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This Week We Feature Young Professional Stacey Bartley

Young Professional Stacey Bartley is a Registered Nurse and Case Manager employed by the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Photo: Provided
Stacey Bartley is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Photo: Provided
Stacey Bartley is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Photo: Provided
Registered Nurse and Virgin Islander Stacey Bartley is seen here a senior of Bethune-Cookman University. Photo: VINO
Registered Nurse and Virgin Islander Stacey Bartley is seen here a senior of Bethune-Cookman University. Photo: VINO
Young Professional and Registered Nurse Stacey Bartley hopes to pursue a degree in Mental Health so as to help persons in the Virgin Islands afflicted with mental health issues. Photo: Provided
Young Professional and Registered Nurse Stacey Bartley hopes to pursue a degree in Mental Health so as to help persons in the Virgin Islands afflicted with mental health issues. Photo: Provided
Our young professional this week is one who has a character of perseverance and believes in having an open mind. Both have helped to define her career path.

Ms Stacey Bartley is a Registered Nurse, specialising in Case Management, at the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA).

Case Management is a new post of the BVI Health Services Authority. “Once you are admitted I oversee your length of stay. I assist with discharge planning, ensure that everything we do while in hospital is actually needed and that we are not doing unnecessary testing and imaging. Because at the end of the day part of my job is to ensure that whatever we do for you is cost effective to you the patient, as well as billable to the insurance companies…I have to make sure that the organisation gets paid as well as you not being overcharged for unnecessary services.”

Stacey said her job gives her much satisfaction because a major part of what she does is patient education, which sees her doing much interaction with both patients and staff. “For example, if you come in with a newly diagnosed anything, diabetes, hypertension, HIV, part of what I do is to set up a full education session with the patient. Once I am done I make sure some of the necessary personnel, whether nutrition, physical therapy and some of the other disciplines get in and do their educational pieces with the patients.”

Our Young Professional, who has been the Case Manager at BVIHSA for a year, is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

The journey

This former student of the Leonora Delville Primary School and the then BVI High School said it was perseverance that made her complete her degree after she had returned to the territory in 2006 to give birth to her first child.

While home, Stacey worked at the Road Town Clinic for a year. She would return to her tertiary studies overseas in 2009.

Before returning to the territory in 2012 to serve as per her scholarship agreement, Stacy worked for a year at Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

“I felt at home because a lot of my co-workers had BVI background. My supervisor was from East End, her boss was from Anegada, so I was home. So for the one year I was there everyone took me under their wings and I was able to learn a whole lot and build upon the skills I learned in school.”

Shortly after her probationary period was up, Stacey was appointed a Charge Nurse and was able to get a feel of being in a supervisory role.

One of the reasons Stacey said she was grateful to work at Schneider Hospital was that “one of the things they tell us coming home is that we don’t have experience. So getting that exposure and direct hands on work experience really set me up for coming home.”

Since being home, Stacey worked for a year in the Emergency Room, a year in Medical and did a six-month rotation in Community Health before becoming the Case Manager at BVIHSA.

Stacey admits that she finds the job challenging at times but is determined to overcome. “Case Management is not really something that is found in Caribbean countries as it is more of a US system. It is a lot of educating to let the staff know what my role is and a lot of policy development. But because of my close ties with the staff down there at Schneider Hospital I usually call their Case Managers for guidance when I need.”

Our Young Professional is currently working on her Master’s in Case Management online.

Interest in Mental Health

Eventually, Stacey hopes to achieve a degree in Mental Health. “Mental Health is a field that I find is often neglected. I find that the BVI on a whole has not accepted that we do have a lot of mental health issues here, not just in the sense of quote unquote ‘crazy people’ but depression, alcoholism and we do have cases of Bi-polar and Schizophrenia. Due to the lack of community knowledge of being able to identify some of the signs of mental illness, it is often missed in the early phases.”

Stacey said she is always open to ideas and willing to try something new and as such does not rule out having a private practice somewhere in the future. “When people see nursing they only think about the nurses at the bedside and not those in the background helping with policy development.”

Our charming Young Professional is the second of 10 siblings. She was born to the late Esonia Bartley and Ira Alex Smith and grew up in Little Apple Bay on the West End of Tortola.

Her most passionate hobby is cooking, and that is not surprising as she had a strong interest in Home Economics while a student in high school. She also enjoys reading, watching horse races, dancing and writing poetry; however, much of her time is spent with her two children.

