Press Release

Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
Department of Culture
Culture, Education
Release Date:
Thursday, 13 December 2018 - 4:06pm

The history of nursing in the Virgin Islands has been documented in a text by local author and practicing nurse Mrs. Norma Benjamin.

The book titled “Nursing In The Virgin Islands: A Historical Perspective (1920-2017)” highlights the development of the nursing sector over the past 90 years and is expected to inspire the younger members of the community to take up the mantle as the next generation of local nurses.

Mrs. Benjamin who has been employed in the Nursing Sector for over 30 years said the book will also be of benefit to persons of various professions.

Mrs. Benjamin said, “I am excited about this project, and I hope that this publication can be an inspiration to the younger community and a source of information about the history of the Health Services Authority in the Virgin Islands.”  

The book will be available from Monday, December 17 at local stores including Island Services, Little Denmark, Pusser’s Store in Road Town, and online at and  

Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Ms. Anne Lennard is inviting the public to attend and support the event.

“I am pleased to see the work of local authors who play such an important role in capturing different aspects of the Virgin Islands history,” she said.

The launching is being held on Monday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of Peebles Hospital. 

The Department of Culture continues to support local authors and develop the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.


Photo: Author of “Nursing In The Virgin Islands: A Historical Perspective (1920-2017)”, Mrs. Norma Benjamin


Berta McKelly Adams

Assistant Information Officer
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2740