by: Maria Angelica Onto
Angels hail as they celebrated the 36th Recognition and Pinning Ceremonies for student nurses last May 31, 2023 at the University Gymnasium. With the theme “NDU Nurses: Adapting to Contemporary Challenges through Altruistic Service,” the program started with the opening remarks from Mary Jane K. Balawag, RN, MAN, PhD, program head of the College of Health Sciences.
“As we look ahead, we are confident batch 2023 will carry the legacy of NDU,” she stated in her message.
The college also presented and recognized special awards in the field of Sports, Socio-Cultural, and Academic events that they got during the last Notre Dame Festival 2023. In the field of Sports, Rookie of the Year awardees are as follows: Football (Al-Moner Ito), Basketball (Alhamidin S. Guialal), Baseball (Paul Joshua Olazo), Softball (Candy Mae Jaromay), Volleyball Women (Bai Hajira Masulot), Volleyball Men (Moses Santiago). And the Most Valuable Players are: Softball (Rehanna Guinta), Volleyball Women (Sittie Rasma Talipasan), Volleyball Men (Haiyan Yacob). Artist of the Year is also awarded to Ms. Dian Solano. Leadership Award was also given to Ms. Fatma Anayatin, and they also awarded 102 CHS students the College Service Award.
Ma’am Donnavilla D. Yap, RN, MN presented the program’s guest speaker Philippine Nurses Association – Davao Chapter President Mr. Jose Colin C. Yee, RN, MAN, PhD. He shared in his message that we should use lessons and improve decision-making.
“Education is not a contest or a competition but a preparation for a successful profession someday and we should always prepare for the challenges which come along the way,” Dr. Yee said.
Ma’am Regina R. Tolentino, RN, MAEd, EdD shared the significance of the Pinning Ceremony. University President, Rev. Fr. Francis Efren C. Zabala, OMI, D. Min. then delivered a message of acceptance as he shared the value of the ceremony and how the university is responding to the call of producing nurses.
A total of 159 student nurses received their pins with their guardians and family members. Ms. Bai Sheejan Zandra P. Ambolodto led the Nightingale Pledge, followed by the Nurse Prayer led by Mr. Jhyston Rave A. Sayre and followed by singing of their batch song “Dream It Possible.”
The program concluded with closing remarks from Level 4 Coordinator, Ma’am Girlie “J” G. Hermoso, RN, MAN.
Photos by: Ebrahim Nor, Adrian Ponce, Johanne Katrina Pelayre, Salaahuddeen Mero