Knox Community College on the pathway to excellence
Over the years, the graduates from the Department of Nursing at the Knox Community College, Cobbla campus, have been in high demand locally and internationally due to their competency in many specialised areas.
As a result of this trend of high achievers, the school has continued to host its awards ceremonies to acknowledge the work done and fuel the drive for the students to continue to do well.
"The department is resolute in maintaining high standards set by the college in collaboration with the University of the West Indies and the Nursing Council of Jamaica. We are confident that the par excellence academic approaches extended to the assistant nursing programme and the bachelor of science nursing programme will continue to broaden the minds and the scope of these young professionals," said acting Head of Nursing Denton Smith.
More than 20 students were awarded for having the highest grade point averages and overall percentages in the department, while more than 100 students were striped for having successfully completed the requirements needed to matriculate to advanced courses.
Second-year student Sasha Gay Walker was given a special award for attaining a perfect profile and securing a GPA of 4.06, the highest in the department.
According to principal of the Knox College, the Reverend Dr Gordon Cowans, the excellence highlighted is testament to the institution's academic potency and a solution to the crisis of migrating nurses.
"Rather than always waiting for crisis to come upon us, as a nation that seeks to develop, we are to look for solutions to our problems even as we project the possibility of these problems, we are to look for solutions within ourselves," Dr Cowans said.
He continued: "The contribution that a community college of this quality can give to the excellent professionals, who are nurses, remains yet untapped. Our commitment to quality is without question."
With the only first class honours graduate in the bachelor's programme of the nearly 600 graduates from the UWI programme last year hailing from Knox college, Dr Cowans is of the belief that Jamaica can continue to produce high-quality nurses, equalling the numbers of those leaving the country.