Today, May 12 marks the ending of nurses week and is observed as International Nurses Day. President of the Nurses Association of Belize, Darrell Spencer sent out his message to all the nurses across the country thanking them for their service. In his address to the nurses, he outlined the many challenges that nurses have been facing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a snippet of Spencer’s address.
Darrell Spencer, President, Nurses Association of Belize: “I start today 12th May 2020 wishing all nurses at home and abroad a happy International Nurses Day. Today was set aside in dedication of nurses across the world to honor them and thank them for their services. This year 2020 specifically has been dedicated as the year of the nurse. The theme under which we celebrate this year “Nurses: A voice to lead; Nursing the World to Health is an important one. It is as if the creators of the them had foresaw that 2020 COVID-19 would have been upon us and had fashioned a theme to express just that for that is what we find ourselves doing during this pandemic.”
As we have previously reported the career of a nurse can sometimes be a thankless one but it is a career that is chosen by the brave and dedicated. Here are some reasons that some of our local nurses chose this field.
Marie Teul, Registered Nurse: “I would like to start off by saying Happy Nurses week to my colleagues and friends. My name is Marie Teul, I am a registered nurse at the Western Regional Hospital. I work in the maternity ward. Nothing brings me more joy and pleasure watching a healthy newborn come into this world and having the parent’s eyes, when they first see that baby, sparkle and me being right there next to them having experiencing those wonderful moments with that family. I chose to become a nurse because I wanted to be more Christlike and I believe I can make a difference in this world and in all my patient’s lives one patient at a time. If I think about all my patients and their loved ones that I’ve worked with over the years, most of them don’t remember me nor I them but knowing that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them is what makes me wake up every morning and go to work feeling fulfilled. I know sometimes this can be a thankless profession but it’s the little things that make you smile when someone says “Thank You.”, “Thanks for helping my wife through this delivery.”, “Thank you for being there for them.” those are the little things that count.”
Yvette Messiah, Shift Supervisor, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital: “Hello my name is Yyvette Messiah. I’m a registered nurse midwife, a certified lactation counselor and presently a shift supervisor at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. I became a nurse at the tender age of eighteen years, that was the first time I entered nursing school and became a practical nurse. After working for a few years as a practical nurse I decided I wanted to do more so I went back into nursing school and I became a practical midwife. I worked as a practical midwife for a few years and decided I still wanted to do more so I went back to nursing school and I became a registered nurse. I have worked as a registered nurse midwife and mostly at Obstetric Gynecological Unit where I was an assistant unit manager and a unit manager until I moved on to become a shift supervisor. I love nursing, it’s what I have done all my life. I especially love being a midwife but I also love to work with the elderly geriatrics.”
This year is also celebrated as the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, a nurse who pioneered the nursing career back in the 1800s. The theme for this year is, “Nurses a voice to lead, Nursing the world to health.”