A total of 117 student nurses from the Cornwall School of Nursing and the Kingston School of Nursing, graduated from the institutions recently (Thursday July 29), after successfully completing the training requirements in general nursing, basic midwifery and post basic midwifery.
The first joint graduation ceremony, attended by hundreds of persons from across Jamaica, was held at the Kings Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Mount Salem, Montego Bay, St. James.. The graduates were presented with certificates for their accomplishments, and 14 singled out for exceptional and outstanding achievements and performances in the main areas of the training curriculum.
The awards included, outstanding academic performance, outstanding leadership qualities, best medical/surgical case study, highest grade in disaster management examination and best obstetric case study.
Graduate, Victoria Miller-Hamilton of the Cornwall School of Nursing accepting her award for outstanding leadership qualities during the Cornwall and Kingston Schools of Nursing graduation ceremony at the Kings Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mount Salem, Montego Bay on Thursday July 30.
Addressing graduands and guests at the ceremony, Chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Rev. Courtney Walters, told them that, notwithstanding the challenges awaiting them in the world of work, they were “great” servants charged to render quality service to humanity.
“In order to serve in this your chosen field, I encourage you all, like Mary Seacole, be models of dedication and determination against the challenges ahead,” the JCF Chaplain said.
“You have to believe in yourself, believe in what you are doing . as personal confidence is being assertive without being arrogant, it is being bold without being boorish, it is having confidence without being crude. You are healers, you are bringing healing to a society that is deeply fractured and dysfunctional, therefore personal confidence is critical to you being effective in serving,” Rev. Walters pointed out.
He also called upon graduands to hone and develop professional competence, as nurses were on the cutting edge of the delivery of quality medical service all over the world, doing great things and successfully healing the world. He reiterated that Jamaican nurses continue to make Jamaica proud, as they are among the best and most professional care givers.
Chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Reverend Courtney Walters, addressing participants in the Cornwall and Kingston Schools of Nursing graduation ceremony at the Kings Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mount Salem, Montego Bay on Thursday July 30.
“Remember your country Jamaica and do not forget the place of your birth. In your endeavours of service to humanity, I encourage you to care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible and work more than others think is necessary,” Rev. Walters urged.