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It’s a medical milestone in local health care: the first Caymanian nurse with a doctorate in nursing practice. Hazel Brown is the Chief Nursing Officer for the Health Services Authority (HSA).

She achieved her Bachelor’s degree back in 1981 and her masters in 1987 – a long way from when only one nurse was on duty for the hospital overnight.
She says increased education is good for every nurse. “We’re also trying to get all of our nurses at a bachelor’s degree. all of the research has shown that nurses with a Bachelor’s degree have a significant impact on the quality of patient care, so quality of patient care improves as the percentage of nurses with bachelors degrees increases,” said Nurse Brown.

In her time with the HSA, she has seen the hospital grow from 18 beds to 124.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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