Proud families watch nursing graduates say farewell to NorthTec

21 July 2016

Proud families watch nursing graduates say farewell to NorthTec

Around 300 whānau and friends packed the NorthTec marae yesterday, to watch a formal farewell for a cohort of nursing degree graduates.

The 42 graduates, who have just finished their three-year Bachelor of Nursing programme, each received flowers and a NorthTec badge as they thanked all their supporters who had helped them on the journey to becoming qualified nurses.

Nursing tutor, Joanna Davison, paid tribute to the students for their hard work and also acknowledged the family members and friends in attendance. Quoting a Māori proverb, she said: “Success is not the work of one but of many. It was the support and love of all those people here today that helped you get through. They say it takes a village to raise a child; well, it takes a community to raise a nurse.”

She told the group of graduates: “We as the nursing department feel immensely proud of you and the achievements you have attained. We know that over the three years it can be a time of stress, frustration and great sacrifice.

“Be confident in yourselves and your practice, remember that people are our taonga or treasure, and care for them well. I know that the future of our community is in great hands.”

Phil Giles, Director of Arts, Commerce and Applied Science, congratulated the graduates on completing their studies and attaining their degrees. He said: “We have if not the best, then one of the best, nursing departments in the country. I think our graduates stack up against any other department, and are right up there when it comes to employment outcomes.”

Note to editors: NorthTec has two annual intakes of nursing students. The graduates at yesterday’s whakawatea (farewell) were a mid-year intake, and will graduate formally at next year’s NorthTec-wide graduation ceremony. 

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