Inspiration

One of Stacey’s biggest sources of inspiration is her eldest sister Michele Blyden, who we featured as a young professional in 2012. “She has been one of my champions and supporters from day one. She set the pace for all of us.”

Another person, who Stacey credits to shaping her professional development and remains a steady source of guidance as a veteran nurse and friend, is Dr Jenecia Fairfax.

Advice to youth

Stacey personally believes that high school is just another stepping stone in life as it helps shape one to become a young adult but it does not determine one’s life path. “For example, I was very interested in Food and Nutrition as a Home Economics student, but today I am a Registered Nurse, but the knowledge I gained as a Home Economics student I am able to apply it on a daily basis as nutrition also plays a role in one's health.”

The message Stacey said she also wants to leave with young people is one of perseverance. “Life is full of speed bumps, sharp corners, road blocks, and detours, but it is not the difficulty of the journey that matters but the destination.

“Nothing in life comes easy. Set goals and work towards achieving them.”

29 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Stacey Bartley”

  • Boom (13/01/2017, 10:30) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is a young lady that I like and admire very much! Kudos to you.
  • Fam (13/01/2017, 10:41) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great Job Cuz
  • High Five! (13/01/2017, 10:41) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Stacy! Keep up the inspiring work!
  • Childhood Sister (13/01/2017, 10:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Continue to excel!! #Proud
  • got to got (13/01/2017, 10:49) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is what she is and more. Really a very nice, caring, and loving young lady. I will ask God to continue to guide and protect you. Keep up the good work.
  • VG (13/01/2017, 10:49) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another great pick you go girl
  • Love (13/01/2017, 11:02) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's my girl!
  • Atl (13/01/2017, 11:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Stacey
  • B (13/01/2017, 12:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great Job keep up the good work
  • way to go gurl (13/01/2017, 12:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the time i thought this lady was a smith
  • Citizen (13/01/2017, 12:41) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nice, hope others in the district is inspired
  • suh (13/01/2017, 12:42) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is a lovely lady indeed. Good going Ms Bartley
  • what a mess (13/01/2017, 15:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes cuz show them that qualified people do come from the B.V.I.
  • dog (13/01/2017, 15:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    so proud of this young lady
  • Black Pearl (13/01/2017, 15:52) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply

    But how them say BVIslanders lazy and don’t like work and aren’t aspiring for anything?
    You go girl!!! Stacey its people like you that make a difference.
    Wishing you all the best and may you prosper and achieve all your dreams.
    Shine like a Diamond.
  • Marker (13/01/2017, 18:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This girl is one sweetest and kindest person down there. Beauty and brains is what this girl defends. Big ups to Vino. This was a good choice.
  • pat (13/01/2017, 20:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOOK AT THAT SWEET SMILE this is another excellent pick VINO...stacey you have it going on girlfriend
  • the rock (13/01/2017, 21:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow your are beautiful, but not only beautiful u are intelligent also, great combination!
  • Colleague (13/01/2017, 22:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    In the time I've known Stacy she has consistently been a strong employee — capable of taking control of big projects and executing to the fullest. As well, she's a pleasure to work with. Stacy is cheerful in the face of daunting deadlines and always available to lend a hand to co-workers when necessary.

    Rarely do you come across someone who is talented at both big picture ideas and executing the small details — Stacy is just that person. As a case Manager here at BVHSA, she pitches event plans to clients and then manages the client relationship from ideation through execution. Stacy would is a great fit for this company, building strong relationships and ensuring successful events. you go girl proud of you

  • Cuz (13/01/2017, 23:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love it!
  • Home safe (14/01/2017, 00:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Laaaawd have mussy, I woan charge you duty going through Customs atall :) Congratulations Stacey, keep up the very good works! Very proud of you as a young and beautiful female Virgin Islander!! Blessings!
  • de silent one (15/01/2017, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! I've seen her going about her business and doing her part time job quietly not knowing of her ambition. As a young parent you have done well, and I could only wish you continued success in going forward with your ambition. Anything is achievable if you want to.
  • nat (15/01/2017, 12:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats cous! Keep up the good work and keep striving for excellence!
  • Fellow nurse (15/01/2017, 16:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Awesome pick Vino. Stacy you are an amazing young lady. Keep up the great work. It's a pleasure knowing you.
  • Straight (16/01/2017, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Admire this lady a lot God's blessings congrats, friendly out going young lady


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