Amanda Jones is an emerging poet, artist, and songwriter who comes from the southern part of Trinidad, which is the twin island of Tobago, in the Caribbean. Amanda is a Registered Nurse with ten years of experience and last worked at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Outpatient Clinic at the San Fernando General Hospital. This clinic services a wide catchment of the population.
Interestingly Amanda’s call to writing for this purpose was ignited when she visited her friend’s father in law who was admitted to the hospital because of a diabetic complication. After visiting, that very afternoon she penned the poem “An Encounter With Diabetes” which can be found in her first book, "Poems For You and Your Neighbour- Health Disorders Simplified".
In an effort to educate, encourage and empower those affected by the Diabetes pandemic, she wrote this first book which was launched on October 10th 2015. Her book also provides insight on conditions of the eye (Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Cataract), which are the leading causes of blindness. Each poem represents either a personal or professional life event. Glaucoma, for instance, has affected Amanda’s family tree to the point that her grandfather lost his will to live after being blinded by it. Because of this Amanda raises awareness through her book. The book is designed as an interactive teaching tool for patients and practitioners alike; with the aim of giving new meaning and significance to old information and concepts using rhyme to attach key points to memory.
Amanda’s passion and enthusiasm for her calling as a Nurse has caused her to strive further to effect positive changes into the lives of her, fellow citizens. According to the International Diabetes Federation, Trinidad-and-Tobago in 2014 had 135,600 cases of Diabetes with 1,461 adult deaths due to the disease for that period. Given the prevalence of the Disease (14.2% in adults 20 to 79 years) Amanda is now embarking on community outreach projects throughout Trinidad and Tobago, using her book to make health education more accessible and less confusing, particularly to the rural populations with the hope that a more informed patient will also be a more responsible patient when it comes to their health.
Amanda continues the fight against diabetes by placing focus on this health challenge as identified in her newly released books "Poems for Patients- A Focus on Diabetes" and "The ABCs of Diabetes for Children"
When she’s not engrossed in her many creative endeavours, she enjoys caring for her husband and their two exuberant boys.
Amanda Jones writes to educate.
The inspiration for this book came after visiting the diabetic ward to checkup on her friend's Dad. An excerpt from POEM VII states:
"The threat which diabetes posed was so evident,
As I stood in the open ward viewing its residents.
Diabetes showed no mercy for age, creed or colour,
Since disregard to caution placed the odds in its favour."
Effective education in action occurs when someone has the knowledge required to do what is necessary to prevent what could have been avoided. An example as simple as the wearing of diabetic socks which are comfortable and slips on easy over ankles, non-binding and are not tight.
Diabetes, Hypertension, Glaucoma, Cataract and also the pre-requisites for being a nurse are covered in this most memorable,ingenious rhyming format.
" These phenomenal poems and lavish illustrations capture the knowledge,humility, kindness, perseverance, self-discipline and love required to battle the tsunami of diabetes. Her remarkable insights into this relentless chronic disease will empower the region as we confront the scourge of obesity-related complications.Its tremendous educational impact and practical information will be welcomed by laypersons and health care professionals".
DR JOEL DAVID TEELUCKSINGH
Consultant in Internal Medicine/Endocrinology and Diabetes. San Fernando Teaching Hospital
Amanda Jones was born and raised in the south part of the beautiful island of Trinidad in the Caribbean.
She graduated from A levels in 2002. She then worked for a short time at a grocery store before enrolling in an Associate Degree Nursing program with COSTAATT.
Amanda Jones became a Registered Nurse in January 2006 after passing her exams in October 2005. In June 2007 she got married. After having her first son in 2009 she decided to resign. Interestingly fate would have it that after one year and a half she would return to work as a Registered Nurse. In 2014 she had her second son.
Amanda uses poetry, which she writes, as a teaching tool to educate her patients.
She is also a songwriter. Some of the songs she has written can be found on the album 'It's Not Too Late' sung by Casandra Jones.
On May 21 she published her first book “Poems for Patients” in the kindle store. She has continued her trend of writing rhymes to educate, encourage and empower in 2016, where she published 'Poems for Patients: A Focus on Diabetes' and 'The ABC's of Diabetes for Children'.