GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE 2017/2018 NURSING STUDENTS IN NATIONAL HOSPITAL, ABUJA
The National Hospital Abuja School of Post Basic Nursing presented the 13th set of Nephrology and 10th set of Oncology Nursing Students, who graduated for the year 2017-2018 academic session at the Trauma Centre Auditorium National Hospital, Abuja on the 8th of November, 2018.
In her welcoming address, the Asst. Director/ Nursing Services and the coordinating office of the Institute, Mrs Rose Yayok stated that; “The in- house training in Nephrology and oncology commenced In National Hospital, Abuja in the year 2000 and 2008 respectively. This was necessitated by the dire need for trained nurses in these specialties within the Nation and from inception till date; we have trained 205 Nephrology and 114 Oncology Nurses across Nigeria.”
She said that the desire to have such institution was born out of the need to have young and vibrant hands that will take care of complicated cases of renal and Oncology. And as well articulate the clinical and Professionals into practical skilled individuals that will become useful tools for our generation.
The Head of Dept. Oncology, Dr Bello A.A, in his speech expressed delight as he addressed the students. He articulates ; “ Today is a very happy day for me and its gladdening to me because this is the only post basic oncology training in the whole of West Africa and you should be proud that you are among the first 100 trained Post Basic Nurses in sub Sahara Africa. “ Speaking further, Dr Bello reminds the students that the course is so vast and thus do not require government work, rather they have been trained to employ others. He added, “One of the graduates last year created a blog that is making wave and she is educating a large number of Nigerians and in fact Africans. And because of her Blog, the African cancer coalition is trying to work with International Business Machines (IBM) to see how they can create an Application for her so she can move forward”. He concluded by encouraging them to use their skills acquired for the good of the society.
Dr Aisha Umar, the Ag Director Clinical Services (DCS) and the representative of the chief Medical Director (CMD) Dr JAF Momoh , in her Goodwill Message, expressed her appreciation to the Pioneers of the school, Doctors, Nurses, Students and all those who contributed in sustaining the programme. She further urged the students to be good ambassadors of the hospital not only in clinical care but also in empathy.
“I want to wish you well and inform you that we are delivering on the promise to get your school accredited”.She said.
Mallam Umar Aliyu, the H.O.D Nursing in his array of Joy tendered his gratitude to the management of the National Hospital, Abuja for their profound support and encouragements .He then congratulated the Graduating students charging them to be more responsible and to ensure that they continue to learn, as there is no end to learning
“We came, we saw, we conquered!!!” That was the testimony of the student representative. With the sense of indebtedness, she acknowledged God and the management of the National Hospital for the enormous role they have played in their lives. Emphatically she adds; “We didn’t just learn academics, we also learned morals and we must give it up to our teachers. We want to go into the world to give what we have learned, to represent National Hospital and we assure you that we will do that. On behalf of all the students, we are very grateful. Everybody gave us his or her best. Thank you all”.
Also in attendance were the Director and Deputy Director, Representative of the Director of Maintenance, Director of Finance and Account, the H.O.D Planning Research and Development.
Mr Thomas Edosonwan, Ag Director Finance & Accounts,thanked the students. He stated that “ Nurses, your job is highly demanded all over the world. Those of you who are graduating should count themselves for being among the lucky ones.it is one thing to start a programme and its another to pass out, but because of your seriousness you made it through.
Dr Anteyi E.A ,Head of Unit (NEPHROLOGY) in his bid to his goodwill message captures that the Nephrology training metamorphosed from an inhouse dialysis training to what it is now and this was harnessed by the NephrolophyAssociation of Nigeria and the Nursing Council.
He further admits his fullfilment towards the achievement, “ I didn’t know how important the training was to us untill one of the people we trained was highly recommened by an international organisation in Saudi Arabia. Having seeked for a job in the foreign firm, the indiviidual was tested and performed incredibly and I was called upon to attest to the fact that he was our student. Therafter, the organisation requested for more of our students.”
Dr Anteyi charged the Nursing Council and NANNM to work hand in hand with the aim of developing and expanding theiir curriculum to conform or tally with the modern fields of medicine.
In his remarks, the former HOD Oncology Dr Festus Igbinoba the founder of Oncologist , express his satisfaction towards the event,He urged the students not to relent in their efforts to distinguish themselves towards personal research and improvements. And also to summount their challenges.
The Director of Maintenance Engr. Agboola Ola who was represented by Engr. Pius Udihirinwa (Asst. Director Plan/Research Statistics) applauds the graduates adding that there is no end to learning; “As the world is expanding and going global, same way we must make effort to expand with wat is happening outside”.