And it was again a triumph for the College of Nursing of the Davao Doctors College to have these 416 nursing students place themselves a step closer to the culmination of their academic nursing life last 30th of March.
These 416 vibrant nursing students just received their college pins which bears the seal of their alma mater, carrying with them all the teachings it has taught them. They have worn their college rings to further solidify their commitment to their alma mater and the nursing profession. Together with their parents, we have been witnesses to their quest for knowledge and skills until the attainment of these dreams.
On a personal note, I have been proud of this batch for the achievements they have made inspite of changes implemented in the institution. As young as they are, they have also proven that nurses work best even under pressure and works with commitment, competence and compassion.
The Class 2011 was easier to manage considering the number of graduates or nursing students we had previous years. I met again another student whose heart stands for more than just pride for oneself but also for his mother, When Jomer Dalona was in my very eyes, practicing the speech that speaks for all of them..it has given me so much pride knowing that this school has produced such student. I remember Chiara Vergara and Tristan Zamora before, which I had the privilege to train delivering their piece, whose characters made me want them so much to succeed. I rarely see brilliance and humility rolled into one but again, I saw it in my students.
The ceremony was a triumph for the College of Nursing, who has struggled more than what others see, in giving these students what they need. It was a triumph for the clinical instructors who aside from bombarding them of a lot of nursing facts, had to go beyond knowing these students just to understand their ways. In many ways, we have poked our noses even at their personal concerns, just to understand what makes them appreciate what we teach. It is a difficult task managing and teaching 10 students in the area or 50 students in a classroom and ensuring that they have sincerely understood the value of the competency we are teaching. It is a difficult task to set our own personal problems aside to aid perfect strangers in their dreams. We do not teach without caring if our students understood. Nursing is never taught that way, NOT in this institution. Caring for others is best seen in transcending the knowledge.
And as I see the fruits of my own labor and passion, as well my colleagues, I am proud to let them go and reach their dreams. Congratulations to the College of Nursing for the team work and dedicaton. Congratulations to the Class of 2011. The whole journey was not all bed and roses as much as we wanted it to be. But on that day when we saw our students in their gala uniform with pins and wearing their rings, saw them smile and acknowledged our existence -- I could say "I have served my purpose well. ".