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Nurses need facilities to de-
stress when they leave the hos-
pital, says Deanna Miller, a
She was speaking during an
interview at the commemoration
of International Nurses Day at a
rally on Independence Square,
Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday.
Miller said nurses needed to
destress when they left work.
She said she chose the profes-
sion over others when she was
persuaded by friends to join the
"One of my friends stayed but
the other left. People are hard on
nurses and the nurses now do not
enjoy the same caring we had. It
is stressful and we had facilities
provided for us to destress," she
Miller said in the past the nurs-
es had a dining room, sitting
rooms, TV, piano, table tennis
courts and other entertainment.
"It even had a music festival
to destress. When a patient dies
it does affect you, especially if it
is a young child. It stays with you
and the authorities say they don t
think it is important to us (to de-
stress). You just can t leave every-
thing after you come from on the
ward," she said.
Miller said she even remem-
bered a patient who was around
her age who had died on the ward.
"I remember her name and
everything. She just came from
vacation and they put her on the
ward and she was gasping for
breath and she died soon after.
"They have to provide comfort
when they leave the wards. It s
not that you just shut off. Some-
times you may have cared for
them (patients) and tried to save
them and they died. How can you
go away from that situation? It
is easy to condemn (nurses)," she
Another nurse, who is assigned
to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital, issued a challenge to
Health Minister Fuad Khan to visit
the nation s hospital unannounced
to see their working conditions.
She said that even though she
"loved" her job, they were work-
ing in deplorable conditions.
"I have a message for the min-
ister to come and see what we
have to put up with. Come once
or twice and visit without an
entourage. If they (adminstration)
know he coming they putting on
the world of make-up. They pave
the parking lot but what about in
the hospital?" she asked.
The nurse, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, said they
face even life-threatening situa-
She said gunmen had stormed
the hospital to attack a man who
was admitted for treatment.
"They were coming through
the window to shoot him."
The nurse said she would rec-
ommend nursing to anyone but
added: "I like my job but Port-
of-Spain is the hellhole. We get
everything, when some of them
(hospitals) close, we open.
"The patients complain to us
that they paying their taxes but
they can t even get treatment."
She said another nurse was
injured in the Casualty and Emer-
gency Department when a piece
of the roof fell on her over a year
"She does not work up to now.
The second time another piece fell
and all they did was clean it up
quickly. The last piece will fall on
a patient s face. Some patients are
waiting months for medication or
treatment. It should not be so,"
No easy job
Retired nurse reflects on career choice:
President of the T&T Registered Nurses
Association Gwendolyn Loobie-Snaggs said
on Tuesday that there was a lack of medical
equipment and supplies at the nation s hos-
She said so during International Nursing
Day celebrations in downtown Port-of-Spain
"Nurses know the economics of healthcare.
If we get effective healthcare it reduces the
stay of patients in the health system. Healthcare
is a very costly commodity and we do our job
with the resources necessary and we do our
jobs adequately and admirably," she said.
Loobie-Snaggs said nursing was a 24/7 job
and resources were necessary for health care.
"There is an inefficiency in supplies and
equipment in the hospitals and the healthcare
system. There is a lack of equipment and sup-
plies. Not that the administration isn t making
efforts...We need more, we need to have our
equipment and supplies," she said.
Referring to the numerous complaints on
the attitude of the nursing staff, she said: "You
won t get a satisfied customer all the time.
Our members understand their roles and func-
tions and they must understand that they have
to deal with situations.
"If they cannot manage there are ways of
recourse. It is not for us to be rude and it is
not for us to be insensitive to patients by ensur-
ing supervisors take charge of the situation."
Loobie-Snaggs said nurses also had feelings
and should be treated with respect.
To mark the occasion, nurses marched from
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital to the
Brian Lara Promenade.
'Give us tools
for the job'
Retired nurse Deanna Miller
during an interview on the Brian
Lara Promenade on Tuesday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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