Bermuda Hosting Caribbean Nursing Meeting

February 27, 2018

More than two dozen nursing professionals from the Caribbean region are in Bermuda this week to participate in the 46th Joint Meeting of the Executive and Education Committees and the 15th meeting of the Practice Committee for the Regional Nursing Body.

This joint meeting of Caribbean Community [CARICOM] countries will focus on the Regional Strategic Framework for Nursing and Midwifery, Standardization and Regulation and many more topics vital to nursing and the health sector.

The Bermuda Department of Health is working with the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Bermuda Nursing Council and other nursing affiliates to host 28 visitors, which include chief nursing officers, nursing council boards, and nursing educators.

They will stay at Coco Reef Resort and conduct their meeting sessions at neighbouring Bermuda College from February 27th to March 1st.

“The Bermuda Tourism Authority promotes the island as a perfect location for meetings and conferences and is proud to work with local partners to bring these kinds of events home to Bermuda,” said BTA Business Development Manager Donna Douglas.

“We commend Bermuda’s Chief Nursing Officer Gaynell Hayward-Caesar who has worked tirelessly to make this Regional Nursing Board meeting a reality. In our office we call these Bermudians ‘bring it home’ heroes and we are pleased to offer our team’s expertise and guidance to make their group events successful.”

The joint meeting of the Regional Nursing Board is the second visitor symposium this month to have been inspired by a “bring it home” Bermudian.

Last week, Bermudian Dr Carika Weldon brought the Bermuda Principles Conference home to Bermuda for the second time, attracting professionals in the science community from all over the world including Switzerland, South Africa and Denmark. The event was hosted at the Fairmont Southampton Resort.

“Meetings and conferences inspired by professionally passionate, well connected Bermudians has created new leads of tourism business for the island’s tourism industry over the past few years. These two healthcare sector conferences in February are prime examples,” said the BTA’s Director of Public and Stakeholder Relations Glenn Jones, who launched the “Bring It Home” campaign in 2015.

“When these group meetings take place between November and March, it provides a much-needed boost to visitor arrival numbers during the shoulder season. Keeping tourism workers on the job and earning money through the winter months is a key priority for everyone in the industry.”

Bermuda Chief Nursing Officer Gaynell Hayward-Caesar said: “The Department of Health and its nursing leaders are proud to bring this CARICOM meeting of nursing professionals to Bermuda to discuss high priority nursing and healthcare agendas.

“We’re gratified to see how doing so helps the island’s tourism economy to grow. Outside of the learning sessions, we look forward to showing visitors the many sides of Bermuda’s culture with local musicians, a Bermuda Gombey performance and a visit to Government House.”

Bermuda residents who would like to pitch the island as a meeting place for their international meetings and conferences can get started online by researching the Bermuda Tourism Authority Bring It Home Programme.

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