The Government, through the Public Health Ministry, will be drafting a policy for nurses to access scholarships to further their studies. This was revealed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during the observance of International Nurses Week.Minister Volda Lawrence posing with three nurses of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)The minister indicated that the Nurses and Midwives Act, crafted in 1957, must be amended to allow for the creation of new policies catering to improved service provision by nurses.“We are working on a scholarship for nurses. Therefore, we want to design a policy that will go in tandem with the bill. (We are thinking of a policy) that allows you to specialise. We are operating in a very old system; therefore, we have to work with the Ministry of Public Service to ensure that we cater for studies (for) both our doctors and our nurses,” the minister said.Lawrence noted that enabling nurses to function in specialised capacities speaks to the Government’s commitment to create upward mobility within the nursing profession.“As a result of policy decisions that we make, and with you (nurses) as the executors, the general public now makes certain demands of you in your execution. They look upon you, as nurses, to take action; and they believe that the responsibility lies with you to enable them to access our health system,” Lawrence explained.Minister Lawrence also pledged to introduce a new and improved nursing service.Countries all across the world join in celebrating International Nurses Week, May 6-12, under the theme, “Nurses, A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right” as chosen by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). In Guyana, the week will be observed in all ten administrative regions, as senior nurses who have contributed significantly to the profession will be recognised.
WHITTIER – “Jack” Kirkwood, descendent of a Whittier founding family and former owner-operator of Jack’s Whittier Tire, died Wednesday of complications of kidney disease. He was 77. His full formal name was Leland John Kirkwood Jr., but his daughter, Laurie Kirkwood Hartigan of Brentwood, said he much preferred to be known simply as Jack. Besides the Kirkwoods, Jack’s ancestors include the historic Pickering, Mendenhall and Whitcomb families, dating back 114 years to Whittier’s founding as a Quaker community. Jack Kirkwood was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Sumatra, in the Dutch East Indies, where his father, Leland, worked for Shell Oil Co. His mother, Isabelle, had sailed there from California to be with her husband. After the war, he enrolled at Whittier College, where he earned a degree in business, was on the college wrestling team and taught golf on the staff of Coach George Allen, who was in charge of the college athletic program, Hartigan said. He graduated from Whittier College in 1955. Kirkwood is survived by sister, Joan Orem Northrup of Balboa Island; daughter, Laurie; and granddaughters, Erin, who lives in Washington, D.C., and writes for the Washington Post, Caitland, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Tess, 15, who lives with her parents in Brentwood. Interment will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park. No public service is planned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Jack’s father and his uncle, Marvin, founded Whittier Tire in 1938. Jack worked there over the years, taking over the business in the 1960s. He sold the business in 1992, bought it back in 1996 and sold it again last year. Jack’s daughter said he had a good boyhood life being raised on the Kirkwood Ranch in East Whittier. He had his own car at age 11 and was allowed to drive it around the ranch. “He used to tell us about his dad taking him to the races and holding him up so he could see Seabiscuit run,” Hartigan said. Jack Kirkwood was an All-CIF wrestler for two years as a student at Whittier High School. He graduated from Whittier High in 1946, took up golf at age 20 and eventually became the eight-time champion of the Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights. Kirkwood married Carol Kibre on Aug. 18, 1950, just before entering the Army and seeing combat in the Korean War. They divorced after 30years of marriage.