Nurses celebrate as they Graduate at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin

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Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin hosted its annual nursing graduation and hospital badge ceremony on Friday 14th June 2019. 26 nurses graduated with a BSc in Nursing (Children’s & General) from University College Dublin (UCD).

This event is a joint graduation with the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) as graduates of this Honours Degree programme undertake clinical placements in both children’s and adult hospitals, and graduate with a dual qualification of Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered General Nurse. Earlier today the graduates attended their conferring ceremony in UCD.

During the ceremony held in the hospital, the graduates accepted the traditional blessing of the hands, after which they received their hospital badges from CHI at Crumlin and either MMUH or SVUH. 

Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing in CHI at Crumlin, welcomed graduates, their families and representatives from MMUH, SVUH and UCD to the event and delivered the keynote address at the ceremony. During her address, Ms Wall reflected on the developments and achievements of nursing and the contribution the graduates will assuredly bring to the care of patients across a multiplicity of settings as they embark on their careers.

“I am delighted to be delivering this keynote address to you today. This integrated Children’s and General Nursing Degree Programme has been in existence for 13 years now and it is testament to its success that it has prepared confident and competent nurses to work with children and adults who have a wide variety of complex illnesses and injuries.”    

“Healthcare is continuously advancing and nurses will need to constantly upskill and develop their knowledge and skill to be responsive to the latest developments in medical, surgical and technological advancements. During your programme, we have cultivated a philosophy of life-long learning. I encourage you to continue learning and seeking new knowledge.”

Aisling Stafford gave the class reflection on behalf of the graduates and acknowledged the support of all those who have helped them during their student years, including their classmates, the staff of the hospitals and UCD, and not least the patients and their families that they have met and cared for during the 4½ years of this programme. “Being a nurse comes with its own challenges, may it be the early mornings or long shifts, but it is the patients we meet along the way who continue to motivate us and remind us why we do this job. It is truly a privilege to have worked within each of these hospitals and I think we all feel a sense of pride having met and looked after so many wonderful people. Our patients have taught us the true meaning of courage and strength and we are so thankful for that.”