A special awards ceremony was organised by the Sangam Institute of Technology’s College of Nursing and Health Care Education to recognise students with outstanding performance in the Bachelor of Nursing Science (bridging programme) and Post Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. The ceremony was held at the Suva Sangam Hall in Samabula and attended by a selected number of guests together with the awards recipients and family members. These awards were supposed to have been presented at the official graduation that was scheduled for May this year and was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 100 nurses were also supposed to have officially graduated in May, having upgraded their qualifications in the two aforementioned programmes. Since the commencement of the bridging programme in 2016, the College of Nursing has graduated a total of 656 graduates. To date, a total of 96 nurses have successfully graduated in the Midwifery postgraduate programme.
The Chief Guest, Chief Nursing/Midwifery Officer – Fiji and Rotuma, Mr Kavekini Neidiri, congratulated the award recipients and highlighted how researchers have proved that higher nurse education levels contribute to improved patient outcomes.