Nurses told to respect profession
SIXTEEN students have graduated with a Diploma in General nursing from the St Barnabas School of Nursing in Alotau last December.
The 3 -year course has given students the knowledge and skills in clinical procedures and general nursing practice.
Nursing School principle Sr. Noreen Tabua in her address said the graduating students had undergone 3 years of intense training and perseverance to finally wear the formal white nurse’s uniform and obtain their Diplomas.
“We have had our fair share of problems whether disciplinary, financial or academic but we have overcome that. I thank our partners and stakeholders who have supported throughout to be able to make it possible for this graduation to happen” she said.
She encouraged the graduating class to respect and take their work seriously as health professionals and contribute to the health sector in the country as best as they could.
“Nursing is changing rapidly in terms of knowledge and skills training and the expectations of performance is high. The challenge begins when you wear the white uniform as a health professional,” said Sr. Anne Albert from the Alotau General Hospital.
Sr. Anne told students to respect their profession and to remember that they had been called to serve God and the people regardless of race and religion whether in rural or urban centres.
Meanwhile, a new boy’s hostel was officially opened for male students at the Nursing College. The JB Hostel was constructed and built at a cost of K1million in partnership with the Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority (PHA) and the National Department of Health.
Chief Executive Officer for Milne Bay PHA Billy Naide said at the hostel opening that the PHA was committed to supporting the St Barnabas School of Nursing as it was the only tertiary institution in the province.
Not only that, the PHA wanted to see more manpower in the health sector to make service delivery more effective especially in the rural areas.
Mr Naide acknowledged the achievements and efforts of St Barnabas School of Nursing in producing nurses that would now contribute in the health profession and other Church Agencies involved in the health service mainly Anglican, Catholic and United Churches.
“Manpower or human capital is one of the challenges we are facing in the health sector.“
“The PHA is committed to supporting health facilities or agencies that are contributing to health service delivery. This building shows our support towards that,” Mr Naide said.
Christian Health Services (PNG) presented gift packs of medical equipment to the graduands in recognition of their achievement.