Association of Jamaican Nurses-Greater Houston (AJN) 

About Us

The Association of Jamaican Nurses History

In the fall of 1988, Mrs. Desrene Harvey hosted a welcome reception for a group of 4 Jamaican nurses who were recruited by Mrs. Monica Rudder to work at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. At this gathering, the consensus was that this could be an avenue for mentorship for new nurses. The group further recommended that this would be a great opportunity for Jamaican nurses to come together to embrace our heritage, network and provide assistance to the Jamaican.  After a few more meetings and exploring the options of formalizing the group as a structured organization, ‘The Association of Jamaican Nurses’ (AJN) evolved in spring of 1989 and our first president, Mrs. Lena Dietrich, was elected.


  • Annual Nursing scholarships to nursing students since 1999, more than 27 has been awarded to date
  • Provided medical supplies and personal items to the Savanna la mar Hospital
  • Collaborated with Dr. Dinsdale Ford and the Jamaica Foundation to provide disaster relief post Hurricane  Gilbert 
  • Donated supplies to Falmouth Hospital            
  • Provided  Incubators to Savanna la mar Hospital
  • Donated walkers and wheelchairs, clothing  and toiletries to Portland Infirmary
  • Provided Awning to Lucea Infirmary
  • Provided community services and assistance after Hurricane Katrina
  • Provided support, accommodation for Jamaican patients receiving Humanitarian medical care in the Texas Medical Center
  • Annual visit to the Lucea infirmary to provide care and personal items
  • Annual community  healthcare at the Crossing Church of the Nazarene
  • Donation of paper supplies to Nora's house
  • Donated check to Baker Ripley Foundation at NRG stadium to assist families affected by hurricane Harvey
  • Participated with Team Jamaica Hurricane Harvey fundraiser in collaboration with Jamaica foundation of Houston and the Domino Club Missouri City
  • Annual community healthcare and back to school event at Cool Runnings Restaurant


In addition, the AJN has:

  •  Provided donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Collaborated with Christ The King Episcopal Church with the Food Pantry Drive
  • Provided donation to the Red Cross
  • Provided donation to the Battered Women’s Shelter
  • Hosted two Health Fairs in collaboration with Dentists, nutritionists, and churches.
  • Provide assistance to needy families and toys for children at Christmas time
  • Provide volunteers and collaborate with the Jamaica Foundation for the Houston International Festival
  • Provide first aide for the annual JAGA Fest hosted by the Jamaica Foundation in Galveston annually
  • Supported fundraising events with the Domino Club to help victims of the Caribbean community affected by Hurricane Harvey


Elected Officers 2016-2018
Angella Bassaragh President
Desree Grant
Syble  Stewart Secretary
Charmaine Brown Asst. Secretary
Sonia McGrath Treasurer
Laurel Westcarth Asst. Treasurer
Carlene Nichols Activity Coordinator
Darnette Hill Public Relations Coordinator
Karen Tyson Scholarship Coordinator

Past Presidents
Lena Detrich
Barbara Miller
Joan White
Darnette Hill
Sonia McGrath
Hyacinth Gordon
Sandra Shaw
Laurel Westcarth
Claudette Campbell

Applications Forms
1.  Scholarship Application form - 2016:
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2.  AJN Membership Application form:  Click Here

Regular monthly meetings are held on the 2
nd Saturday of each month at 4 pm.,  except July and August, at The Crossing Church of the Nazarene,  14240 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX
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