As the New Amsterdam School of Nursing held its 15th biennial graduation ceremony, 117 persons were certified to perform their duties in a more effective manner.The new nurses were admonished to put forward a jovial attitude at work as well as to soar above and beyond the call of duty as the world of work awaits them.This encouragement was given by Alex Foster, the Regional Advisor to the Senior Public Health Minister, as he was given the honour to deliver the feature address at the ceremony.“Each one of you is precious to the fabric that makes up public health … I, therefore, ask that today this be taken seriously, and you put your training into action … and be determined to make a difference,” Foster was quoted as saying in a report filed by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Acting Principal and Senior Tutor of the Nursing School, Oselene Hicken-Paul related that during last year the institution saw massive improvements compared to previous years. Among these was the acquisition of seven full-time tutors and some senior nurses who lecture part-time and ensure that the curriculum is completed. Hicken-Paul also reported that two new classrooms were installed, along with a spanking new student hostel.Among the graduates were 61 Registered Nurses (RNs); 44 Nursing Assistants (NAs) and 12 Midwives. The eight male graduates in the group were acknowledged for their perseverance.Reniska Marks-Warde, a newly-graduated RN, who was the valedictorian for the class of 2018, during her speech, reminded her colleagues of the challenging encounters and the many sacrifices they made. Marks-Warde encouraged her batch, along with those who have completed other programmes, to always be professional in their respective fields.The graduates were later charged by Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) L Johnson to be humble and to always make health and safety their number one priority.For the past two years, the School has conducted training for the Professional Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Post Basic Midwifery and the Single Trade Midwifery programmes.
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