By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The Alexandra Hospital on Nevis will have a new Matron in the person of Mrs. Chandreka Persaud- Wallace so says Premier and Senior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration, the Hon. Mark Brantley.
That announcement came on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Premier Brantley’s press conference at the Cabinet Room of the Social Security Building.
“I’m pleased to announce today that Nurse Chandreka Persaud- Wallace is to be appointed Matron while Nurse Gracelyn Hanley and Nurse Dhaima Golding will provide support in the roles of Assistant Matrons with special responsibilities”.
These new appointments come on the heels of the retirement of Mrs. Aldris Dias and Mrs. Jessica Scarborough who served as Matron and Assistant Matron respectively.
“It’s the first time we’ve had…a talent search of this kind where we have asked for applications and done extensive interviews. The interviews, I’m told, were done based on the resumes…but we also did something interesting. We asked the other nurses and the staff [at the hospital] what they thought about the applicants and that review was also part of the process,” said the Senior Health Minister.
Mrs. Chandreka Persaud- Wallace, who has 15 years of experience under her belt, previously served as the President of the Nevis Nurses Association. Mrs. Persaud- Wallace is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, and former Assistant Nurse Manager working at the Accident and Emergency Department. With the advent of COVID-19, she was recruited into IPC (Infection Prevention and Control), alongside the Assistant Matron to develop policies and strategies which would prepare institutions for the advent of COVID-19. Mrs. Persaud- Wallace completed her nursing training at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College and also successfully completed her upper tertiary education in the said field from the University of the West Indies.
Ms. Gracelyn Hanley holds a Master’s Degree in International Nursing from the National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science. Ms. Hanley is currently a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, and a Critical Emergency Nurse at the Alexandra Hospital.
Ms. Dhaima Golding is the holder of a Master of Science Degree in Midwifery Nursing from the Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science. Ms. Golding currently serves as the Assistant Nurse Manager and Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Alexandra Hospital.