Wednesday, December 11, marked a significant day for eight students who received their nursing pins at St. George’s University Nursing and Allied Health Services Pinning Ceremony. Addressing the excited students and well-wishers at Caribbean House, Dr. Beverly Bonaparte, Dean of the School of Nursing, officially welcomed the students to the nursing fraternity.
“This event is a very special one – it is the day almost to the end of the journey where our soon-to-be graduates receive the pins that indicate to every nurse around the world, which school they attended,” she said. “Most importantly, it is the day they join the noble profession of nursing.”
Nester Edwards, Chief Medical Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health delivered a motivating keynote address, emphasizing the importance of clinical practice, professionalism, and leadership. She noted while clinical practice may have evolved throughout the years amidst a dynamic environment, the fundamentals remain the same. Nurse Edwards stated, “Clinical practice embodies all interactions between patients and their families, and is the driving force behind nursing.”
The art of caring was identified as the spirit of clinical practice, and the central theme distinguishing nursing from any other profession. Nurse Edwards defines it as, “being there for your patients and creating opportunities for fullness of being. Nursing without caring won’t be nursing,” she added, “And nurses have a legal and professional contract with society to care for its members.”
Nurse Edwards called upon the nurses to be professionals by going beyond their ordinary commitment to the profession and to become leaders by making the necessary sacrifices. In their quest for excellence, she urged them to constantly vie for challenging jobs and assignments, embrace change, surround themselves with the right people, and take the time to nurture their craft.
Awards were presented to the students for academic excellence, clinical excellence. and community service; including a special award from the Grenada National Council of the Disabled and the South St. George’s Welfare Association. Salisha Phillip claimed three out of the five awards, while Nadezna Samerson-Thomas received the Academic Excellence
Award and Yasha Cox the Clinical Excellence Award.
St. George’s University congratulates Ms. Phillip, Ms. Samerson-Thomas, Ms. Cox, Aleisha Alexis, Joseph Lewis, Lindsay Dawseanne, Shireen Moore, and Shaketa Samuel on their achievements.
Symbolism of the SGU Nursing Pin
St. George’s University Nursing Pin symbolizes a tradition that is nearly 1,000 years old. The SGU logo is mounted on a Maltese Cross. The Cross is the symbol associated with the Knights Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus, pioneers of communicable and chronic disease care. In the four sections of the shield on the SGU logo, symbols representing the nursing profession are inserted.
Books: Indicate the knowledge base and scholarship of the nursing profession.
Nightingale Lamp: Is a symbol of comfort, kindness, gentleness and the unwavering devotion to duty in the dark night at the hospital in the Crimean War, and in hospitals all over the world.
White Open Heart: Is the International Council of Nurses’ universal symbol for nursing, and characterizes the caring, knowledge and humanity that infuse the work and spirit of nursing. The white heart is also a unifying symbol of nurses globally.
Map of Grenada: Acknowledges the origin of the nursing program and speaks to the truly international nature of the education received at St. George’s University.