PRESS RELEASE – The St Lucia Nurses Association (SLNA) continues with its planning to host the most prestigious event on the calendar of nurses regionally.
The 29th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Nurses Organization, (dubbed CNO 2014) will take place in St Lucia from October 25 – 31.
The Board of the CNO is expected to arrive in St Lucia from October 22 to begin their board meetings prior to the Conference. CNO 2014 will have two main components:
a) The business meeting of CNO with the board members and country delegates. This will culminate in the Election of Officers for the new term 2014-2016 which takes place on Friday October 31, 2014;
b) The plenary and educational sessions which will see featured speakers presenting on pertinent and up-to-date information on the Conference’s theme, “Nursing and Midwifery: Integrating knowledge, skills and attitudes in the delivery of safe, quality patient care”.
The SLNA has embarked upon an educational campaign to encourage local nurses to participate and attend this conference.
The training hours derived from attending the plenary and educational sessions will go towards the re-licensure of registered nurses.
In addition, CNO 2014 will include two dedicated days to student nurses presentations and learning opportunities. It is also anticipated that the Election of Officers for the Caribbean Student Nurses Organization will take place during this conference.
The CNO has 33 registered member countries including associations from the USA and Canada. It is anticipated that more than 200 medical personnel will travel to St Lucia to participate in CNO 2014.
One of the activities planned by the SLNA along the road to CNO 2014 is a community outreach session in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
This activity will be held in conjunction with the VBCC in the community of La Clery and will take the form of a panel discussion.
A panel of medical experts will seek to provide the audience with information on cancer. All are invited to this activity which the SLNA hopes will spur the community into aiming for proper self-care.