August 11th, 2017 — If you attended the Sandy Point schools and remember when it was time for vaccination and there were two nurses who visited the schools. You would hear the students saying, I want the â€œwhite nurseâ€ dig me, I donâ€™t want the â€œbrown nurseâ€ dig me. The white and brown was used to describe the colour of their uniform. Well, this honoree was the one referred to as the â€œwhite nurseâ€.
Born on 1th April 1934, Pearline Venetta Henry, nÃ©e Mc Intosh, is the daughter of Arnold and Mary Mc Intosh, an entrepreneurial couple who did business in the town of Sandy Point. Nurse Henry confesses that she always dreamt of becoming a nurse and insists even today that Nursing is a calling rather than a profession.
This clarion call to be a nurse was answered on 16th January 1956 when she started her training at the Cunningham Hospital, St Kitts. In 1959, after completing the initial phase of her training as a student nurse, she received her first certificate as a Registered Nurse. In 1960, she went on to successfully complete a course in midwifery.
She served as Staff Nurse at the Pogson Hospital, Sandy Point for eight (8) years â€“ 1960-1968. She also served at the Peebles Hospital, Tortola, BVI from 1968-1971. She then returned to her homeland and served the Sandy Point Community as District Nurse/Midwife from 1972-1977.