School of Nursing, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), has matriculated her 2017 set of student nurses who had succeeded the selection and weeding process as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, in the school on Friday.

The matriculation and capping exercise which was declared opened by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Adekunle Ajayi, was described as the 6th of its kind in the annual of the school but the 1st since the CMD assumed office eleven months ago.

In her welcome address, the Principal of the School, Mrs Adeniji Oluwabunmi, gave gratitude to God and extolled the management of the hospital for her unrelenting supports towards the growth in quality of the school and that of the training offered.

She described the matriculating students as those who had gone through a lot of hard work and who had sailed through the rigorous selection and weeding process as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to pursue a career in Nursing.

“Nursing is not a profession for lazy people. Nurses deal with life, therefore it becomes very important to train them properly. You must shun any act of indiscipline, insubordination, destruction of school property, cultism and other behaviours inimical to academic excellence,” the principal charged.

The class coordinator, Mrs Oloniboko, presented the new intakes to the principal for matriculation oath and capping, and was done by the trio of Director of Nursing Service, Ekiti State Ministry of Health, Mrs Akute, FETHI Head of Nursing Services, Mrs Omobowoje who was ably represented by Chief Edward Bolanle and Mrs Adeniyi.

Congratulating the matriculating students on their admission and escape of weeding, Dr Ajayi urged them to be focused and avoid side attractions which may come in different forms in the course of their studies.

He said: “It is not the person who has started the journey that should be praised. It is he who has finished the journey. What you are doing today is that you have just bought a ticket to enter a bus whose destination is already known. You must be focused on your destination, and your destination is that you want to graduate as professional nurses. Mind you, side attractions are impediments and major distractions.”

The CMD assured both the students and their parents of the management’s determination to provide enabling environment suitable for international training standard. He however urged the parents to also take the financial aspect of the journey more serious.

Mrs Akute and Mrs Omobowoje who was ably represented by Chief Edward Bolanle, both congratulated the new intakes and charged them never to relent on their efforts.

They applauded the 100 percent recently recorded by the school in an examination which was conducted nationwide, saying the giant stride represents the true image of the school as centre of excellence.

Mrs Ajiboye, who later gave the vote of thanks, appreciated God for the success of the programme, acknowledged the usual stand of the management in support of the school and recognised all members of staff and parents presents for identifying with the school.

Also appeared in academic gowns with the CMD were the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr Idowu Adebara, the Director of Administration (DA), Chief B.O Ogunrinde and the School Principal, Mrs Adeniji Oluwabunmi.

The CMD thereafter inspected the demonstration room for practical classes of the student nurses and the newly purchased male, female and infants Mannikins.