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 “white nurse” dig me, I don’t want the “brown nurse” 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 “white nurse”.
Born on 1th April 1934, Pearline Venetta Henry, née 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 – 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.