Eliza Pillars is a loving and generous group of people that truly are concerned about each other and others outside of the organization.

Seventy four years ago six strong black female nurses saw the need to band themselves together in support of each other first and of other nurses of color. That single act has flourished to what is known today as The Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi. It has grown from six nurses to a state wide organization consisting of seven districts. I am blessed to serve as president to this group of high spirited and enthusiastic nurses.

Nursing is considered one of the most respected professions, and with good cause. Nurses realize that they will more often give more than they are given. They are prepared for the long grueling hours and lack of sleep. But at the end of the day they only want to know if they have helped someone and completed all assigned task. I urge anyone thinking of nursing not to judge the profession by the amount of blood you think you will see but the amount of heart that you will find yourself giving to others.

Eliza Pillars is a loving and generous group of people that truly are concerned about each other and others outside of the organization. Seeing their dedication to the organization made my platform choice an easy one of United: United to Promote Wellness and Growth While Maintaining a Solid Foundation.

I have been blessed to live long enough to witness many things. And one is being united can propel a group to places they would never get to being divided. My desire here is that we continue to promote wellness at the bedside as well as in the community. Also, that we promote growth throughout the state, while maintaining our stability. These are my desires but these are efforts that we will execute as a group. No one member can cause these actions to manifest. But together we can.

Each day that we live we are getting closer and closer to becoming a part of history. So that is why it is so important that we as nurses and the rest of the world take advantage of the opportunities we have to become educated and informed  These times that we are experiencing with advances in health care, travel and science will become history before we can actually make sense of it all.


Respectfully,

Laverne Watts RN, MSN,

EPRNM, State President