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Crumlin welcomes new UCD graduate nurses

Thursday, 27th June, 2019 6:00pm
Crumlin welcomes new UCD graduate nurses

Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin hosted its annual nursing graduation and hospital badge ceremony with the 26 nurses who graduated with a BSc in Nursing (Children’s and General) from University College Dublin (UCD).

Crumlin welcomes new UCD graduate nurses

Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin hosted its annual nursing graduation and hospital badge ceremony with the 26 nurses who graduated with a BSc in Nursing (Children’s and General) from University College Dublin (UCD).

CHILDREN’S Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin hosted its annual nursing graduation and hospital badge ceremony last week with the 26 nurses who graduated with a BSc in Nursing (Children’s & General) from University College Dublin (UCD). 

The event, a joint graduation with the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), sees graduates of this Honours Degree programme undertake clinical placements in both children’s and adult hospitals.

They also graduate with a dual qualification of Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered General Nurse.

During the ceremony held in the hospital, the graduates accept the traditional blessing of the hands, after which they receive 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 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,” Ms Wall said. “This integrated Children’s and General Nursing Degree Programme has been in existence for 13 years now. It is a 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,” she added. “During your programme, we have cultivated a philosophy of lifelong learning. I encourage you to continue learning and seeking new knowledge.” 

Aisling Stafford gave the class reflection on behalf of the graduates.

She also acknowledged the support of all those who helped them during their student years, including their classmates, the staff of the hospitals and UCD, and not least the patients and their families.

“Being a nurse comes with its own challenges, may it be the early mornings or long shifts, but it is the patients who continue to motivate us and remind us why we do this job,” she said. “It is truly a privilege to have worked within each hospital.”

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