a vocation to be a nurse but when they take time out of work, they take time out away from their country to pay their way to come in to acquire those skills and knowledge and learn new attitudes positive attitudes to improve themselves as professionals, I really want to salute the over 300 members who are here with their family.” Reynolds said.

The 29th Biennial Conference runs form October 25th to November 1st 2014.

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  1. I must say that being a part of this conference has changed a lot of my views and I will be going back to Trinidad with a new approach. Well done Saint Lucia.

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  2. Allow me to first congratulate the St. Lucia Nurses Association for hosting this CNO Conference. From all account it appears to be a grand success I applaud our local nurses and I wish them well in future endeavors. However it would be remiss of me if I were to omit some very important observations. As a retired Nurse I must say that scant regard was given to the Retired Nurses of St. Lucia. The invitation extended to us in the Media was nothing short but disrespect and low regard to the Retired Nurses. This was evident by the low turnout to the various events. I recently followed the Teachers during their recent observation of Teachers Week and it was indeed a pleasure to see and hear how well the Retired Teachers were elevated and appreciated. Nurses I hope that this aspect of failing to or recognizing the pioneers in the Nursing Profession at such an opportunity was but an unfortunate omission.

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  3. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the nurses all the best for the Conference and hope it will be a very productive and successful one.

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