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Graduating nurses boost manpower

Manpower in Samoa’s health sector has been given a major boost with the graduation of 81 nurses and midwives.

The newly-registered nurses and midwives took an oath after receiving their certificates and badges, in front of guests, families and friends at the National University of Samoa (NUS) Fale recently.

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, congratulated the graduates on behalf of the Government and urged them to use their knowledge wisely.

“A nurse is someone who is well prepared and soothes pains with their voices, language and actions. Do your job with love, patience and remember to always work well with every single area of healthcare services,” he said.

The Samoa Nursing Association’s president, Solialofi Papali’i Pisimaka, also congratulated the graduates for the five years of hard work, especially those who have just been registered and taken it a step further to specialise in midwifery. 

Hanna Wilson, a newly registered nurse who spoke on behalf of her graduation class of 2018, expressed their appreciation for the support the students received during the one-year orientation program. 

“We would like to thank you for the orientation program that was put together, enabling us to learn suitable skills and knowledge.

“Thank you Samoa Nursing Association President and all of the nurses that worked together with us during the program for sharing with us your wisdom, skills and for showing us support.

“Not forgetting our parents, spouses, children, family, church communities, villages and friends; we thank you all from the bottom of your hearts,” she said.

The registered nurses’ recently completion of the one-year orientation program brings the total number of the profession to 523, who have been deployed to Samoa’s various hospitals in Savai’i and Upolu. 

The one-year orientation program is run by the Ministry of Health and enables trainee-nurses to gain experience in supervision, monitoring and training. They work under the guidance of MOH associate chief executive officer, Fuatai Maiava, who ensures the trainees adhere to policies and regulations. 

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