NCU president urges nursing graduates to serve in Jamaica
President of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr Lincoln Edwards urged nursing graduates at the commencement exercise of the university to stay in Jamaica and serve. His appeal came from the background of a usual high migration of nurses to the USA and the UK annually.
"There continues to be a critical shortage of nurses in Jamaica, fuelled by high attrition. I do hope some of you will heed the call to serve right here at home. Jamaica needs you now and those whom you anticipate serving will be forever grateful," said Dr Edwards.
He was speaking at the nurses Pinning Service held at the university's main campus in Mandeville on Saturday, August 11.
"Despite the challenges we face, I am inspired by the dedication to service and the commitment to assisting others that is exemplified among you. As the late Senator Robert Kennedy once said, 'Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a ripple of hope'." As you heed the call to give outstanding service, please know that you possess the power to transform lives and to make Jamaica and the entire world a better place," he added.
Edwards further posited that "NCU will continue to provide the best quality nursing education to her students so that you are well prepared to meet the demands of service. I hope each of you will be a goodwill ambassador for NCU and for your country."
He also challenged the graduands to be mindful of, and show gratitude to, those who have encouraged and supported them on their journey ... "their generosity, thoughtfulness and support have come at great sacrifice," he said.