Nurses Association Of Jamaica
Objectives & Achievements
Nurses Association of Jamaica
4 Trevennion Park Road
PO Box 277
Tel: 876 929 5213/ 876 926-6585
Fax: 876 968 2200
found that a lot of my fellow Jamaicans (including nursing students and professional nurses)
are researching information on this noble institution but without much luck.
So I mandated myself to seek and provide much
of this information for their benefit. Thanks again the helpful folks at the entity's head office in Kingston.
The following are extracts from a presentation prepared by
Mrs. Iris Wilson, President in October 2003.
Here we go …
The Nurses Association of Jamaica came into being on July 19th,
The organization was then known as the Jamaica General Trained Nurses
The birth of the association was a result of the vision,
determination and hard work of a small group of nurses who recognized the
urgent need for improving standards of nursing education and service in Jamaica.
The association aimed to obtain state recognition of nursing
as a profession at to advance the status of nursing.
The main objectives came to be known as the three “R”s
Registration of nurses was achieved on December 15, 1951 when the
nurses Registration law was passed. In early 1952, the regulations were made.
The General Nursing Council of Jamaica was established and the law was
Reciprocity of basic nursing education with the General Nursing Council of
England and Wales was achieved in May 1952. Nurses who wished to continue their
nursing education were accepted by the Royal College of Nursing in England to pause
Ward Administration and nursing Tutor courses.
Recognition as a professional organization for nurses in Jamaica at the
national, regional and international levels. The association was admitted as a
member of the international Council of Nurses (ICN) at the Quadrennial Congress
in Brazil in 1953.
The association became a member of the Caribbean Nurses Association
(CNO) in 1960. The association is a member of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation
(CNF), Jamaica being a member of the English-speaking Commonwealth.
Over the years, it was recognized that the Social Economic
Welfare of nurses needed to be addressed more forcibly hence the fourth “R” of
Remuneration which deals with the Conditions of Life and Work of Nursing personnel
HIGHLIGHTS OVER THE YEARS
- In 1947 the Association recognized the need for
continued educational development of nurses in Jamaica and started the FIRST
SUMMER SCHOOL with a variety of programmers.
- On November 23. 1960, the Association’s
Headquarter, Mary Seacole House was opened at 72 Arnold Road, Kingston 5.
building was erected on Crown Lands through the permission of the Government.
The auditorium is named The Julie Symes Auditorium in memory of Miss Julie
Symes, the first Registrar of the Nursing Council.
- In 1961, the Association launched its official
journal, THE JAMAICA NURSE, which was published twice yearly up to 1964. It is
now published three times per year and is subscribed by individuals and
- 1966 (June) the name was changed to Nurses Association
of Jamaica to accommodate all categories of trained nursing personnel.
- 1971. A “Nurse of the Year Award’ was agreed on;
the first award was made in 1974 to Public Health Nurse, Sarah Hamilton.
- 1972 (October). NAJ published its Position
Paper, “Blueprint for Progress”.
- 1974. NAJ became the official bargaining agent
as well as representational body on nursing matters in Jamaica.
- 1974. The NAJ Co-op Credit Union was launched
after the NAJ consulted with the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League.
- On March 7, 1978 the Association bought premises
at 4 Trevennion Park road, Kingston 5. This is known as Mary Seacole Annex and
comprises the following entities:
The Secretariat of NAJ with
The Mary Seivwright Boardroom
The Gertrude Swaby Library
The second floor for general rental
The Leleka Champagnie Hostel
· The NAJ Cooperative Credit Union
NAJ Outreach Center for Counseling
- In 1984, NAJ Logo was created.
- In 2001, the Association acquired premises at 24
½ Seymour Avenue, Kingston 6. A retirement home was dedicated on January 23, 2003
OTHER NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS ON
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELFARE
- In 1977, the NAJ successfully negotiated a 40 hour
work week inclusive of meal break;
- Increased tailoring and accessory allowance and involvement
in choice of uniform materials
- Exclusion of Saturday and Sunday in computation
of vacation leave in keeping with other in public sector
- Seasonal pay for work done outside of regular work
time for all levels of nurses.
- Supper and Travelling Allowance for nurses on
the 2 to 10 pm and 10pm to 7am shifts, and supper allowance when worked after
- Housing allowance in lieu of quarters for
Matrons whose residence, were taken away.
- Where and officer dies in execution of his/her
work, an amount of $4m to be paid to her /his estate.
- NAJ acquired houses form the National Housing
Trust (NHT) for its members in some housing development e.g. Cumberland,
Greater Portmore and some rural communities.
- Incentive Allowance for working between 7 pm and
7 am. (inconvenient hours)
- Rural Incentive for working in certain areas.
- Location Incentive for working in certain
- Specified Clinical Allowance
- Maintenance of Equipment Allowance to Tutors and
- Payment of additional increments on completion
of course without promotion and payment of additional increments on successful
completion of degree
- Supervisory Allowance and
- Stand By /On Call Allowance
NURSES ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA AWARDS
- Sangster Award For Excellence In Practice
- Senior Administration Nursing Group (SANG) Award
(Institution Alternate primary and Secondary)
- Radio Jamaica Award For Clinical Practice
- Founder Day Awards to nurses who have given
outstand services to the profession and the organization
AWARDS BY INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
- Commander of the order of Distinction (C.D)
- Officer of the order of Distinction (O.D)
- Medal for Dedicated Service
- Normal Manley Award for Excellence
- ICN/3M International Fellowship
- Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing
Schools (CGFNS) Interntional Distinghished Leadership Award
"Achievements of the Nurses Association Of Jamaica", Mrs. Iris wilson, October 2003
ADDRESS AND CONTACT
For more information on the Nurses Association Of Jamaica, click this link to get their address, phone number and fax information (above).
The NAJ does not currently have a website.
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