Nevis Junior Minister of Health On International Nurses Day 2022

Hon. Hazel Brandy Williams, Junior Minister of Health and Gender Affairs on Nevis (file photograph)

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NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (Could 12, 2022) — The next is an tackle delivered by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health and Gender Affairs within the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) as Nevis joins the worldwide neighborhood in recognizing International Nurses Day 2022 on Could 12:

“International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12th annually to highlight the invaluable work of our nurses.  This year we join the rest of the world in recognizing our nurses under the theme: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health.”

In response to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), this 12 months’s theme “focuses on the need to protect, support, and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems around the world.”

The World Health Group (WHO) has estimated that there are shut to twenty-eight million nurses globally, accounting for nearly 60 p.c of the healthcare workforce. For that motive, nurses are sometimes thought-about the spine of the healthcare system. It’s due to this fact important that we strengthen and spend money on our nursing workforce.

We should spend money on our nurses as leaders, advocates and innovators as that is crucial to making sure that they’re geared up to information, lead and be function fashions for the way forward for nursing in Nevis and the Federation as an entire.

We should spend money on our nurses in order that they’ve the required abilities to do their jobs. Skilled competency is linked with empowerment and the supply of high quality affected person care. Not solely that, however research have additionally proven {that a} supportive and empowering work setting gives nurse’s retention, job efficiency and reduces burnout.

The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has dedicated its fullest assist to spend money on nursing as a method of constructing a resilient and extremely certified workforce.

We should additionally spend money on our nurses to arrange for current and future well being challenges akin to rising and reemerging infectious illnesses, the rising burden of Non-communicable Ailments (NCDs), an ageing inhabitants, and well being challenges related to local weather change.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic of NCDs proceed to take a toll on many well being techniques and the nursing workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic, particularly, has much more so magnified the crucial scarcity of nurses globally and highlighted the pressing want for governments to significantly spend money on Nursing.

The Nevis Island Administration has seen this want and is dedicated to supporting and investing in nursing and to respecting their rights to safe well being for all.

We proceed to encourage people to develop into part of this very noble career.  We proceed to supply monetary help to those that enter the assorted nursing programmes at Clarence Fitzroy Bryant School (CFBC). It have to be famous that only recently 4 individuals entered the Enrolled Nursing Assistant Programme and 4 entered the Nursing Diploma programme at CFBC. We additionally proceed to supply monetary help to these nurses who want to focus on crucial areas akin to anesthesia, public well being nursing, and theatre methods to call a couple of.

On at the present time, we stand in assist and solidarity with our nurses recognizing that investing in Nurses is a prerequisite for making certain world well being and Common Health Protection. Completely happy International Nurses Day 2022!”

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