Barbados Nurses Association

'United in Service'


Miss Eunice Gibson, MBE

The Barbados Nurses Association (BNA) was formerly the Barbados Registered Nurses Association (BRNA) and is a not for profit Association.

It was founded in the decade of the thirties by a great nurse, the innovative and visionary Eunice Gibson, who saw the need for unity and a professional fraternity, at a time when there was growing restlessness and discontent among nurses at the Barbados General Hospital, due to appalling conditions of service at the time.

The vision and foresight of Miss Gibson along with support from eleven farsighted colleagues resulted in the formation of the BRNA in July 1936.  The association has been blessed with a number of outstanding persons at the helm and the present President is Mrs. Blondelle Mullin.

The Association was incorporated by an Act of Parliament on February 15th, 1943 under CAP 354 of the Laws of Barbados through the BRNA Act 1943-146.  The Act makes provision for the BRNA as a body politic and corporate to:

• Manage its own internal affairs (set its own rules/regulations)
• Plan and execute programmes for the benefit of its members
• Engage in real estate transactions
• Negotiate loans for the benefit of its members
• Have perpetual succession – continue as an organization under its registered name.

The BNA is a Professional Nurses Association and the second of its kind in the commonwealth Caribbean.  It is recognised by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) as the duly representative National Nurses Association for Nurses in Barbados since 1957.

The BNA obtained trade union status in 1990 and has a Trade Union (SEW & Industrial Relations) Department.  The BNA is a founding member of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB).  It negotiates with government under the umbrella of CTUSAB for terms and conditions of service for its members.  The BNA meets with the Ministry of Health and the management of various institutions to discuss and agree on terms and conditions of service for its members, as well as other areas of concern to the members.

The management of the BNA is guided by the by-laws which are set out in the Constitution.  The management structure of the BNA comprises the Executive Committee elected by the members and made up of 8 officers, 2 floor members, 5 Chairmen of committees and the Immediate Past President.  These Executive Members with the exception of the Immediate Past President are elected every two years.

The Constitution is the final authority on the governance and management of the BNA.  The Executive shall decide on any matter not addressed in the constitution, and the decision shall be binding on the members.  The Executive Committee shall seek to canvass wide member opinions before making its decision on those matters.  The Constitution makes provision for addressing vacancies, if occurring at times other than at elections.  The structure provides for a potential 20 member Executive Committee to conduct the business of the BNA.  An Administrative Officer and an Assistant administers the secretariat.  A firm of Chartered Accountants audits the Association’s financial accounting annually.

 Term of Office
Miss Eunice Gibson
1936 - 1946
 Lady Rosita Scott
 1946 - 1952
 Miss Eunice Chandler
 1952 - 1959
 Mrs. Grace Jordan (now Grace Lady Jordan)
 1959 - 1960
 Mrs. Floretta Reeves
 1960 - 1961
 Mrs. Ilene Murray-Aynsley
 1961 - 1965
 Miss Grace Pilgrim
 1965 - 1969
 Rev. Colton Bennett
 1969 - 1974
 Mrs. Perleta Hinds
 1974 - 1976
 Mrs. Maria Babb
 1976 - 1977
 Miss Dorothy Ramsay
 1977 - 1978
 Mr. George Griffith
 1978 - 1982
 Mrs. Patricia Wickham
 1982 - 1984
 Mrs. Olga Devonish
 1984 - 1987
 Miss Eleane Hunte
 1987 - 1990
 Mrs. Peggy Rickinson 
 1990 - 1994
 Mrs. Flynn Denny
 1994 - 1996
 Mrs. Angela Crawford
 1996 - 2001
 Mrs. Marion Howard
 2001 - 2005
 Mrs. Paulette Drakes
 2005 - 2011
 Mrs. Blondelle Mullin
 2011 - 2017
  Mrs. C. Joannah Waterman
 2017 - 

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