Seven individuals from the Cayman Islands Government Hospital School of Nursing were capped licensed practical nurses in a commencement ceremony Thursday.
Melissa Berry, Teesa Lawes, Veronica Levy, Sophia Morgan, Donnote Parker, Johann Taylor and Joy Vernon received certificates from Education Minister Roy Bodden and nurses pins from Acting Chief Nursing Officer Hazel Brown at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in George Town.
Twenty-year-old Melissa Berry, the daughter of Arnold Berry and Marcia Moore, received the Vernice Hawkins Award for outstanding performance in safe clinical practice, academic and all rounded balanced individual.
‘Nursing is not just a profession, it is a privilege,’ said Nurse Hyacinth Rose on behalf of past deputy patron and nursing instructor Vernice Hawkins. ‘Each day you are instrumental in helping others and saving lives. Not everyone can be a nurse – it takes a special person. It requires dedication, compassion, excellence and patience. To excel in the field of nursing as you have done, shows that you possess these characteristics.’
Keynote speaker, Pastor Winston Rose’s message to the young graduates was, ‘If you are going to be persons reaching further by faith this is just the beginning and you are not to stop there. God wants you to succeed.
‘If you want to reach further by faith stop placing limits on yourselves, associate with those who are in the quest and going somewhere, help someone else, learn to preserve and persist, be a person of prayer and be a person who has faith in God.’
In her student address Ms Berry acknowledged preceptors who contributed to their growth and development, tutors for believing in them, nurses who mentored them on the units, the Health Ministry and Health Service Authority Board for the support of the program and training and parents and others who supported them throughout the 22-month programme.
To Pastor Rose she said, ‘We are willing to accept your challenge tonight and as our theme says, ‘reaching further by faith,’ for we truly have come this far by faith.
‘To my batch mates, we have learned what is really important in life, we have learned to care, to forgive, and we have learned to love. These are the important things, as we become part of a caring community. Today more than ever I believe that one has to know how to love to become a nurse.’
‘Take this first step as a beginning and go for the stars. You can do it, you can go further. God speed and riches blessings,’ said Mr. Bodden