The Nightingale School of Nursing at Adenta held a joint matriculation and graduation ceremony for both fresh and graduating students last Friday in Accra.
The well attended ceremony was held for 171 students made up 144 new students and 27 graduates. Out of the 144 fresh students, 102 were admitted to pursue a University of Ghana/Nurses and Midwives Council Diploma course in Registered General Nursing with the remaining 42 pursuing a certificate course in Healthcare.
Mr. Richard Sunu, the Principal of the school, asked the new students not to relax in their bid to be trained as professional nurses.
According to him, the Nightingale School of Nursing has what it takes to offer quality nursing education to both young men and women who aspire to pursue nursing as a career.
He noted that as part of plans to become the best nursing school in Ghana, The Nightingale School of Nursing has engaged professionals and competent staff as lecturers.
The guest speaker, Dr. Kumi Kyeremeh, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Ministry of Health, reminded students of the need for sacrifice, commitment, devotion, and necessity to serve humanity at all times.
Mr. Ampem Darko Oklodu – Abbey who represented the Registrar of the Nurses and Midwives Council, administered the matriculation oath.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Nursing Education beyond the Diploma level’, the guest speaker, Professor Ernestina Donkor, Ag. Dean, School of Nursing at the University of Ghana, Legon, advised the graduates to pursue further studies to the highest level in order to acquire adequate skills to enrich the profession.
She asked the graduates to take advantage of the various disciplines such as psychology, sociology, chemistry and physics, etc as part of the degree programmes in the university to enable them to specialise.
She noted that, specialised areas in nursing such as peri-operative nursing, psychiatric nursing, oncology nursing, neonatal nursing, public health nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing among others could be pursued by nurses who have diplomas.
Special prizes were awarded to the graduating students who distinguished themselves academically and exhibited a disciplined attitude.
Mr. O.K. Gyapong, the registrar of the school, was also awarded a special prize for his commitment to the school.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe