SMMC nurses back from Caribbean conference | THE DAILY HERALD


SMMC nurses on their way to the conference last month.

CAY HILL–Nurses from St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently attended the international Caribbean nursing conference held at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino in Aruba June 8-9.

The conference is held on a different Caribbean island each year. Eight nurses, each representing a different medical department, were in attendance.


Barb Bancrott, an internationally acclaimed nurse educator and speaker, was the speaker at this year’s conference. She has been the motivational keynote speaker on health maintenance topics for numerous nursing associations, medical associations and dental associations as well as for corporate groups and events. Topics included “What’s new in the world of infectious diseases and diabetes.

This conference is aimed to connect nurses throughout the region. Nurses of all levels of experience were able to participate in an area of career and education growth through interactive sessions and engaging content.

This year was the first in which nurses of St. Maarten, specifically SMMC, have attended an event of this calibre. Nurses from the Emergency Room, Intensive Care, Medical/Surgical Ward, Operating Room, Paediatric Ward, Outpatient Department and a Hygiene and Infection Control practitioner were present.

“This conference gave its audience new opportunities to take back to my organisation and my team. The keynote sessions offered during the conference gave us a highlight on the importance of innovation within the nursing field,” said Hygiene and Infection Control practitioner Candidae Williams.

Nurses were presented with the opportunity to meet others within their specialties, to network and to learn the latest clinical information. Such connections present opportunities to share knowledge with experts and peers, and nurses are able to discover solutions for pressing issues and develop a learning organisation.

Source: The Daily Herald