By Uzo Ugwunze
The 150 matriculants of the 2022 set of student nurses and 2023 set of student midwives of Anambra State College of Nursing Sciences (ASCONS) Nkpor have been advised to shun all negative tendencies such as cultism, drunkenness, examination malpractice, hooliganism and disrespect to constituted authority.
Speaking during the matriculation/capping ceremony of 2022/2023 set of students nurses and midwives at ASCONS, Nkpor, the Provost, Dr. Juliana Nwazuruoke after congratulating the matriculants for being qualified for admission into the college urged them to shun all negative tendencies and social vices but rather embrace high professional integrity and excellence.
“I congratulate our matriculating students for being found worthy and qualified for admission into the College having passed the 6 months Preliminary Training School (PTS) exam conducted by the school and Nursing Council admission committee”.
“As professional nurses in the making, you are enjoined to pull all resources together to achieve this objective as the nursing requires men and women of high integrity, empathy,humane, compassionate, caring and intelligence in rendering the vocation excellent”.
“You are therefore encouraged to shun all negative tendencies such as cultism, drunkenness, exam malpractice, hooliganism and disrespect to constituted authority which could truncate your stay in the college,”said Dr. Nwazuruoke.
In her address, Director, Nursing and Midwifery Services, Anambra State, Mrs Perpetua Anene who was represented by a Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs Ifeyinwa Afam advised the students to abide by rules and regulations guiding the profession while in school and during clinicals.
“You are called to save humanity, to be caring, give hope, alleviate suffering. Nursing requires personal sacrifice and discipline, emulate Florence Nightingale who allowed God to use her during the premier war,” she said.
According to the Anambra State Commissioner for health, Dr. Afam Obidike, the students should be focused on their studies. Nursing is a vocation not just to work. One must have that human feelings towards the patients while rendering healthcare services. Around 1860 Florence Nightingale came from a wealthy background but her passion, empathy for the sick and wounded was exceptional and the trigger behind establishing the nursing profession. Today, this compassion seems to be lacking among health workers.
Earlier, the Class Representative of the Student Nurses, Donald Anigbogu after eulogizing the Provost,tutors and parents for their immense contributions towards helping the students actualize their dreams thanked God for helping the 150 matriculants pass the PTS out of the 4000 candidates that applied for both the 2022 and 2023 academic sessions of Nursing and Midwifery departments.
However the highlights of the 3rd joint matriculation ceremony include the capping of the new student nurses and midwives, oath taking, cutting of college and individual matriculation cakes, photographs and merriments.
The Trio of Miss Adaku Delight Nnoruka, Surv. Mrs Uzoma Diamond Okeke, Miss Sonia Chiamaka Nkechika in their separate speeches thanked God, their parents and tutors for helping them scale through the ‘almighty’ PTS examinations out of about 4000 students that attempted the examination after 6 months.
The Father of the day, Surv. Okechukwu Cosmas Okeke, Chief Ifechukwukwulu Idueri Kingdom of Aguleri, Mr and Mrs Mmaduabuchi Nnoruka advised the students to focus on their studies and come out in flying colors knowing that nursing profession is a selfless vocation to serve God and humanity.
Uzo Ugwunze is a staff of the Anambra State Ministry of Information