Five employees of the Saba Health Care Foundation and Benevolent Foundation graduated as Certified Nursing Assistants on Friday, November 23.
The five completed a seven-month course from May to November to obtain their certification. The five graduates Beverly Cox, Cheralyn Cox, Chadiska DeRoche, Alujah Rivers and Lorna Frederick, received their diploma as certified nursing assistants, with Frederick graduating Cum Laude.
St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) Education Department representatives Brunilda Illidge and Antonio Pantophlet facilitated the Nursing Assistant course. Illidge made frequent trips to Saba to hold classes during the entire seven-month period. In addition to their training in Saba, the students were required to complete two weeks of practical and theoretical training at SMMC.
“The students performed exceptionally well during the course and on their final exam. I am very proud of the dedication and passion shown by all the graduates during their studies,” Pantophlet was quoted as saying in a press release from SMMC on Monday. SMMC’s Education Department members Pantophlet, Illidge and Vitalia Richardson travelled to Saba for the final examinations and to attend the graduation ceremony. They joined the nurses, management and staff of Saba Health Care Foundation in celebrating the joyous occasion with the nursing graduates, SMMC said.
The nursing assistants can further their studies in the field of nursing with continued efforts, it was stated in the release. Course facilitators applauded the initiative taken by the management of Saba Health Care Foundation in providing such an opportunity for their staff.
The Daily Herald.