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Nurses learn secret to not getting old: SIM - UOS Graduation Ceremony

“Learning must be enjoyable. It mustn’t be painful. Just get involved and do it!”

‘Just do it’: GOH Ms Rita Gan inspiring the graduands with personal anecdotes and famous quotes.
‘Just do it’: GOH Ms Rita Gan inspiring the graduands with personal anecdotes and famous quotes. 

This was the key message from Guest-of-Honour Ms Rita Gan, Head (Education) at the Singapore Nursing Board, when she addressed nursing graduands at the SIM - University of Sydney (UOS) Graduation Ceremony.

Citing her favourite Nike slogan several times, Ms Gan pointed out that the adult mind tends to put up barriers (read: excuses) when it comes to acquiring new knowledge. Drawing on her personal experiences, she motivated graduands to ‘take up the challenge' of learning through life.

Peppered with humorous stories, Ms Gan’s speech struck a chord – not merely with the graduating class, but also with their family members and friends. “As long as you are learning, you are not old,” she quoted Rosalyn S Yalow, an American medical physicist and Nobel Prize winner, evoking laughter in particular from the young-at-heart in the audience.

Ms Junie Foo, Member of SIM Governing Council, also gave an address, noting that nurses constitute the core of the healthcare workforce, and encouraged them to rise to the challenges facing the profession in the future. Nursing, Ms Foo said, has evolved from the past when nurses were just 'handmaidens' to doctors or surgeons. She added that contemporary nurses are themselves specialists in their field, trained in the use of sophisticated technology and equipment.

This year saw 80 graduands receive their Bachelor of Nursing degree. All registered nurses, they had joined the programme to upgrade their skills and qualifications. The SIM - UOS partnership is in its 22nd year, with some 2,600 alumni having graduated from the nursing programmes.

A beaming gold award winner for academic achievement in nursing (right) receiving the award from Ms Junie Foo.
A beaming gold award winner for academic achievement in nursing (right) receiving the award from Ms Junie Foo.

With degree will travel: SIM - UOS graduates are ready to take on more challenges in their nursing career.
With degree will travel: SIM - UOS graduates are ready to take on more challenges in their nursing career.

Article extracted from sim.edu.sg - 06 September 2016