A daughter of Jamaica, Fay Randall’s career interest peaked when nurses visited at St. Thomas Technical High School. She began her studies at the University Hospital of the West Indies School of Nursing.
Working there for seven years, Sister Olive Charles, nursing director, was a great influence, “She pushed me to be the best of myself, recommended me to do a presentation to an auditorium full of nurses and told me I would make a great nurse educator.” And Ms. Randall is a great educator and has advanced her education at York and Hunter Colleges.
Now, with her vast experience in maternal health and child nursing, this nurse educates the present generation of health professionals.
For 24 years, Ms. Randall worked at Metropolitan Hospital Center — 10 years as a clinical educator.
Currently at Bellevue Hospital Center, where in addition to being the head nurse of the surgery clinic, she does what she does best, teaching.
For the last eight years, Ms. Randall has been educating nurses, an adjunct faculty in pediatrics and obstetrics / gynecology, supervising the clinical experience of registered nursing students, and instructing junior nursing students.
“As part of my work, I mentor new nurses, encourage staff and offer advice for professional career development,” she says.
Additionally, Ms. Randall opens doors for the next generation, “I have worked closely with the volunteer department to facilitate summer internship programs for high school students from 1199 Union and other organizations. This experience allows high school students to see the role and activities of the different professions in health care and helps them make a life choice for their career.”
Ms. Randall enjoys a long list of awards and recognitions for her devotion and contributions to this field where she has worked for more than 40 years.