IUM Nursing and Midwifery Oath Taking Ceremony
IUM held its Nursing and Midwifery Oath Taking Ceremony on Wednesday, 18 May 2022, under the theme: “Nurses, a voice for Human and Health Rights”. It is indeed a befitting theme, especially in light of the impact that the Covid_19 pandemic had on the health care workers in the last two years.
In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Oladele Arowolo, IUM Vice- Chancellor, stated that nursing as a career today remains desirable to those who are motivated to serve others: “it is a profession in human compassion and care”.
He reminded the graduates that they are expected to work long hours, and be on their feet for most of the time. “More often than not, you will be required to help lift patients (from a wheelchair to a bed, for instance, or from the bed to the bathroom), thus increasing the risk of back injuries”.
A total of 163 Nursing Honours Degree have graduated since its introduction in 2017, while 13 students have received Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing since its inception in 2019. In his remarks, Hon. Prof David Namwandi, IUM Founder and Council Chair stated that IUM continues to receive positive feedback on the performance of IUM trained Nurses. “IUM Nurses stand out in the manner in which they render their services to patients and also the professionalism in which they conduct themselves” said Hon. Prof. Namwandi. He urged the new graduates to uphold the high standards and be worthy of the Institution that has trained them.
Expressing a word of gratitude on behalf of fellow graduates, Ms. Ruusa Ndamona Inekela Abiniel thanked the entire IUM family and fraternity as well as their parents and guardians for the enormous sacrifices they made towards their successful academic journey. In doing so she also thanked the state and private hospitals as well as the various health centres for their unconditional support and guidance during clinical placements in their institutions.
This year 42 Nursing students will graduate to join those who are already making a great impact in both public and private health care facilities across the country and in neighbouring countries.