first_imgTwo hundred and fifty-one students graduated from the Georgetown School of Nursing on Thursday. This number comprises 110 professionally registered nurses, 56 midwives and 85 nursing assistants.Leola Charles, a graduate from the Professional Nursing Programme of the Georgetown School of Nursing, and now a registered nurse, has emerged as the 2018 valedictorian. Charles, along with others, received special awards for their outstanding performances and special skills demonstrated throughout their course of studies.This year’s graduation marks the school’s 31st Biennial ceremony, where scores of young professionals have received certification to provide services in the public health sector. The graduation exercise was hosted at the National Cultural Centre.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 is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Charles was the recipient of the Public Health Minister’s Award and the first-ever PAHO/WHO award among several others in recognition of her stellar performanceValedictorian Leola Charles receives her award from Public Health Minister Volda Lawrenceboth in theory and clinical practices.In her address to the gathering, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said 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.The graduates were also encouraged to demonstrate an excellent level of patient care as they all have an important role to play as servants in the public health sector.“We at the Ministry recognise that you are the pillars of a sustainable and an effective health system the core of the next generation of nurses on whom Guyana will depend for a resilient and robust health structure,” Minister Lawrence said.Midwife Ann Ferguson-Goppy, registered Nurse Melissa Emanuel and Nursing Assistant, Sherl Daniels, all excitedly highlighted their journey to completing their individual programmes.The graduation ceremony saw several persons from this year’s batch receiving special awards in the areas of interpersonal skills, management and leadership qualities and overall outstanding performances in theoretical studies and clinical practices.Among those graduating was Batch 125A, who was a part of approximately 200 students, who retook the State Final Examinations and attained 100 per cent passes in 2017. This batch received timepieces compliments of PAHO/WHO in recognition of their overwhelming performance.The Georgetown-based nursing school have over the years been hit by many controversies. Last year, 150 students who wrote the nursing exams, which were allegedly compromised, had to rewrite the exams.An investigation was launched after it was reported that the nurse’s examination papers were leaked before the sitting and assessment of 250 nursing students.last_img read more


first_img“This year, with the exciting innovations introduced by the PSL and the new sponsor MTN, I feel that the competition will be fiercer than ever before, and I am certain that there are no favourites,” he said. FixturesIt kicks off on Friday 8 August at the Johannesburg Stadium, where Orlando Pirates will take on PSL champions SuperSport United. The Buccaneers have had ample opportunity to find their pre-season legs in the Vodacom Challenge and the Telkom Charity Cup, which they won at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs. “The eight winners from each of the matches will then go through to the final, where they will compete for the ultimate prize, and to be crowned the ultimate MTN 8 Wafa Wafa fan.” The MTN 8 Knockout will feature South Africa’s top eight clubs doing battle for a lucrative R8-million winner-takes-all prize. The tournament’s catch phrase will be “Wafa Wafa!” which, roughly translated, means “last man standing”. Interestingly, the competition draw favoured all four Gauteng clubs in the competition with home games. “The most passionate fans at each match will be selected to take part in a half-time competition, with the crowd voting for the winner,” Verkade said. 5 August 2008 Another two quarterfinal clashes take place on Saturday 9 August, with Moroka Swallows facing Ajax Cape Town at Olympia Park and Kaizer Chiefs tackling Santos at Loftus Stadium. Chiefs, like Pirates, have enjoyed plenty of pre-season action and are, on the evidence so far presented, an improved outfit over last season. ‘Memorable matches’“Since the inception of the Top 8 in 1972, we have seen the birth of many legends and some truly memorable matches,” PSL chairman Irvin Khoza said in a statement. center_img The Premier Soccer League has announced another big windfall with MTN committing R400-million over five years to the sport. The cellular communications giant has also taken over the title sponsorship of the Top 8 knockout tournament. The prize money is significantly improved over last year’s figures, which saw Mamelodi Sundowns, as winners, taking home R1.3-million and runners-up Orlando Pirates pocketing R750 000. The format gives the clubs and players extra motivation to win, but each team will receive R800 000 simply for participating. The first leg of the semi-finals will be staged the following weekend, on 16 and 17 August, with the second leg fixtures scheduled for 23 and 24 August. World Peace Day, 21 September, will be the day of the final. ‘Ultimate football supporter’MTN spokesman Pieter Verkade urged fans of the top eight clubs to become involved in the competition. “Just like the teams, we encourage the fans to go all out and demonstrate their passion for the game and their club, to determine who the ultimate football supporter of the MTN 8 Wafa Wafa competition will be. “As the only African global sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa, MTN has shown its passion for football,” Khoza said. The last of the quarterfinals sees Mamelodi Sundowns in action against Free State Stars at the Super Stadium on Saturday 10 August. The Brazilians will want to make amends for their early exit from the Telkom Charity Cup, and will also want to show that they are better than their fourth place in the 2007/08 PSL season. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more