Dominica Nurses Association (DNA) President Debra Phillip calls for more recognition of the hard work performed by nurses. Phillip’s statement was made on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the DNA. She also expressed the view that the public should appreciate nurses and give them well deserved respect.
Phillip said, “We do not shy off from the fact that some of our nurses need brushing up, but we need to place emphasis on the hard work of many of our nurses. A higher percentage of our nurses are striving for excellence. They are working hard, despite the circumstances that we are faced with here.” She added, “The public expectation is very high because of social media, television, people go out there and they see what’s happening in the first world countries, and as a result, they have increased expectations.”
She agrees that the public could have expectations of a high quality of care, but because of the existing circumstances in Dominica, the onus is put on the nurses to strive towards that level. Phillip says nurses are challenged, but despite that situation, they do their best and perform with excellence. The DNA is therefore calling on the public to cooperate with the nurses. The executive of the Dominica Nurses Association congratulates all nurses on the 59th Anniversary celebration, which was observed under the theme, “Honouring Excellence in Nursing”.
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