By Chidimma E Okoye :
Nkpor (Idemili North LGA), Feb. 8, 2021 (MOI) The Acting Director, Nursing, Ministry of Health, Awka, Mrs Perpetual Anene has called on student nurses to always wear their caps with dignity, pride and honour.
This is in deference to the laws and ethics of the nursing profession.
She said this during the capping ceremony of the 2019 set student nurses of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH) School of Nursing, Nkpor.
The ceremony which was supposed to have taken place in 2020 but for COVID 19 pandemic that disrupted the academic calendar of the school was done in strict adherence to COVID 19 protocols and without the presence of visitors, parents, guardians, family and friends of the students as a way of curbing the spread of the virus.
Mrs Anene said: “capping is an age long ceremony in the nursing profession that marks the official beginning of the nurses training which must be done after having passed the Preliminary Training and Studies (PTS) Exams”.
She said that the school was known for hard work and excellence with the students maintaining 100 per cent success in Nursing and Midwifery Council Examinations over the years.
Mrs Anene said that nurses were in high demand all over the world and therefore urged the students to take their studies seriously as not only to graduate in record time but also to beat the world standards.
“Always bear in mind that nursing is a call to serve God on earth by caring for your fellow human beings so do not set your mind on money,’’ she said.
The Principal of COOUTH School of Nursing, Mrs Dorothy Ngobili said that no fewer than 100 students have gone through the rigorous six months Preliminary Training & Studies (PTS) Exams but only 50 made it meritoriously for capping as student nurses.
She thanked Gov. Willie Obiano who has been funding the school through the management of COOUTH.
Mrs Ngobili enjoined the student nurses to work harder to ensure they graduate as registered nurses to start exploring the world of nursing.
The 2019 set, class representative Mr Ifechukwu Okpeti amid excitement said that the ceremony marked the beginning of their journey of training to become professional nurses.
“We experienced sleepless nights, fears, anxiety in the process of striving to make it to the top 50 that were capped. Thank God we survived together because hard times never last but hard people do,’’ he said. (MOI)