Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 29, 2019 (SKNIS): St. Kitts-Nevis’ Minister of State responsible for Health, the Honourable Wendy Phipps commended the organizers of the first regional male nurses conference for promoting gender diversity in the nursing field.
The conference was held at the Ocean Terrace Inn on Thursday, October 24, 2019 under the theme Male Nurses – Why Not??
During the opening, Minister Phipps described the conference as “timely” and expressed hope that the forum would not be “the first and only, but the first of many.”
Minister Phipps mentioned that over the years, several movies and television shows such as E.R., Grey’s Anatomy, and Casualty have favourably showcased what happens in a hospital setting and have helped to “change the attitudes towards males in nursing.”
The minister stated that the October 24 to 26, 2019 conference would also help to change attitudes and encourage more males to become registered nurses or nurses’ assistants.
The event was organized by the Retired Energetic Nurses Touching All Lives (RENTAL). It was attended by health professionals, male students, and other stakeholders.