For one week next month local nurses will add tourism ambassador to their normal function of providing care and attention.
The Barbados Nurses Association (BNA) will host up to 400 Caribbean and international nursing delegates and participants at the biennial conference of the Caribbean Nurses Organization (CNO) from October 21 to 27 at the Hilton Barbados Resort.
BNA President Joannah Waterman said the event will provide a boost to the tourism industry.
“The added boost is the fact that such a conference will enhance the tourism product, because obviously you cannot come to Barbados and not participate in some aspect of the culture,” Waterman explained.
The conference, which has as its theme Nurses: Transformational Leaders, Advocating for Quality Health, will hear from 34 presenters and authors on matters pertaining “to practice issues, issues of nursing education, issues of nursing administration and leadership”, the BNA president said.
Waterman said the overall purpose of the conference is to keep regional nurses at the cutting edge of best practice models and updated research for evidence-based practice. In addition to the educational aspect, the meeting will also facilitate camaraderie and bonding among regional and international colleagues.
“Additionally, what it does facilitate is that regional integration . . . because just imagine, 350 to 400 regional nurses in one place at one time in Barbados,” the nurses’ spokesperson said.
The event will include an opening ceremony at St Mary’s Anglican Church, The City, followed by an educational session on Monday October 22, the Minister of Tourism reception on Wednesday night and a cultural event on the Thursday night. (EJ)