Nurse dedicates achievement to late mother

A recipient of a Bachelor of Nursing certificate, Vaimoan Laifa, dedicated her achievement to her deceased mother.

The 26-year-old was among 529 graduates from the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) who were awarded with certificates, diplomas, and degrees from Friday at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Youth Hall at Mulinu’u.

She is the daughter of Teuila and Laifa Lima from Saasa’ai and Iva, Savaii. She studied for two years to attain her degree.

“I took foundation studies in 2010 but then I stayed to look after my sick mother, whom I want to dedicate all my success to because she always advised and pushed me to pursue my studies.

“My mother passed away in 2015 and I came back to school in 2016 and continue my studies in Diploma in Nursing. But you must have a 75 average in your marks, in order to qualify for a Bachelor’s degree and I was thankful that it was through hard work, that helped me advance to the next level, which is my Bachelor degree,” she added.

The Bachelor of Nursing graduate said financially it was a struggle.

“The greatest challenge is financial support but my family members, especially my husband gave me their utmost support.

“I chose this field with the aim to provide assistance to those who are sick. I am overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness, all the glory be given back to our Almighty God for all his blessings and guidance.

“The next step in my life is to pursue higher level of education with God’s guidance and support and again I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to siblings and my father for their support.”

Vaimoan is currently a nurse at the Ministry of Health.

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