Some new members at Sangre Grande Hospital (SGH) - Operating Theatre Nurses.
During the course of 2019, and in particular the last two weeks, TTRNA has observed that the comradery and unification of nursing and midwifery personnel has grown leaps and bounds. The coming together for the common purpose of improving the socio-economic position of nurses and midwives is indeed heart-warming.
In SGH, the above nurses asked their pertinent and insightful questions, got factual answers, and became the first for 2020 to join the almost 3000 strong TTRNA membership. A membership that has consistently growing by 500 new members, year on year, since the new energetic executive took over.
Nursing and Midwifery personnel are also quickly coming to the realization that the only way we can improve our lot, is through unity amongst us all and a strong TTRNA. While there will always be the few detractors around, due to through trying to promote their own individual interest, the majority of persons understand that unity is strength and the Nursing Union is the only organization that can and ought to become the bargaining unit for nursing personnel.
During the Christmas and New Years periods, TTRNA witnessed multiple instances where nurses rose to the occasion and assisted their colleagues who unfortunately became patients in their care. We saw it with Nurse Lynch and the hard working nurses of the POSGH A&E department and bed bureau, who facilitated our TTRNA executive member in moving through the department in a timely manner.
Super nurse - RN Giselle Lynch
It was also displayed when another member was shot in the abdomen in Arima, and is currently being expertly nursed and treated in EWMSC high dependency unit by her colleagues. They didn’t wait for management to see about their colleague, they stepped up to the plate and have being doing the needful.
In 2020, we call on all Nurses and Midwives, to do the same when you have been made aware the patient is also a nursing or midwifery staff (from any institution or retired). All other services and profession take care of their own, so why we haven’t been doing the same.
We also want to acknowledge the nursing personnel of Ward 3 POSGH, who continue to deliver excellent quality care despite the recent shootings on the ward and their continued challenges. Thanks also to ENA Winda Greene and all the nursing personnel of ward 16. Also nurses in Siparia Health Centre and Nurse Prematie Ramnath. TTRNA salutes you. TTRNA also acknowledge Plaster Technician Mr. Prout, attendant Mr. Wellington, the police service and Corporal Sullivan #17410 of the Traffic and Highway division in El Secorro, who assisted us in various forms during the season.
We thank all those nurses and midwives who came out during the holidays to relieve their colleagues across all RHAs. Proved them wrong that nurses fail on these holidays. We met some of these nurses on our walkabouts on Christmas day at POSGH and St James Medical Centre.
Nurses working hard on Christmas day at St James Medical Centre
Hundreds of tea plates being prepared and packed at TTRNA headquarters on Christmas day.
Let’s keep the momentum going throughout 2020 and in the future. As TTRNA goes through the process with the RRCB, it looks like we will be given the Recognised Majority Union (RMU) status in two (2) regions. So 2020, is shaping up to be a great year for celebration amongst Nurses and Midwives. Self-representation.