The public health sector has been plugged with even more professionals to aid its delivery of health care agenda with the graduation of 251 student nurses from the Georgetown School of Nursing. At a graduation ceremony on Thursday at the National Cultural Centre 110 Registered Nurses, 56 Midwives and 85 Nursing Assistants graduated This year’s graduation marks the Georgetown School of Nursing 31 st Biennial ceremony, where many young people have received certification to provide services in the public health sector.

The most outstanding performer and valedictorian this year was Leola Charles who undertook the professional nursing programme. She was the recipient of the Minister of Public Health Award and the first-ever PAHO/WHO award among several others in recognition of her stellar performance both in theory and clinical practices.

In her valedictory speech, Charles encouraged her batch along with those who have completed other programmes, to be trailblazers in their respective fields, as they transition fully into the world of work.

“Let us leave a trail that others will be proud to follow. Class of 2018, as graduates, we face many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future, however, it’s up to us to make a difference to have people say honourable things about us and leave the impression that you never gave up on yourself,” Charles said.

In her feature address, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence testified that since her appointment to the sector, she has worked assiduously with the faculty of Health Sciences and Education to make necessary changes to nursing education.

To this end, the minister expressed her confidence in the graduating batch’s preparedness to be deployed into the Public Health system. She further added that the citizens of Guyana can be reassured of quality health services being delivered to them by these professionals.


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