UTech Midwifery students earn their stripes
Western Bureau: The prestigious University of Technology (UTech) Caribbean School of Nursing (CSON) incorporated its first batch of midwifery students during the faculty's fourth annual striping ceremony, which was held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay recently.
The event saw 252 midwifery and nursing students being striped. Students are awarded and striped for satisfying academic requirements, displaying good behaviour and attitude toward their profession, and meeting other stipulated criteria.
The inclusion of the midwifery students in the symbolic ceremony is just one of the changes which the institution is undergoing. "Reflect on your name, you are no longer School of Nursing, but the Caribbean School of Nursing," stated UTech Western Jamaica Campus Coordinator, Dr Joseph Grannum, during his address.
"And it means a lot to us as a university that we are not only serving Jamaica or the Kingston and Cornwall schools as your predecessors did, and not only the Caribbean, but you are serving the world. Whether or not you know it, you are serving now at the undergraduate level," Grannum added.
In his keynote address, Stephen Drummond, education director of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, urged the student nurses to maintain interpersonal contact with their patients, regardless of new developments in technology as the human touch was key in patients' recovery.
"Don't underestimate the power of human contact," Drummond said. "With smart-bed technology and all these other advances, you wonder, 'how do I fit in as a nurse?'... I am saying to all the nurses, regardless of the technology that is placed in the facility in which you work, try to maintain contact with your patients."
"Nothing in this world replaces your contact with another person. It does something more than these electronic gadgets. So regardless of all the technological things in place now, please make sure to talk to your patients," added Drummond.