The Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State recently inducted 39 of its students into the nursing profession. This marked the second induction, awards and oath-taking ceremony of the institution which graduated its first set of nursing students just last year.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Anthony Akinlo also urged the inductees to be compassionate and exhibit emotional senses, when performing their duties. He urged them to see the profession as a call to serve humanity and be good ambassadors of the university.
Speaking during the induction, Dr Deborah Onisile, the Acting Head of the Department of Nursing Science noted that the inductees successfully passed the General Nursing Council Examination with a 100% pass rate. She further noted that the induction was the second of its kind in the year saying “On this day, 39 students, who have successfully passed the General Nursing Council Examination, after a lot of pruning, will be inducted into the nursing profession. It is exciting to note that all members of this set made it through with no one left behind. This induction is significant because it is the second of its kind happening in the year, making it a total number of 60 registered nurses that the department has produced,” she said.
Dr. Eunice Olowokeere, the induction keynote speaker, stated that in the past, nursing was perceived as an unprofessional job, a job for the less intelligent people, a woman’s job, a job driven by intuition and an unscientific profession. Olowokeere, who delivered the lecture entitled, “Technology and nursing practice: Trends, challenges and prospects”, said the nursing profession now plays a key role in research, health, policy-making, supporting and promoting the health of diverse categories of people. She said that the nursing profession was now continuously changing with technology becoming increasingly vital in health care delivery.
Olowokeere, a registered public health nurse, emphasized the importance of technology to the nursing profession because it helps in the early detection of errors, provides solutions to nursing shortages, and better education and documentation. According to her, “Technology has transformed the nursing practice tremendously and has made nurses’ work easier,”.