Edell Saunders

Caring, Concern, helpful and adjectives warm. These are just a few words to describe Nurse Smith.

On entering Nurse Smith office, I felt comfortable and relaxed. She checked my vital signs and told me what to do, e.g what to eat, when to eat, how to eat and portion sizes for my plate. She reminded me to take my medications on time, exercise daily and check my blood sugar level. She explained to me what to do when it’s too high or too low.

Sometimes it’s not easy, but with family support, it makes it easier. I’m eating healthier by planning my meals all because I’m following Nurse Smith’s advice. I look forward to coming to the Diabetic Research Institute because of her caring attitude. Now I have more confidence in myself in coping with my issues.

I owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation toNurse Shirley Smith


We use the Annual World Diabetes Day every year to enhance this mandate by reaching out to Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics and the wider community by conducting Health Screenings, Counseling and Education Sessions

This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic our message will be sent using social and print media. Our Activities will encompass the theme: “The Nurse and Diabetes”. They will include:

  • A research paper conducted on Nurses who work with diabetics in the clinic, family island, hospital, and school setting
  • Testimonials from Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics on the impact nurses have had on their diabetic journey
  • A “Diabetic Champion Board” will be on display at the Diabetic Research Institute highlighting clients who have had a reduction in HbA1c numbers over the past 3 months

Deondre Morris (Type 1 Warrior)
Nurse Coral Dean is a selfless, compassionate, and wonderful nurse but even more so an amazing woman and mother like figure for me. She not only introduced me to a place to help me cope with my illness during my time of slight depression and being disoriented but she also enabled me to be a part of a family that she contributed greatly to building. She would take the time out to take care of her type 1 patients which greatly shows her compassion.

Furthermore, whenever we would come to her with a problem, she would always take her personal time to help us solve it despite having her own family, which truly showcases her selflessness. She is the person who has inspired me to not take a job for the money but instead to follow my passion and be happy. Nurse Dean was the person who saw something in me that I could not even see within myself. She told me that she did not see me as an RBDF officer but instead as a doctor and those few words changed the entire course of my life and enabled me to find my passion which is helping others.

Thus, in conclusion Nurse Dean is not only an amazing Nurse through her selfless attitude, compassionate heart, and wonderful and approachable demeanor but also an amazing woman because of these qualities. She truly emphasizes and portrays the traits of an excellent nurse but also a phenomenal woman who I am more than elated to call a second mother.


Nurses Making a Difference in My Life

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Spencer Finlayson
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 17 years ago at the Elizabeth Estates Clinic. The nurse that played an integral part in my treatment at Elizabeth Estates Clinic is Nurse Dellareese Rolle. She is simply outstanding and made sure I got to see my doctor, Doctor Roland Hamilton, during my scheduled and unscheduled visits. She went above and beyond the call of duty for me and for that I will be forever grateful. Nurse Rolle always demonstrated Christian charity to me.

Additionally, Nurse Dean from the Diabetic Research Institute , was a pillar of strength for me in my diabetic battle. She was always very professional, courteous and showed a genuine concern for my well-being, always with a smile on her face. Her commitment to excellence should also be noted.

Finally, I have been the beneficiary of some wonderful persons greatness and kindness. I am very appreciative.

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