Veteran Liberian Nurse Wins Prestigious George-Williams Award


Monrovia – The Liberia Board of Nursing & Midwifery, working with the The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program on Friday, March 17 awarded Tarnue Gbelee, RN, MHC with the 2017 Ellen George Williams Award for Mental Health Nursing at the Kataka City Hall, Margibi County.

The award named in honor of veteran nurse Ellen George William is awarded annually to the mental health clinician deemed most to embody the spirit and passion for mental health nursing exhibited by Mrs. George Williams. 

Mrs. George Williams served in many positions in health sector including as the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Liberia, Consultant, the Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health, Director of the TNIMA School of Nursing, Chairperson at the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery, and the West African College of Nursing and faculty at various colleges including Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, United Methodist University, and the Carter Center Post-Basic Training Program in Mental Health. 

Mr. Tarnue Gblelee, RN, MHC is a registered nurse and mental health clinician who graduated from Smythe Institute.  He has held numerous positions including most recently with the Sinoe County Health Team where he was Lead Mental Health Clinician. 

He was the Sinoe County lead on the Mental Health Beyond Facilities Project. 

He now Supports the Margibi County Health Team providing support to the Mental Health Team and the Supporting Psychosocial Health and Resilience Project. 

Mr. Gbelee, a nurse and mental health clinician is only the third recipient of the award, which comes with a plaque and a cash prize. 

Prior recipients include: The Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery and Klubo Mulbah, Clinical Director at ES Grant Mental Health Hospital.

The award was presented by Mrs. Thelma Duncan-Sawyer, MSW and MPIA and faculty in the Post-Basic Training Program on Mental Health, at the second graduation of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinicians.