Final-year nursing students take the oath of service

Issued by North West University
Johannesburg, Dec 4, 2017

For anyone in the nursing profession, an unforgettable career milestone comes when nursing students take the nurses' pledge of service. It was with solemnity and reverence that final-year nursing students took part in their oath-taking and awards ceremony at the North-West University's (NWU) campus in Mahikeng on 17 November.

In taking the nurses' oath, they committed themselves to the service of humanity and to practice their profession with conscience and with dignity.

The Department of Nursing Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosted the ceremony at the Seasons Events and Conference Centre.

The guest speaker was Senamela Seabelo, principal of the Garankuwa Nursing College, who gave an address titled: "Offering service of humanity beyond mediocrity in the cold working environment".

He reminded the attendees that they have dared to be different.

"You have sacrificed your time, family time, friends and you have invested all in your studies, when others could not, either deliberately or because of circumstances. You have faced all the challenges, now you have reached that stage of reaping the fruits of success," he said.

"Now as a nursing graduate you must show service of humanity beyond mediocrity in cold working environments through self-service and creating a therapeutic environment."

Among the guests were Prof A Pienaar, the faculty coordinator, Ms S Molale, a clinical representative, Ms M Phakela from the Nursing Parents' Forum and teaching staff in the Department of Nursing Sciences.

Seven awards were presented to students who had performed the best throughout the programme:

General nursing science: Mr Ofentse MolotoCommunity nursing science: Ms K SethibePsychiatric nursing science: Ms K SethibeMidwifery: Mr O MolotoResearch: Mr H SehemoEthics, professional practice and management: Mr B NgakaneOverall best student: Miss K Sethibe